The corporate liaison plays a crucial role in TMP success. The liaison role is much more than a “when I get time” responsibility. Ideally, team involvement should become an explicit part of the individual’s job description for the duration of the project. Our most successful corporate liaisons report spending from two to four hours per week on the project.
Not only does the liaison help ensure that the project remains on track and that its goals continue to be relevant, but he/she serves as the gateway to the rest of the organization. Ideally, the liaison is thoroughly knowledgeable about the project topic, has excellent communication skills, and can work successfully with bright young graduate students. Also, the liaison should have adequate authority within your organization to make timely decisions and obtain buy-in.