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Chapter 13 | Organizing and Managing Research

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Organizing and Managing Research

One of the elemental, if not always very interesting, goals of organizing and managing a social science research project is to complete the project on schedule and within budget. More interesting, and of course more important, is the goal of creating new knowledge and insights into social life. In research projects with multiple members, good organization will help to accomplish both goals, but success depends upon the skilful management of social relations among project members.

Having been trained in anthropology at a time when many in the discipline considered ethnography to be something of a personal art form rather than a teachable skill, what I describe in this chapter as ways for project managers to realize the practical and intellectual goals of ...

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