The Handbook of Research Management is a unique tool for the newly promoted research leader. Larger-scale projects are becoming more common throughout the social sciences and humanities, housed in centres, institutes and programmes. Talented researchers find themselves faced with new challenges to act as managers and leaders rather than as individual scholars. They are responsible for the careers and professional development of others, and for managing interactions with university administrations and external stakeholders. Although many scientific and technological disciplines have long been organized in this way, few resources have been created to help new leaders understand their roles and responsibilities and to reflect on their practice.
This Handbook has been created by the combined experience of a leading social scientist and a chief executive of a major international research development institution and funder. The editors have recruited a truly global team of contributors to write about the challenges they have encountered in the course of their careers, and to provoke readers to think about how they might respond within their own contexts.
This book will be a standard work of reference for new research leaders, in any discipline or country, looking for help and inspiration. The editorial commentaries extend its potential use in support of training events or workshops where groups of new leaders can come together and explore the issues that are confronting them.
Managing in Different Environments
Every principal investigator (PI) will relate to a range of institutional environments during the course of a major research project. Part III, on organizing yourself to begin the project, addressed the difficulties of building links across boundaries, including institutional boundaries, and will have left you with a personal checklist of what more you need to learn or do in order to effectively negotiate your way across boundaries relevant to the success of your project.
Another part of getting organized at the outset and efficiently implementing the project relates to navigating within and alongside some set of organizational environments. Part IV takes a close look at a number of the environments in which research is conducted and that a PI may thus find ...