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.
Beyond the Current Project
The large-scale, collaborative team research project that has taken up significant chunks of your recent time, energy and effort has wound down – you have disseminated initial results and achieved sufficient visibility for your first tranche of findings to deliver a measure of the impact discussed in the prior part.
What happens next? Should you continue to mine the data from the current project? How do you determine your subsequent research project? Will it take you in a new direction or build on the current project to create a critical mass of work in a particular arena? Are there more phases and research sites that now seem relevant for further comparative investigation, based on what you learned from the first set of ...