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.
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 ...