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.

Succeeding in a European Research Environment: Eleven Lessons from Denmark

MajaHorst and AlanIrwin1

Welcome to Denmark

’We would like to welcome Alan to his new role. Today, and especially for his benefit, we will have our discussion in Danish.’

These words were spoken by the then-President of Copenhagen Business School (CBS) to a group of department heads just before one of the authors took up his new position as Dean of Research in 2007. The context was the appointment of a foreign (non-resident, non-Danish speaking and even non-Scandinavian) dean for (so far as we are aware) the first time to a Danish university. The message concerning the need for rapid assimilation could not have been clearer. At the same time, one can detect in this ironic phrasing the ...

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