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.

Negotiating in a US University Environment



In the major universities in the United States – and increasingly among smaller, highly-ranked colleges – research is the primary activity of faculty members. Of course good teaching is also expected, but, for better or worse, research productivity is usually the major criterion used for hiring, promotion, and other rewards. Understanding this aspect of academic culture is essential for understanding how US universities operate; in other countries research does not always play such a prominent role. Since universities expect their faculty to carry out research, they try to help them do so. This assistance can take many forms, but focuses mainly on providing financial or human resources to help further the research process. At the same time, universities also ...

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