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 the Private-Sector Research Project


Few academics are familiar with the practice of managing research projects in the private sector. Fewer still have direct experience in managing such projects. Research in the private sector is very similar to research in the academic setting – it is methodical, tightly focused, intellectually challenging, and sometimes frustrating. Yet there are additional challenges for the private-sector research manager. Private-sector research requires the social scientist to maintain her researcher's viewpoint, while simultaneously employing contemporary corporate practices. An applied social research manager is embedded in a cultural milieu that differs significantly from the academic research manager's: she is part of the contemporary corporate world. This means she must adopt a critical mindset, while, at the same time, becoming a culturally competent ...

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