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.

Hiring, Integrating and Removing Team Members


Sometimes, unfortunately, research leaders will have to confront the problem of an under-performing RA or support staff person. National labour laws vary as a context for terminating their employment but universities have a poor record at addressing these issues and moving people on in constructive ways. This chapter will look at the challenge of identifying and documenting under-performance, and then dealing with the person involved in a way that is both humane and positive.


The first thing that comes to mind when I think about under-performers is my desire to understand what exactly is causing a person to under-perform. I am also just as curious to determine how, and the reason(s) why a person may be at this stage. There ...

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