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.

Planning and Executing ‘the Book’



Collaborative research projects do have a high potential for creating frustration and straining friendships.1

Thinking of organizing a conference with colleagues in a plush setting to produce an edited volume? Perhaps you have something like this in mind: ‘In September 1987, at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy, an extraordinary conference convened under the auspices of the Committee on American–East Asian Relations … This volume contains the fruits of that conference: the papers of the participants as revised after an intense week of discussions’ (Cohen and Iriye 1990). This chapter describes the organization and hazards of an edited volume, presents case studies, and concludes with a few cautionary tales.

An edited volume is a field of dreams for younger researchers: conceive a ...

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