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.

Developing a Research Strategy at a Research Intensive University: A Pro Vice Chancellor's Perspective



Universities employ academics selected for their intellectual merit, who are driven by their own curiosity and who value the concept of academic freedom. How can the employer ensure that they are recruiting the ‘best talent’ and harness that enthusiasm and energy to greatest effect? Increasingly, universities are seeking to develop research strategies to maximize their return on their investment. This involves working with the commitment and drive of researchers while seeking to create a paradigm shift in their ways of working. The process has been likened many times to herding cats (Greenlick 2012).

Global competition has intensified as countries such as China, India, Brazil, South Korea and Russia invest more in research ...

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