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 and Managing Budgets

John J.Koprowski


The term ‘budget’ is quite often used generically in our everyday lives. We frequently hear people say, ‘I have to put myself on a budget’ or ‘this purchase is going to break my budget’. In this chapter, however, we are not going to talk about personal budgets or household budgets but about the sort of institutional budgeting typically undertaken by organizations. While the term ‘institution’ can cover all types of organizations – for-profit businesses of all sizes, government at all levels and the non-profit sector – we are focusing on the non-profit sector. Within that sector, we are looking at entities which raise funds from the general public and from the government, or are part of a larger organization which ...

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