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.
Whether you are still waiting to hear back on your funding request or you have just received your grant, it is not too soon to inform yourself about next steps and to begin preparations for implementing your project. Good organization and planning, both in advance and during the project, will help you to produce the new knowledge you envision, on time and within budget. Executing your project successfully will entail working with individuals and with structures and processes that are often entwined, requiring PIs to construct linkages and work across multiple boundaries.
The chapters in Part III engage different kinds of concerns around getting organized with a focus both on matters internal to the project and in the external environment that surrounds, ...