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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 Project Management
Planning and Project Management
Bob Anderson
INTRODUCTION

This chapter is about planning and its role in the management of projects. It aims to encourage the use of appropriate levels of careful planning as one of a number of ‘project management tools’ that can help a project or portfolio of projects reach a successful conclusion. In other words, while planning may be necessary to begin a project in a reasonably orderly way, it can also be used throughout (and beyond!) to ensure the project achieves its maximum potential for its sponsor as well as for its leader and the rest of the team. Skilful planning is one of the arts of successful project management.

PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS

Several things need to be ...

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