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.
Chapter 8: Supporting Management with Technology
Supporting Management with Technology
With so many digital tools competing for your attention (and your funding), finding the ones that best fit your research project can quickly become an overwhelming task. You know there are benefits within reach, but how can a ‘non-techy’ successfully carve their own path through the seemingly endless digital jungle of software suites, cloud tools, and mobile applications? This chapter provides the roadmap you will need to help identify which tools will yield the greatest advantages for your particular project's requirements in research management, collaboration and data analysis.
In my decade of experience working as an information technology (IT) specialist with academic researchers, universities, and non-profit organizations, I've seen my fair share ...