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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.
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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.
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American Reference Books Annual “The SAGE Handbook of Research Management should prove to be a valuable guide to researchers, grant writing, developing proposals, and teamwork. It is recommended to academic and research libraries.”
Wherever one is in the food-chain of research, one experiences frustrations, aspirations and determinations to secure change to enable what one sees as more effective and efficient processes to deliver life-changing outcomes. Dingwall and McDonnell manage to combine a realism, 'there is no one toolkit', with some useful guidance on the frameworks and framing which is required as a research community if we are to improve our chances of meeting our goals of advancing knowledge in the 21st Century.
Editors Dingwall and McDonnell are prominent researchers based, respectively, in the UK and US, who bring to the project collective expertise in higher education, administration, consulting, journalism, non-profit advocacy, and longitudinal research. Their experience gives them insight into the tensions and conflicting demands researchers in higher education face. The editors have gathered an international group of authors to discuss aspects of management across the research life cycle, with three main sections focused on starting, implementing, and disseminating research. The editors' introduction and conclusion help readers understand the context and interplay of successful management for organizations, teams, and their leaders.
Robert Dingwall is a consulting sociologist through Dingwall Enterprises Ltd and part-time Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University.
He draws on more than forty years experience as an academic researcher studying health care, legal services, and science and technology policy at the Universities of Aberdeen, Oxford and Nottingham. Over that time, he has held grants and contracts worth more than 7 million (at 2017 prices) in total from the Leverhulme and Wellcome Trusts, ESRC, NERC, MRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, the EU, the UK Department of Health and various NHS/NIHR programmes, the Ministry of Justice, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Food Standards Agency. These have resulted in 30 books and more than 100 scientific papers. Robert Dingwall is also an experienced manager: he served for five years as head of a large social science department and founded and directed what was one of Europes leading research institutes in science and technology studies for 12 years.
Robert has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2002 and an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health since 2014. He was awarded the 2019 Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community by the Socio-Legal Studies Association. Mary McDonnell is executive director and chief operating officer of the Social Science Research Council and leads the Councils capacity strengthening, fellowships, and Asia-focused work. McDonnell has a PhD in history and masters degrees in both international affairs and journalism from Columbia University. She worked as a journalist covering Asian and Middle Eastern affairs before joining the Council full time in 1986, where she became founding director of the Abe Fellowship and Vietnam Programs. She is currently leading a decade-long, qualitative and quantitative assessment of population health in rural Vietnam. McDonnell chairs the Board of Trustees of the School for Social Development and Public Policy at Beijing Normal University and serves on the advisory board of the Mobilising the Humanities project of the British Council. She is also a founding member of the board of a new NGO, Resources for Health Equity.
Section 1: Getting Started Preparing for a Research Career - David Stone and Robert Gutierrez Planning and Project Management - Bob Anderson Responding to a Call - Rajika Bhandari and Jonah Kokodyniak Getting Funded for the First Time - Daniella Sarnoff Winning Large Grants - Paul Martin Developing a Project and Choosing a Funder - Amarjit Kaur Section 2: Developing the Proposal Developing and Managing Budgets - John Koprowski Supporting Management with Technology - Zachary Zinn Incorporating Gender and Diversity - Lut Mergaert and Maxime Forest Securing Access - Oscar Salemink Considering Ethics for Social Science Research - Michelle McGinn Managing Researcher Safety - Desmond Arias Section 3: Getting Organized Organizing and Managing Research - Josh DeWind Engaging the University Administration - Mike Saks Collaborating Across Disciplines - Michael Davis Developing and Executing Cross-National Projects - Ivy Bourgeault, Yvonne James and Corinne Packer Section 4: Managing in Different Environments Succeeding in a European Research Environment: Eleven Lessons from Denmark - Maja Horst and Alan Irwin Negotiating in a US University Environment - Barbara Stallings Managing Research in a Developing Country - Hy Van Luong Promoting Research and Development in Large Organisations - Michael Hewitt Working Outside Universities - Josefina Card Managing the Private-Sector Research Project - Sam Ladner Section 5: Managing the People Promoting Teamwork, from Within and from Afar - Mark VanLandingham Enacting Leadership in Research Programmes - Graeme Currie Surviving and Progressing as a Research Fellow - Sarah Dyer and Kate Weiner Making Best Use of Research Administrators - Sophie Dale-Black Hiring, Integrating and Removing Team Members - Erin Johnson Mentoring, Appraising, Ensuring Professional Development and Evaluating Performance - Judith Tanur Section 6: Planning for Impact Achieving an Impact - Caitlin Porter and Michael Hewitt Exchanging Knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Lisa Mooney Marketing the Team - Neil Robinson Planning for Publications - Mary-Lea Awanohara Mobilizing and Disseminating Research Findings Through Informal Mechanisms - Anil Deolalikar Section 7: Delivering Impact Planning and Executing "the Book" - Frank Baldwin Working with Print and Online Journalism - Charles Burress Working with the Broadcast Media - Toby Murcott Crafting Strategic Events to Strengthen Research Outputs and Disseminate Results - Nicole Restrick Levit Using Graphics in Print and Presentations - Steve Kosslyn Section 8: Beyond the Current Project Developing a Research Strategy at a Research Intensive University: A Pro Vice Chancellor's Perspective - Teresa Rees Using Research Process to Improve Research Practice - Jacqueline Williams Kaye Moving on? - Barbara Czarniawska