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The SAGE Handbook of Research Management

The SAGE Handbook of Research Management

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August 2015 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.  

David Stone and Robert Gutierrez
Preparing for a Research Career
Bob Anderson
Planning and Project Management
Rajika Bhandari and Jonah Kokodyniak
Responding to a Call
Daniella Sarnoff
Getting Funded for the First Time
Paul Martin
Winning Large Grants
Amarjit Kaur
Developing a Project and Choosing a Funder
John Koprowski
Developing and Managing Budgets
Zachary Zinn
Supporting Management with Technology
Lut Mergaert and Maxime Forest
Incorporating Gender and Diversity
Oscar Salemink
Securing Access
Michelle McGinn
Considering Ethics for Social Science Research
Desmond Arias
Managing Researcher Safety
Josh DeWind
Organizing and Managing Research
Mike Saks
Engaging the University Administration
Michael Davis
Collaborating Across Disciplines
Ivy Bourgeault, Yvonne James and Corinne Packer
Developing and Executing Cross-National Projects
Maja Horst and Alan Irwin
Succeeding in a European Research Environment: Eleven Lessons from Denmark
Barbara Stallings
Negotiating in a US University Environment
Hy Van Luong
Managing Research in a Developing Country
Michael Hewitt
Promoting Research and Development in Large Organisations
Josefina Card
Working Outside Universities
Sam Ladner
Managing the Private-Sector Research Project
Mark VanLandingham
Promoting Teamwork, from Within and from Afar
Graeme Currie
Enacting Leadership in Research Programmes
Sarah Dyer and Kate Weiner
Surviving and Progressing as a Research Fellow
Sophie Dale-Black
Making Best Use of Research Administrators
Erin Johnson
Hiring, Integrating and Removing Team Members
Judith Tanur
Mentoring, Appraising, Ensuring Professional Development and Evaluating Performance
Caitlin Porter and Michael Hewitt
Achieving an Impact
Lisa Mooney
Exchanging Knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Neil Robinson
Marketing the Team
Mary-Lea Awanohara
Planning for Publications
Anil Deolalikar
Mobilizing and Disseminating Research Findings Through Informal Mechanisms
Frank Baldwin
Planning and Executing “the Book”
Charles Burress
Working with Print and Online Journalism
Toby Murcott
Working with the Broadcast Media
Nicole Restrick Levit
Crafting Strategic Events to Strengthen Research Outputs and Disseminate Results
Steve Kosslyn
Using Graphics in Print and Presentations
Teresa Rees
Developing a Research Strategy at a Research Intensive University: A Pro Vice Chancellor’s Perspective
Jacqueline Williams Kaye
Using Research Process to Improve Research Practice
Barbara Czarniawska
Moving on?

“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.”

L. Heckman
American Reference Books Annual

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.

Sandra Dawson, Professor Emeritus
University of Cambridge

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.

W. Dressel, Princeton University Library

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Preparing for a Research Career

Robert Dingwall

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... More About Author

Mary Byrne McDonnell

Mary McDonnell is executive director and chief operating officer of the Social Science Research Council and leads the Council’s capacity strengthening, fellowships, and Asia-focused work. McDonnell has a PhD in history and master’s 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... More About Author

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