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A reference for new research leaders: The SAGE Handbook of Research Management

September 30, 2015

A reference for new research leaders: The SAGE Handbook of Research Management

London, UK (September 30, 2015)- A vital tool for the newly promoted research leader, SAGE today launches The Handbook of Research Management, a resource to guide researchers making the transition from individual scholars to managers and leaders.

As larger-scale projects, housed in centers, institutes and programs, are becoming more common researchers are faced with a new challenge to act as managers and leaders. In this role they are responsible for the careers and professional development of others in their teams and for managing interactions with university administrations and external stakeholders.

In the face of these new challenges Mary Byrne McDonnell, executive director of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York and Robert Dingwall a consulting sociologist and part-time professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University have created this reference as a standard guide for new research leaders. The handbook will be an essential tool for those in any discipline or country, who are looking for a concise and effective guide in addressing their new role.

“Research management is vital in our modern day universities to account for expectations of funding. It is also an essential way to ensure that research is a collaborative enterprise, drawing on the different strengths of researchers who come from a variety of different backgrounds”, the editors commented.

“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”, the editors continued.

With 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. The editorial commentaries extend its use, offering support for training events or workshops where new leaders can come together and explore the issues that are confronting them.

More about the title can be found here. A FREE 30-day online trial of SAGE Knowledge, including The SAGE Handbook of Research Management, is available by emailing

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SAGE Founded 50 years ago by Sara Miller McCune to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community, SAGE publishes more than 850 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.

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