Managing Science: Developing your Research, Leadership and Management Skills by Ken PeachManaging Science: Developing your Research, Leadership and Management Skills by Ken Peach

Managing Science: Developing your Research, Leadership and Management Skills

byKen Peach

Hardcover | December 30, 2017

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Leadership and management are general skills that apply in most walks of life, but in the scientific domain they require some special characteristics. Science thrives on challenge, whether it is the technical challenge of trying to do something which has not been done before or challenging awidely held but poorly supported hypotheses. Scientists are trained to challenge, and for the manager of science this can itself be a challenge. In the past, when science was on a much smaller scale and less subject to public scrutiny, a more informal "back-of-the-envelope" management style wasacceptable, but those days are long-gone. Science costs much more and is rightly more accountable. Excellent scientists, however, do not necessarily make good managers and may not make good leaders. Nevertheless, like all skills, leadership and management can be enhanced and developed and eveninstinctively good managers can improve.While the science of management and leadership is well developed, the management and leadership of science is less so. This book aims to introduce the working research scientist to the art and techniques of management and the skills necessary to be a good and effective manager and leader of scienceand scientists. This includes understanding the organization and functioning of scientific research establishments (universities, laboratories, research councils, etc.) and how to deal with the associated committee work, recruiting, and team building; how to deal with difficulties managing projectsand handling risks. The approach is pragmatic not dogmatic. Leadership and management are people skills, and each person is different and needs to be treated differently. The focus is on the principle and practice. While the subject is serious, the approach is conversational, with anecdotes andpractical examples.
Afrer 25 years as an experimental particle physicist at the University of Edinburgh and becoming head of the group in 1990, Ken Peach became Deputy Director of the Particle Physics Experiments Division at CERN in 1996, and then Director of Particle Physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in 1998. In 2005, he became Director of th...
Title:Managing Science: Developing your Research, Leadership and Management SkillsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:December 30, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198796072

ISBN - 13:9780198796077

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Manage Science?2. Science, Research, Development, and Scholarship3. Universities and Laboratories4. Leadership, Management, and Communication5. Building Research Teams, Motivating and Developing People, Dealing with Students6. Cooperation and Competition7. Reviewing Science8. Boards, Committees, Panels: Dealing with Authority9. Managing Projects and Projecting Management10. Assessing Performance, Measuring Progress, Recognition and Reward, Dealing with Problems11. Risk12. Health and Safety13. Dealing with Disaster14. Doing Good by Having Fun15. SummaryIndex