Leadership challenges of strategic research centres in relation to degree of institutionalisation

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Leadership challenges of strategic research centres in relation to degree of institutionalisation. / Blomquist, Christine; Agrell, Cecilia; Sandahl, Christer.

I: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Vol. 38, Nr. 6, 01.11.2016, s. 649-663.

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T1 - Leadership challenges of strategic research centres in relation to degree of institutionalisation

AU - Blomquist, Christine

AU - Agrell, Cecilia

AU - Sandahl, Christer

PY - 2016/11/1

Y1 - 2016/11/1

N2 - The purpose of this study was to describe and analyse leadership challenges in the organisation of strategic research centres, focusing on the relationship between organisation and the level of institutionalisation. Four main themes of leadership challenges were identified: (1) the changing university context, including relationships with top management and faculties; (2) research strategy, considering decisions about diversity or a focused perspective; (3) management, dealing with prioritising administrative work; (4) affiliation, the sense of belonging to a strategic research centre, comprising issues of leadership, trust, attitude towards recruitment and succession. We concluded that leadership and effective administration are vital for research collaboration, not only within small research groups as been shown in other studies, but also within large groups in university-based research centres.

AB - The purpose of this study was to describe and analyse leadership challenges in the organisation of strategic research centres, focusing on the relationship between organisation and the level of institutionalisation. Four main themes of leadership challenges were identified: (1) the changing university context, including relationships with top management and faculties; (2) research strategy, considering decisions about diversity or a focused perspective; (3) management, dealing with prioritising administrative work; (4) affiliation, the sense of belonging to a strategic research centre, comprising issues of leadership, trust, attitude towards recruitment and succession. We concluded that leadership and effective administration are vital for research collaboration, not only within small research groups as been shown in other studies, but also within large groups in university-based research centres.

KW - Challenges

KW - institutionalisation

KW - leadership

KW - research centres

KW - universities

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84979518574&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/1360080X.2016.1211969

DO - 10.1080/1360080X.2016.1211969

M3 - Article

VL - 38

SP - 649

EP - 663

JO - Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

JF - Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

SN - 1360-080X

IS - 6

ER -