Managerial challenges of publicly funded principal investigators

Cunningham, James, O'Kane, Conor, O'Reilly, Paul and Mangematin, Vincent (2015) Managerial challenges of publicly funded principal investigators. International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), 68 (3-4). pp. 176-201. ISSN 0267-5730

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Abstract

Principal investigators (PI) are at the nexus of university business collaborations through their leadership of funded research grants. In fulfilling their multiple roles, PIs are involved in a range of different activities, from direct scientific supervision of junior scientists, the organisation of new scientific avenues to engaging with industrial partners. With the increased impetus for public research to produce wealth through science commercialisation, research is increasingly orchestrated through programmes which seek to connect research avenues and markets. The role of PIs is of growing importance. The extent of managerial challenges encountered by scientists in the context of their PI role has not been the focus of any empirical studies. This paper examines the managerial challenges experienced by publicly funded PIs. Our study, set in the context of the Irish research system, found three foci of PI managerial challenges – project management, project adaptability and project network management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public funded principal investigators, managerial challenges, boundary spanners, role, responsibilities, third missions, management
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: James Cunningham
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 08:42
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 01:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27577

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