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ERIC Number: EJ902218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1590
Implementation of Systems to Support the Management of Research: Commentary from a UK University Perspective
Rutherford, Scott; Langley, David
Journal of Research Administration, v38 n1 p49-60 Spr 2007
The increasing complexity and diversity of a typical portfolio of research awards coupled with advancing technology makes successful implementation and delivery of system benefits more challenging than ever. Moreover, the role of systems in knowledge management is a fundamental issue faced by all research active organizations. One of the principal drivers for introducing better systems should be to serve the academic mission and make life easier for researchers; yet most appear to perform conversely, perhaps sacrificing potential benefits to meet the requirements of administration. The principal challenge thus is to deliver a system that meets the needs of both academic and administrative communities. This paper provides a commentary on the experience gained within a research office following implementation of two systems (one pre-award, the other post-award) and identifies key elements for successful delivery. The paper contains suggestions, based on our experience, of best practices and techniques that research administrators might adopt to ensure a well-managed project and its implementation. It concludes how, post implementation, users may begin to derive maximum benefit from systems and points to the advantages that high-quality knowledge management can offer a range of stakeholders. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (London)