Book Review: Research Administration and Management, (2006) Elliott C. Kulakowski, Ph.D., FAHA, and Lynn U. Chronister, MPA, eds., Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 916 p.
Jennifer Shambrook, MHA
Associate Chair for Research Administration
Co-Director of the Division of Public Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
S. Marie Cooper, I.H.M., Ed.D.
Professor of Physics
Director of Sponsored Research
Research Administration and Management serves as a coming-of-age milestone for the profession of research administration. This cultural icon is rolling off the press in a very timely fashion as we begin to see the emergence of formal university programs in Research Management. This comprehensive work is sure to be considered the foundational text for not only formal university programs, but also as the essential desk reference for every office engaged in research administration.
The group of 86 contributors is comprised of well-respected topical experts that enabled the editors, Kulakowski and Chronister, to cover the vast breadth of Research Administration with ample depth to be useful to both the novice and the experienced administrator. The 79 chapter volume is divided into six major sections to logically organize various components of research administration. Also included are appendices to define a selected glossary of common terms and a lexicon of the overwhelming maze of acronyms so prevalent in our profession.
Part I: Introduction: Leadership and Management of the Research Enterprise in the 21st Century
The first section of the book rightly opens with a discussion of the Research Manager as a Leader in the 21st century research enterprise. The first chapter opens with an overview and introduction of the book in order to guide the reader in the philosophical and technical organization of the work. This is followed by an extremely interesting and well-documented history of the profession by the well-respected SRA historian, Dr. Ken Beasley.
The logical next chapter for this is offered as "Looking into the Crystal Ball" to divine the anticipated future of research administration. This is a thoughtful treatise on what we can expect based on past experiences, current climate and anticipated trends. The remainder of this introductory section deals with research administration in the organizational structure and leadership of model institutions engaging in research.
Part II: The Infrastructure for Research Administration
Lynn Chronister tells the reader in page 83 that the book overall "offers data, information, policies, procedures, suggestions, best practice, and strategies for developing or enhancing the research enterprise." In response, contributors speak with a common voice throughout Part II to provide a blueprint for the establishment of a new research support structure, effective administration for an existing one, and a process of strategic planning for change in a structure ready to grow, with clear advice on assessment at all stages. They delineate policies and procedures proven by long experience as markers for the novice research administrator and as reminders and benchmarks for the experienced. They remind all that implementation must always align with the mission and vision of the individual institution.
The editors and contributors see the research administrator as an advocate and compliance officer for researchers, as an agent of change and growth, as communicator for research and the researcher with the administration, the Board, the media, and the institution in general. They call the research administrator to greater leadership and then provide the tools to achieve that leadership.
Chapters deal with a broad variety of issues that face the research administrator, from human resources to human tissue management, from marketing to working with legal counsel. …