Improving your research management

How can senior university research managers ensure the optimal research productivity of the teams they lead - whether across units, institutions or national research groups? How can these academic leaders best provide the professional development needed to position early-career researchers for long-term success? And how can they elevate their own skills and expertise to effectively inspire, support and equip senior researchers pursuing leading-edge investigations?

Published by Elsevier, Improving Your Research Management provides solid advice for those tasked with the challenge of leading research teams, or those who are considering a future role in university research management. Drawing both from the academic literature and personal experience, Professor Alan M. Johnson offers valuable counsel encompassing each of the major issues in senior academic management while encouraging and enabling a holistic approach to implementation.


Topics covered in the guide include:

  • Governance
  • Strategic planning
  • Promotion of research
  • Commercialization
  • Rankings
  • Risk Management

About the author

Emeritus Professor Alan Johnson AM, MA (Hons), MEdMgmt, BAppSc, PhD, DSc, has 30 years of research, research management and research training experience in a range of organizations, including universities, Australian government agencies and international research organizations. Professor Johnson has published over 100 internationally refereed journal articles and received over $3.5 million in competitive grant funding. He was made emeritus professor at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2002 and an adjunct professor in the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales in 2011.