Research management

What is research management?

Research management has become an important discipline in the modern university. In the global knowledge economy, groundbreaking and socially relevant research is based on effective collaboration between talented researchers. And this collaboration requires good research management. 

The great research leader is able to create an inclusive and focused collaborative environment at team level. This often involves the ability to support collaboration across academic disciplines, scientific traditions and the special skills of ambitious researchers who may come from different cultural or national backgrounds. The research leader must also be able to lead upwards, downwards, inwards and sideways within the organization, while also having an eye for engaging potential partners in the external environment.  

Last but not least, research management involves knowing and being able to advise on the transition from researcher to research leader - and from leading a small group at your own university to larger national or international research groups. In other words, the research leader has a demanding task.

Why good research management is important

Research management is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it promotes innovation and new thinking. Good research management can lead to new discoveries and ideas that can make a difference.

In addition, research management helps to manage resources wisely, especially when resources such as time, budget and talent are scarce. This means that decisions need to be made carefully to achieve the best results.

Research management also helps to set clear objectives for research projects. This ensures that the research focuses on relevant questions and has an impact on the organization's goals.

Collaboration and networking is also a key part of research management, as it can lead to interdisciplinary discoveries and strengthen the research community as a whole.

Finally, talent development is important as it helps to attract and retain talented researchers, which is crucial to the success of research. Here, management plays an important role in creating a positive work culture and offering development opportunities.

LEAD's approach to research management

Our Research Management program is designed for those who hold key positions within research environments. This includes a wide range of key roles that are essential for shaping and leading research activities. Your responsibilities may vary and you may hold different titles, such as research leader, research manager, professor, associate professor, associate professor, senior researcher, head of department, deputy head of department, associate dean or dean.

In these positions, you play a central role in managing and conducting research projects. This involves identifying research areas, developing research designs, adhering to ethical standards and ensuring the quality of the research. You'll work closely with researchers, postdocs and students to ensure projects progress as planned, and you may also have administrative tasks, including funding and collaboration.

To succeed in these demanding roles, strong leadership and communication skills are essential, along with an in-depth understanding of different research areas and their interactions. Our research management education is designed to strengthen your skills and equip you to tackle the challenges associated with leading and developing research environments at the highest level. If you need support in this work, please contact us.

How we can help you

We offer you management and organizational sparring, research-based teaching and presentations on research management as well as training courses with a specific focus on giving you and your organization general management skills. Read examples of our services here.


Inspiring research-based presentations on research management for all levels of your organization.


Sparring in the development of your strategy, decisions and initiatives.


Facilitation of active workshops focusing on competence development at management and executive level.

Contact us to learn more about what we can do for your organization

Are you facing an organizational change? Do you need strategic advice or a cultural development program?

Contact us and together we will tailor a process that develops the exact competencies and structures that strengthen and future-proof your organization.

Claus Elmholdt

Professional Director, Founder
Cand.Psych.Aut. & Ph.d.
Associate Professor in Management and Organizational Psychology, Aalborg University

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