RESEARCH MANAGEMENT PLANS: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

Year: 1993

Author: Jeans, Bruce

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
The significance of research management plans depends on who is looking at them. University administrators see them as important, if not vital documents, that demonstrate to the world at large that the university is well organised and is articulated with the desires of government and the needs of the community. This paper examines the structure and content of typical research management plans. The research done by higher degree students and some of the problems faced by off-campus students are addressed. Finally, the paper argues that unless research management plans are practically meaningful, administratively simple, and provide useful guides to action, they have a limited role in the development and maintenance of a research ethos, and in the facilitation of individual research initiatives.

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