Business schools face a highly competitive environment. With the growing importance of impact, relevance and research performance indicators, research strategy is essential for the institutional development and positioning. The Research Leadership Programme is an intense learning and sharing experience sessions that will enable you to break new grounds, and build diverse and strong networks. Participants may expect significant personal yields and valuable inspiration in their efforts to build a vibrant research environment and provide beneficial framework conditions for research and research cooperation within their fields of expertise. You will learn how to structure your strategy and develop effectiveness while refining the research context.

This programme serves professional research leaders who have some years of experience with research leadership (as a group leader, project manager, head of a research centre, etc.)



The purpose of the programme is to increase the leaders’ self-awareness and strengthen their leadership skills. The programme contributes to an understanding of the interplay between the individual’s personal qualities and the institutional conditions that characterises the management role.

The programme supports:

  • A coherent management structure
  • Establishment of a common basis for good leadership
  • Building of interdisciplinary networks
  • Day-to-day management
  • Quality, efficiency and well-being in the units.


This one-week professional development programme prepares researcher leaders for the complex and rapid changes impacting their work. This Research Leadership Programme will help you formulate and implement new research strategy, address the right questions, and engage with global partners internationally. You will also get abreast with new trends and challenges that impact the future of management research, and major changes in research funding and measurement.


Senior research leaders, school research directors, or equivalent such as associate deans for research, research associates, vice-presidents for research, research fellows, research managers and heads of research office.

To be admitted, the applicant is expected to have leadership responsibility for one or several research groups, a center or strategic initiative, or a large externally funded project with several employees and have some years of experience with research leadership (as a group research leader, project manager, head of a research centre, etc.)

You will engage in an in-depth reflection and discussion with peers about global and academic research policies at national and international, research assessments, national and international research-oriented rankings and the publishing world. In a development building exercise, you will cooperate with peers to formulate a future research vision, negotiating and co-creating with colleagues


The programme therefore aims to:

  • Explore knowledge and understanding of leadership concepts, theory and practice.
  • Encourage self-awareness and reflection on personal leadership style strengths, skills and capabilities.
  • Provide an understanding of the nature of teams/groups, their effective development and supporting high performance.
  • Develop skills and understanding to encourage support, motivation and the development of others.
  • Understanding of research organisation and how to handle typical problems in research leadership
  • Understanding of your role as a research leader and a solid basis for your own leadership development
  • A good theoretical foundation for reflection on the role of research leaders

Knowledge of the various tools that can support good leadership in practice


Using a combination of experience sharing, case studies and exercises, the programme maintains a constant and steady focus on the individual participant’s development as a research leader.

The topics covered in the programme relate to:

Leading and developing Research Team

  • Understanding motivation and working styles.
  • Managing and enhancing individual and team performance.
  • Leadership challenges related to the framework conditions for research, future research systems and the possibilities both within and outside the organisation
  • Self-awareness and development of personal leadership skills

Communicating effectively as the key to Success

  • Understanding how to manage communications when it goes wrong.
  • Examining how to manage and enhance communication with staff and students.

Understanding Yourself and Others

  • Identifying individual strengths and challenges.
  • Recognising the importance of values in effective leadership.
  • Examining the various roles and responsibilities of a research leader.

How to get that Grant

  • Examining strategies to get your current and future projects noticed and funded.
  • Understanding the research landscape.


  • The programme provides a mix of workshops, group discussions and coaching to enable participants to reflect on their own approach to leadership and identify how to further enhance their skills as research leaders in their organisations.
  • The key components of the programme include six half-day workshops, four discussion groups and one to one coaching. The discussion groups and one to one coaching will be arranged after the workshops.
  • Participants will exchange experiences, work with cases and exercises, test leadership tools and support the development of each participant.
  • The joint events consist of plenary lessons, discussions and exercises, and systematic practice and discussions in the core groups. The participants’ own cases constitute an important part of the group work.
  • Active participation in all joint events and assignments between events is required to ensure a good learning outcome.
  • Before the first joint event, each participant must fill in a short presentation and self-evaluation form. In addition, each participant should write a short description of a leadership challenge in their daily work which will be used as a case study in the core group during the first joint event.

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Nurture and develop visionary research leadership roles, set research agendas, contribute to the sustainability of their collective research culture and ambitions and who are inspirational team research leaders and role models.
  • Adopt a systems approach to research management and a dynamic portfolio of Research Priorities associated with one or more of five Global Research Themes (Sustainable Societies; Health and Wellbeing; Digital Futures; Cultures and Communications; Transformative Technologies).
  • Increase research portfolio and broaden the distribution of the funded research portfolio across the five Global Research Themes.
  • Contribute excellent research to the society and the economy by embracing all the diverse ways that will benefit participant’s organisation and nation.
  • Facilitate, develop and manage research collaborations and networks throughout the world for academic quality, research excellence, innovation and impact.

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