iSRA Research Leadership Intensive - Program

Program Objective

Research, technology, and innovation are becoming ever more complex. Success requires vision and focused research management leadership. Strong managers bring order and consistency into complexity but forging ahead in a competitive environment requires strong leaders who understand themselves, their teams, and their environment. These leaders can enact and implement change. Strong and effective leaders are comfortable with complexity and ambiguity and have the right blend of being people-focused and outcomes driven.

Program Description

  • The Research Leadership Intensive will occur over a six-week period, January 18 - February 27, 2023. This interactive six-week training program is designed to explore theory, skills, strategies, and best/proven practices for leading successfully in a research management environment.

Learning Objectives

  • To incorporate leadership theory, skill-building, strategy, and proven practices into a research management frame
  • To assess our development as leaders in the research management marketplace

Topics Include:

  • Leadership Theories, Styles, and Qualities
  • Effective Communication and Emotional Intelligence
  • Leadership Strategies for Reducing Conflict
  • Leading a Research Office – Communication / Culture / Cooperation
  • Team Building and Leadership
  • Effective Delegation
  • Reflections on Leading a Remote Workforce
  • Decision Making/Managing Up/Using Influence
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Implementing Research Strategy and Data Driven Research Performance
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Succession Planning

Expected Outcomes

  • Participants will critically examine their own skill level and performance, while exploring expectations for appropriate and responsible leadership and the potential consequences for a failure of meeting standards in these areas.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences as we develop effective practices, strategies, and tools to bring back to our respective institutions.

Intended Audience 

  • Research management professionals with some degree of supervisory oversight for people and/or programs (e.g., Managers, Directors, VPs)  in any aspect of research administration: Pre-award, Post-award, Compliance, Conflict of Interest, Technology Transfer, Human Research Protections, Animal Welfare, Research Misconduct, Internal Audit, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), etc.

Program Instructors

Mark HochmanMark Hochman, PhD
Research Management Resources Pty Ltd.
ddemers.jpgDebra Schaller-Demers, MSOM
Vice President, Research Outreach and Compliance
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center