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Managing the Research University$
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Dean O. Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793259.001.0001

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The Chief Research Officer

The Chief Research Officer

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(p.3) Chapter 1 The Chief Research Officer
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Managing the Research University
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Dean O. Smith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793259.003.0001

The chief research officer’s position within the organization is characterized by the job description, reporting lines, salary negotiations, personal research programs, and legacy considerations. Office organization and staffing are also discussed, with an emphasis on coupling authority and responsibility. Strategies for protecting the scholarly careers of staff associates drawn from the faculty are presented. An analysis of the protocol and etiquette of internal relations with various constituencies, including faculty members, deans, other senior executives, and governing board members concludes with a discussion of the practical need for a power base. Limits to authority imposed by patronage, special requests, passive resistance, and indecisiveness are analyzed from a pragmatic perspective. The chapter ends with a brief discussion about gracefully leaving the office.

Keywords:   chief research officer, office organization, authority, responsibility, internal relations, protocol, etiquette, power base, legacy, reporting lines

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