Are Leadership and Management Essential for Good Research? An Interview Study of Genetic Researchers

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Abstract

Principal investigators are responsible for a myriad of leadership and management activities in their work. The practices they use to navigate these responsibilities ultimately influence the quality and integrity of research. However, leadership and management roles in research have received scant empirical examination. Semi-structured interviews with 32 National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded genetic researchers revealed that they considered leadership and management essential for effective research, but their scientific training inadequately prepared them. We also report management practices that the researchers described using in their labs, as well as their perceptions of a proposed intervention to enhance laboratory leadership. These findings suggest best practices for the research community, future directions for scientific training, and implications for research on leadership and management in science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-423
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • leadership
  • leadership development
  • management
  • professional development
  • research integrity
  • researchers
  • responsible conduct of research
  • scientists
  • training

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