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Att valla katter?: En studie av ledarskap i forskningsprojekt
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School (from 2013).
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Herding cats? : A study of leadership in research projects (Swedish)
Abstract [sv]

I takt med den ökande projektifieringen av forskningsarbetet möter forskarna nya krav till ledarskapskompetens. Trots detta har forskningsprojekt länge förbisetts som en arena för forskning på projekt. Också inom studier av ledarskap i forskningsinstitutioner har man ofta valt att fokusera på ledarskap på högre nivåer. Detta trots att en väsentlig del av det forskningsnära ledarskapet i akademiska institutioner utövas i forskningsprojekten.

Genom att belysa hur ledare av forskningsprojekt i akademiska miljöer uppfattar sin roll som ledareönskar det här arbetet att bidra till en hittills lite empiriskt undersökt del av projektverksamheten. Det här görs genom en studie av norska center för framstående forskning. Tio ledare av norska center för framstående forskning semistrukturerade intervjuades för studien. Intervjuerna har analyserats tematiskt med fokus på att belysa projektledarnas uppfattning av sin roll. 

Resultaten från studien visar på en dualitet mellan hur forskarna uppfattar sin roll som forskare och som ledare. Forskningsprojektets kontext är viktig för hur projektledarna upplever sin roll. Ledarna beskriver en formell och en informell ledarroll, som är delvis överlappande. I dessa ingår att hitta en balans mellan autonomi och kontroll, som samtidigt möter de krav som finansiären har och bidrar till att projektet uppnår de mål som man har satt i projektplanen.

Abstract [en]

The projectification of research brings with it new demands for research leadership skills. Despite this, there have been few studies of research projects as an arena for project research. This work contributes to a part of the project literature, which so far has only to some extent been empirically investigated. 

This work studies the project leaders perception of his or her role as a leader of a research project. The focus for the study is leaders of of Norwegian centers of excellence. Ten leaders of ten different Norwegian centers of excellence were interviewed for this study. The interviews have been analyzed thematically, with a focus on highlighting project leaders' perception of their role.

The study shows that the context of the research project is important for understanding the project leader’s role. The results from the study show that there is a duality in the leaders’ perception of their role as a researcher and as a leader. The leaders describe a situation where they strive to find a balance between autonomy and control, which also helps to achieve the goals defined in the project plan.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Leadership, Project management, Research projects, Centres of Excellence
Keywords [sv]
Ledarskap, forskningsprojekt, center för framstående forskning, rollförståelse
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Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69981OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-69981DiVA, id: diva2:1287341
Subject / course
Project Leadership
Educational program
Master's Degree Programme (one year) in Project Management, 60 hp
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Available from: 2019-02-12 Created: 2019-02-10 Last updated: 2019-02-12Bibliographically approved

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