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UiB Opp 2.12 Risk Management in research projects

Research projects are characterized by a high degree of uncertainty and complexity. This course will help you as a project manager to understand and plan research projects to minimize risk and ensure effective implementation.

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Course Objective 
Participants will get an overview of:
• Introduction to project management methodology
• "Classic" project management compared to research project management
• Risk management in research projects

Course description
From sectors outside academia, there are increasing demands for the organization of research activities to streamline these according to "classic" project management principles and methods. 

At the same time, we know that research projects have specific characteristics that should be considered. Research projects are characterized by a high degree of uncertainty and complexity, with significant elements of creativity and innovation. It can often be challenging to predict the outcome of these projects. The project teams are asymmetric in terms of knowledge distribution, where the individual participant knows much more about the potential of their activities than the project manager. In addition, participants often have competing motives for scientific recognition, career development, or the right to ownership of a research result.

Given these and other inherent challenges of managing a research project, this module addresses the following issues

1. What are the differences and similarities between "classic" projects and research projects?
2. How risk levels in research projects can be reduced?

In dealing with these questions, the module provides an overview of fundamental principles for project management and compares these with conditions in academia.

Target group
Suitable for participants who want to learn more about project management methodology and how research projects differ from "regular" projects in other sectors.

The course is suitable for researchers who want to learn more about project management in general and research projects in particular.

The course lasts 2.5 hours and will include theory and practice, reflection, and group work.

Hiwa Målen, Division of Research and Innovation