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Roles and Responsibilities of Project Coordinators: A Contingency Model for Project Coordinator Effectiveness

James Cunningham () and Paul O'Reilly ()
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James Cunningham: Northumbria University
Paul O'Reilly: TU Dublin

No JRC117576, JRC Research Reports from Joint Research Centre

Abstract: Project coordinators fulfil several roles and responsibilities alongside their primary scientific focus. As boundary spanners between science and industry they have an invisible central role in the delivery of innovation from publicly funded science through technology transfer. In this report we review present empirical literature relating to the role and responsibilities of principal coordinators and we propose a contingency model for studying the effectiveness of project coordinators. The roles, responsibilities and activities of the PC are identified. In our contingency model the threshold roles and responsibilities are identified in the PC as: (i) research leader, (ii) research allocator and controller, (iii) innovation facilitator, (iv) boundary spanner, and (v) project coordinator and manager. These are developed into expanded PC role capabilities that include: (i) research strategist, (ii) economic agent, (iii) technology and knowledge transfer enabler, (iv) collaboration and value creation leader, and (v) manager and governor.

Keywords: Industrial research and innovation; Financial and economic analysis; Digital Economy; ICT R&D and Innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2019-10
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