This Research and Innovation Management Handbook has been developed by the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) primarily to assist research and innovation managers to be more effective in their multi-faceted and important roles. The disciplines of Research Management, on the one hand, and Technology Transfer and Innovation Management, on the other, converge, overlap and even co-exist in the some contexts; and from the perspective of the value chain they have strong inter-dependencies and complementarities. Nonetheless, for convenience the Handbook is divided into two complementary modules. This module concerns itself with Research Management, while its sister module is focused on Technology Transfer and Innovation Management.
Research Management is recognised across the world to be a highly diverse and eclectic mix of responsibilities. In Southern Africa it is evolving into a bespoke profession with its own body of knowledge, set of principles, linked associations, formal qualifications, and human resources descriptions and specifications.
The purpose of this Handbook is twofold. Firstly, it is to provide support and encouragement to research and innovation managers to familiarise themselves with best international practice through the provision of a range of online resources, that is by no means exhaustive, but sufficient to orientate the beginner and also challenge the experienced practitioner. Secondly, the purpose is to grow and develop research and innovation management in the SADC region, through the development of individuals.