Pathways Towards the Creation of RMA Associations

Jan Andersen, Valentina Romano

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Curiosity is one of the main drivers in reaching out and connecting to colleagues and starting the networking – that is the foundation for establishing an association for Research Managers and Administrators (RMAs). The questions, ‘Why, what, how and when’, with a commitment to drive things forward, together with like-minded people, can transform curiosity into joint actions and movement of a network. While a number of success factors can be identified, alas there is no thorough literature describing how such factors interact or why. Even though all parameters are met, some associations still struggle with moving forward. Recognising the identity as a research manager and administrator on the individual level enables reaching out to colleagues in the field, in and outside the institution, and nationally as well as abroad. Understanding the institutional environment and the structure of research support is the starting point for reaching out to colleagues. This chapter will give an overview of the creation process of RMA associations, spanning from the rise of professional networks, as an informal organisation, to the establishment of legal entities, and hence a more formal association. It hopes to provide a meaningful discussion on the process of establishing professional associations despite the scarce literature on the topic (Stolle, 1998).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Research Management and Administration Around the World
EditorsSimon Kerridge, Susi Poli, Mariko Yang-Yoshihara
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-1-80382-702-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80382-701-8
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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