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

James Cunningham, Paul O'Reilly

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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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPublications Office of the European Union
Number of pages47
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-76-11711-7 (online)
ISBN (Print)10.2760/55062
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2019

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