Title: Roles and Responsibilities of Project Coordinators: A Contingency Model for Project Coordinator Effectiveness
Authors: CUNNINGHAM JAMES A.O'REILLY PAUL
Editors: VAN ROY VINCENT
NEPELSKI DANIEL
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC117576
ISBN: 978-92-76-11711-7 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29869 EN
OP KJ-NA-29869-EN-N (online)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC117576
DOI: 10.2760/55062
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
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.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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