Scientific leadership at universities includes four different fields of action: science, education, networks and organization. Each field possesses its very own dynamic and logic. Scientific leaders need an integrated view of all fields.

Leading Science

Researcher, Expert

  • „core competence“
  • reputation within scientific community
  • scientific hierarchy

power of expertise

Leading Education

Program Manager, Teacher

  • responsible for study programs
  • undergraduate education
  • promotion of young researchers


Leading Networks

Head of Competence Center, Project Manager

  • more coordinator than manager
  • often external money driven
  • demands high degree of network competence

coordination, importance to convince

Leading Organization

Head of Department or Institute

  • „traditional“ line management
  • organizational hierarchy
  • function of administration

organizational power, disciplinary consequences

Note: The model was basically developed at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden

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