Crafting the group: Care in research management

Author(s)
Sarah R. Davies, Maja Horst
Abstract

This article reports findings from an interview study with group leaders and principal investigators in Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States. Taking as our starting point current interest in the need to enhance ‘responsible research and innovation’, we suggest that these debates can be developed through attention to the talk and practices of scientists. Specifically, we chart the ways in which interview talk represented research management and leadership as processes of caring craftwork. Interviewees framed the group as the primary focus of their attention (and responsibilities), and as something to be tended and crafted; further, this process required a set of affective skills deployed flexibly in response to the needs of individuals. Through exploring the presence of notions of care in the talk of principal investigators and group leaders, we discuss the relation between care and craft, reflect on the potential implications of the promotion of a culture of care and suggest how mundane scientific understandings of responsibility might relate to a wider discussion of responsible research and innovation.

Organisation(s)
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Journal
Social Studies of Science
Volume
45
Pages
371-393
No. of pages
23
ISSN
0306-3127
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312715585820
Publication date
2015
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
509017 Social studies of science
Keywords
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/crafting-the-group-care-in-research-management(9b226c09-6a62-487e-8111-f89fbb5d225d).html