Handbook of Research Methods in Migration
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Handbook of Research Methods in Migration

Edited by Carlos Vargas-Silva

Covering both qualitative and quantitative topics, the expert contributors in this Handbook explore fundamental issues of scientific logic, methodology and methods, through to practical applications of different techniques and approaches in migration research.
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Chapter 22: A Guide to Managing Large-scale Migration Research Projects

Melissa Siegel


Melissa Siegel Migration research projects come in all shapes and sizes and individuals, groups (teams) and organizations are running them all over the world. However, there is a lack of guides on project management particularly for migration projects, which often run across countries. This chapter hopes to provide some guidance on this subject, particularly for younger researchers starting out in project management. This chapter is meant to be a general guide that you can tailor to your own specific and different project needs. While winning the projects from the beginning is a very important aspect of project management, this is beyond the scope of this particular chapter. In this chapter, I assume that the project has already been granted and you are now at the stage in which you must implement it. Project management is defined here as the planning, organizing and managing of resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. The main difficulty of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honouring the preconceived project constraints (Ireland, 2006; Phillips, 2003) which are typically described as a triangle of constraints consisting of scope, time and money (budget) (Microsoft, 2010). While migration research project management falls under this general definition, it differs from many other typical forms of project management. Already, research project management is different from traditional business project management (for which most of the project management literature is written). For example, the University of Melbourne’s School of...

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