Part Four - Making the commitment




Finding Partners

Managing expectations

Making the commitment

What are you committing to?
The role of milestones within the project plan
Allow time for planning meetings
The role of a partner manager

Getting started


Final checklist

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Although email and conferencing technologies play a vital role in facilitating the necessary interaction within a consortium, very few researchers have learned how to complete the planning phase without one or more face-to-face meetings. These are essential for letting individuals get to know each other and inspect the facilities of the meeting host, and allowing senior managers to meet the consortium members. All three contribute to the development of trust. Much of the value of these meetings takes place outside of the formal agenda, so if you are committing the cost of travelling abroad it is worthwhile scheduling a stop-over in order to spend time with people socially, rather than just fly in and fly out again.