IST Programme RESPECT: an IST Programme Project
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Functional map of a European socio-economic research project: flowchart of tasks

the map Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
        you are at level 4

B.1.2 define research concept and workplan
flowchart of tasks Knowledge and skills


  • Knowledge of the socio-economic developments and current affairs within the field of study

  • In-depth knowledge of the theoretical mainstreams/literature concerning the topic of the project

  • Basic knowledge of adjacent fields of study

  • Knowledge of the causes, effects and interrelationship of the most important socio-economic developments in recent society, like individualism, rationalisation and globalisation

  • Knowledge of basic terms of frequently used research approaches and methods

  • Knowledge of the basic terms and different steps of research design (put the research questions into practice, concretise the variables, define research units, observation units, method of observation, type of research, etc.)

  • Knowledge of information sources concerning the research questions

  • Knowledge of the differences in application possibilities of qualitative and quantitative methods for the data collection and data analysis

  • Knowledge of the methodology used in the research

  • Knowledge of ethical codes


  • Skills to balance academic rigorism and pragmatism

  • Skills to search purposively and efficiently for information

  • Skills to handle different research methods

  • Skills to work out a research plan with different steps and phases of the research activities

  • Skills to call on the expertise of others within the research organisation in support of one’s own work and skills to use this expertise as an added value for the research project

Task types






Task owners

research partners
lead partner
project co-ordinator
every partner