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From Chain to Net: Assessing interdisciplinary contributions to academic impact through narrative case studies

Ross, C, Nichol, L, Elliott, C, Sambrook, S and Stewart, J (2020) From Chain to Net: Assessing interdisciplinary contributions to academic impact through narrative case studies. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary working plays an important role in achieving impact outside academia. One barrier to interdisciplinary working is the lack of mechanisms to assess contributions from outside the primary discipline. Positioning our research in debates about knowledge translation, we analyse the ability of narrative cases to assess the interdisciplinary contribution of one academic discipline, Human Resource Development (HRD), to impact. We take the example of the cases used to assess impact in the UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework evaluation (REF 2014). While the narrative cases revealed the complexity of knowledge translation and the role of HRD practice in it, their authorship by a single discipline imposed a linear structure and prevented interdisciplinary contributions from HRD academics from being recognised in the formal assessment. To facilitate assessment of interdisciplinary contributions to academic impact, we propose remodelling the knowledge translation process as a net of cases rather than a single chain.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 9/3/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2020.1723522
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems, 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 12:20
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2020 09:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/03075079.2020.1723522
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12221

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