Mooney Smith, Lisa (2010) A framework for knowledge transfer in the modern university. In: Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference, 6-8 April 2010, Anderson School of Management University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Divisions:||College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design|
|Abstract:||The paper I wish to present is constructed from a significant body of material generated over four years of close observation of research and knowledge transfer practices in one Russell Group university institution in the UK. It attempts to contextualize knowledge transfer (hereafter KT) within the arts and humanities environment in particular, as well as situate learning about the reception and adoption of KT with reference to the individual scholar and the organization in which they operate. Within this context, little has been written explicitly about the character of the arts and humanities, and particularly the antecedence of the disciplines and their close relationship to current KT challenges. In the early stages of this paper I briefly address the growing interest in KT methods and specific language, the key words that have become landmarks in the extension of the ‘Two Cultures’ debate. In defining some of the parameters by which KT has come to be recognized, we also begin to signal changes in both the lexicon and landscape in which KT has evolved. I suggest that both the institution and their academic inhabitants play an intrinsic part in this evolution, framed by both the political and scholarly tensions of the time. The core focus of the paper shifts in emphasis from the early foundations of the KT debate, to its current inflections at a more grass roots level within the academic institution. I frame this shift in the context of UK investment in research within these disciplines and suggest that the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as one xample, is equally challenged to articulate and underpin the adoption of KT and its impacts at the heart of academic practice. In order that we might better animate how these practices are emerging, I present one particular case study that lays down a possible framework for closer observation of KT in what I term the ‘Humanities Value Chain’. In focusing on a collection of players connected in the successful pursuit of collaborative research, I attempt to uncover an in-depth perspective of individual academic collaborators and the way in which their institutional organizations might support or hinder their pursuit of KT based research. In concluding the paper I suggest that the culmination of this knowledge might offer a useful framework for considering how KT occurs in arts and humanities led teams, and at the same time how it might act as a possible tool from which KT players and practices might be better observed. In presenting a possible framework for consideration, I suggest that the current preoccupation with impacts might at the same time be better understood by observing more closely the roles researchers play during the collaborative research process.|
|Date Deposited:||12 Nov 2010 10:18|
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