The humanities value chain: a framework for knowledge transfer in the modern university

Mooney Smith, Lisa (2009) The humanities value chain: a framework for knowledge transfer in the modern university. University of Nottingham, Nottingham. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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The research described in this thesis presents a body of material generated over four years of close
observation of research and knowledge transfer practices in one Russell Group university institution. It
attempts to contextualise knowledge transfer (hereafter KT) within the arts and humanities
environment, as well as situate learning about the reception and adoption of KT with reference to the
individual scholar and the organisation in which they operate. Within this context, little has been
written explicitly about the character of the arts and humanities, and particularly the historical
antecedence of the disciplines and their close relationship to current KT challenges.
In the early chapters of the thesis we address the growing interest in KT 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 recognised, we also begin to signal changes in both the
lexicon and landscape in which KT has evolved. We 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.
In the latter part of the thesis there is a distinct shift in emphasis from the foundations of the KT debate,
to its current inflections at a more grass roots level within the academic institution. We frame this shift
in the context of the key investor in research within these disciplines and suggest that the Arts and
Humanities Research Council 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, we observe one particular case study that lays down a possible framework for closer
observation of KT in what we term the ‘Humanities Value Chain’. In focusing on a collection of
players connected in the successful pursuit of collaborative research, we attempt to uncover a the
perspective of individuals within the institution and the way in which organisations might support or
hinder their pursuit of KT based research.
In concluding the thesis we 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, we 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.

Keywords:The humanities value chain, Framework for knowledge transfer
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:3637
Deposited On:12 Nov 2010 09:51

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