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

Ross, Catharine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2529-5469, Nichol, Lynn, 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 Print:0307-5079 Electronic:1470-174X (In Press)

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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.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Impact, REF, knowledge translation, Human Resource Development
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Catharine Ross
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 09:56
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 12:56
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9103

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