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Engaged Scholarship: Vision and Method for the Centre for Business and Society?. Dr Julia Rouse Director. CBS: A Knowledge Hub Facilitating Clusters Within MMUB&L To :.
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Dr Julia Rouse
key funding opportunities.
Centre for Business and Society
“Publication is no longer a public good, it is about private benefit. Publication is not about making a difference in the world in some long-mythologised high-minded sense; it is about corporate and individual gain.”
“If you want to promote someone you weigh their publications, if you don’t want to promote them you read their publications.”
“On this basis, perhaps publication is not merely lots of words, but lots of self-interested words.”
Unsurprising when you look at
the lengthy, meandering, circuitous
course it must trace?
“The scholarship of engagement means connecting the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic and ethical problems, to our children, to our schools, to our teachers and to our
cities. . . . I have this growing conviction that what’s also needed is not just more programs, but a larger purpose, a sense of mission, a larger clarity of direction in the nation’s life.”
—Ernest Boyer, Scholarship Reconsidered:
Priorities of the Professoriate
Engaged scholarship is at base a process by which we academics participate with other scholars, other stakeholders and other practitioners — all of whom have different points of view.
Making sense together.
“specific understanding of a topic in its indigenous setting provides the opportunity for abductive grounded theory building in which a scholar moves up the ladder of abstraction to find the general case and situations of which the concrete instance is a part. Moving down the ladder of abstraction, application and refinement of this general theoretical knowledge requires knowing the theory’s boundary conditions and how it can be adapted to or embedded in the specific local context being investigated.” (Van de Ven and Jing, 2012)
and apply the findings in ways that
encourage their use in the real world
“Engagement begins with ‘Hi, hello, how are you? Nice to see you.’ It begins with such a relationship and blossoms into an opportunity to engage more deeply in a problem or object of study than we could by ourselves.”
(Van de Ven
at London Business School)
of knowledge (academic and practitioner).
“it’s not that our points of view have to agree. Instead it’s to recognise that our different points of view can be arbitraged. And each of us gains a different and richer understanding of what the problem is and different ways to attack it.” (Van de Ven).
Suppressing conflict defeats the purpose of the pluralistic collective.
Task conflict is encouraged.
Personal conflict is to be avoided.
“Among faculty members, you should have some who are guided principally by the science and others guided principally by the practice. It’s an energising mix.”
Producing socially responsible students who are able to engage with the critical problems of our times.
“Despite the relatively low esteem associated
with classroom contact, such spaces may prove
at least as fertile ground for scholarly endeavour as a
windowless conference room in some downtown Hilton”