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engaged scholarship vision and method for the centre for business and society
Engaged Scholarship: Vision and Method for the Centre for Business and Society?

Dr Julia Rouse

Director

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cbs a knowledge hub facilitating clusters within mmub l to
CBS: A Knowledge Hub Facilitating Clusters Within MMUB&L To :
  • Bring together academics, students and ‘real world’ partners to make sense of the key challenges facing contemporary business and society.
  • Innovate in teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

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clusters r eflect
Clusters Reflect:
  • Academic expertise and passion
  • The knowledge needs of our external partners to build a sustainable future.
  • Mapped onto:

key funding opportunities.

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clusters emerging
Clusters Emerging
  • Centre for Enterprise
    • Creativity and entrepreneurship
  • Centre for People and Performance
    • Work psychology
    • Leadership
  • Centre for Retail, Place and Consumer Change
    • Consumer behaviour

Centre for Business and Society

  • Business of Sport
  • Digital marketing
  • Financial planning
  • Gender
  • PAAFE
  • Project management
  • Public relations
  • SEEG
  • Supply chain management
  • Others emergent
what is research for provocation
What is Research For? (Provocation!)

“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.”

  • Campbell, 2012

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how sustainable is this
How sustainable is this?

“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.”

  • Campbell, 2012.
the problem the power of knowledge evaporates in the traditional dissemination model
The problem: the power of knowledge evaporates in the traditional dissemination model

Unsurprising when you look at

the lengthy, meandering, circuitous

course it must trace?

the methodological advantage of engaged scholarship
The methodological advantage of Engaged Scholarship
  • It is about humility in one’s own limitations and profound respect for other kinds of knowledge producers.
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“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 stepping out
Engaged Scholarship: Stepping Out

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.

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stepping out to address context specific wicked problems
Stepping Out To Address Context-Specific ‘Wicked’ Problems

“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)

4 elements
4 Elements
  • Problem formulation
  • Theory Building - Develop and test alternative models to address the research question.
  • Research Design - You collect evidence that allows you to compare the models.
  • Problem Solving - You communicate

and apply the findings in ways that

encourage their use in the real world

challenging time consuming enlightening useful
Challenging, Time Consuming, Enlightening, Useful……

“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)

protecting independence and rigour
Protecting Independence and Rigour
  • Van de Ven’s solution: Arbitrage.
    • exploiting differences in distinct modes

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).

engaged scholarship depends on
Engaged Scholarship depends on:
  • Articulating common values and interests
    • We must all conform (at least in part) to our organizational contexts
  • Creating a shared language
    • Not privileging the academic perspective through language domination
  • Constructing a space for reflection
    • Requires commitment
  • Barge et al., 2008.
conflict resolution in intellectual arbitrage
Conflict Resolution in Intellectual Arbitrage

Suppressing conflict defeats the purpose of the pluralistic collective.

Task conflict is encouraged.

Personal conflict is to be avoided.

everyone stepping out all the time
Everyone stepping out all the time?

“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.”

  • Van de Ven, presenting to the London Business School.
supporting teaching
Supporting Teaching

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”

  • Campbell, 2012

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