Crossing the sea from They to We? The unfolding of knowing and practising in collaborative research

Marcos, Javier and Denyer, D. (2012) Crossing the sea from They to We? The unfolding of knowing and practising in collaborative research. Management Learning, 43 (4). pp. 443-459. ISSN 1350-5076

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Abstract

This article addresses how knowing and practising unfolds in collaborative research amongst practitioners from a large consulting and business services group and academics from a UK School of Management. Dialogue enabled actors to cross between theory and practice by providing a ‘space’ for support, challenge, exchange and experimentation. However, this ‘space’ was fragile and the insensitive actions of one individual, driven by institutional pressure to exploit the project for competitive advantage, resulted in withdrawal and the re-establishment of traditional divisions. Our view is that collaborative research is not necessarily an exercise in producing, transferring and implementing research findings but is better thought of as knowledge integration through a dialogue of theory and practice. The article contributes to the ongoing debate about the relevance of management research and the theoretical development of knowledge co-production.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 13 May 2015 09:33
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 09:33
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2267

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