Revisiting impact in the context of workplace research: a review and possible directions
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to revisit the scholarly impact agenda in the context of work-based and workplace research, and to propose new directions for research and practice. This paper combines a contemporary literature review with case vignettes and reflections from practice to develop more nuanced understandings, and highlight future directions for making sense of impact in the context of work-based learning research approaches. This paper argues that three dimensions to making sense of impact need to be more nuanced in relation to workplace research: (1) that interactional elements of workplace research processes have the potential for discursive pathways to impact, (2) that presence (and perhaps non-action) can act as a pathway to impact, and (3) that the narrative nature of time means there is instability in making sense of impact over time. The paper proposes a number of implications for practitioner-researchers, universities/research organisations, and focus on three key areas: the amplification of research ethics in workplace research, the need for axiological shifts towards sustainability, and the need to explicate axiological orientation in research. This paper offers a contemporary review of the international impact debate in the specific context of work-based and workplace research approaches.
CitationWall, T., Bellamy, L., Evans, V., and Hopkins, S. (2017) Revisiting impact in the context of workplace research: a review and possible directions. Journal of Work-Applied Management, 9(2), 95-109. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWAM-07-2017-0018
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