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Collaborative academic/practitioner research in project\ud management : examples and applications

By Christophe Bredillet, Derek H. T. Walker, Frank T. Anbari, Jonas Söderlund, Svetlana Cicmil and Janice Thomas

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a cost-benefit interpretation of academic-practitioner research by describing and analysing several recent relevant examples of academic-practitioner research with a focus on doctoral theses carried out at universities and business schools in clusters of research centred in North America, Australia and Europe.\ud Design/methodology/approach – Using case study examples, a value proposition framework for undertaking collaborative research for higher degree level study is developed and presented.\ud Findings – Value proposition benefits from this level of collaborative research can be summarised as enhancing competencies at the individual and organisational level as well as providing participating universities with high-quality candidates/students and opportunities for industry engagement. The project management (PM) professional bodies can also extend PM knowledge but they need to be prepared to provide active support.\ud Practical implications – A model for better defining the value proposition of collaborative research from a range of stakeholder perspectives is offered that can be adapted for researchers and industry research sponsors.\ud Originality/value – Few papers offer a value proposition framework for explaining collaborative research benefits. This paper addresses that need

Topics: 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified, knowledge transfer, project management, research work, management research
Publisher: Emerald
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1108/17538370810866313
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:49458

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