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

Bredillet, Christophe, Walker, Derek H. T., Anbari, Frank T., Söderlund, Jonas, Cicmil, Svetlana, & Thomas, Janice (2008) Collaborative academic/practitioner research in project management : examples and applications. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 1(2), pp. 168-192.

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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. Design/methodology/approach – Using case study examples, a value proposition framework for undertaking collaborative research for higher degree level study is developed and presented. 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. 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. Originality/value – Few papers offer a value proposition framework for explaining collaborative research benefits. This paper addresses that need.

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ID Code: 49458
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: knowledge transfer, project management, research work, management research
DOI: 10.1108/17538370810866313
ISSN: 1753-8378
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Emerald
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2012 04:36
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 14:20

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