University and industry partnerships: Lessons from collaborative research

Gaskill, Deanne, Morrison, Paul, Sanders, Fran, Forster, Elizabeth M., Edwards, Helen E., McClure, Sandra, & Fleming, Rosanne M. (2003) University and industry partnerships: Lessons from collaborative research. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 9(6), pp. 347-355.

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Collaborative research between educational institutions and health agencies is being increasingly used as a method of achieving joint outcomes and bringing together theory and practice. This paper reports on the experiences of collaboration that arose out of just such a project carried out in a residential aged care setting. The research team included university academics, two nurses in management positions in the aged care facility and a senior research assistant. In this paper, we explore some of the unexpected issues that emerged during implementation of the research project. The major challenges to successful collaboration arose not from within the collaborative research team, but from the responses of the broader staff who generally had little, if any, experience of research. Despite efforts to inform and involve staff, deep suspicions about the 'real' motives of the project proved difficult to shift. Trust and commitment are vital dimensions of successful collaborative research, yet gaining these from some staff proved elusive. Collaborative relationships between educational and practice settings need to be viewed as long-term endeavours driven by a common unifying goal to enhance client care. This has implications for costs and timelines which might be difficult to manage.

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ID Code: 1311
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: aged care, collaborative research, commitment, industry partners, trust, university
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-172X.2003.00448.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at
Deposited On: 18 May 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:07

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