Activist Research: Excellence, Impact and Engagement in Neo-Liberal Business Schools

02/16/2021 05:00 pm 02/16/2021 06:00 pm Australia/Melbourne Activist Research: Excellence, Impact and Engagement in Neo-Liberal Business Schools

Why is the impact and engagement agenda increasingly important in business schools and other elements of universities? What is the ‘rigor-relevance’ gap in management research? Such long-standing controversies are variously attributed to a lack of incentives and the unwillingness – or perhaps the inability – of many academic researchers to ‘translate’ their insights for practitioners.

For example, when ‘impact cases’ were demanded by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) (i.e. research that is not only ‘recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour’ but with an ‘effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’), ‘critical management studies’ (CMS) cases were notable by their absence.

In contrast, impact cases submitted by industrial relations and ‘critical labour studies’ (CLS) scholars were overrepresented. We have characterised the research of these ‘activist-scholars’ as ‘emancipatory partisanship’ – to distinguish them from other forms of partisan scholarship in the business school and beyond – and during the long COVID lock-down of 2020 we interviewed more than 40 industrial relations/CLS scholars to learn more about ‘doing impact’ via co-produced and participatory action research.

The UK's Research Excellence Framework inspired the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and its Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI) agenda.

Event hosts

Guest speaker

Professor Peter Turnbull, University of Bristol

Peter Turnbull, PhD is Professor of Management & Industrial Relations at Bristol University, UK a global affiliate of the Centre for Global Business (iCREW), Monash University. He previously worked at the Cardiff, Leeds & Warwick universities and the London School of Economics, and has visited many universities e.g. Queen’s (Belfast), Cornell, Melbourne, Monash & Sydney. His research with the International Labour Organization rated as an outstanding (4*) impact case in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework. He is internationally renowned; his latest research on aviation focuses on social dialogue in the context of organisational/technological change and the impact of COVID on the sustainability of different financing systems for air traffic services.

Discussant

Associate Professor Susan Ainsworth, University of Melbourne

Susan Ainsworth, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne. She is an internationally recognized expert in gender, workforce diversity, organizational studies, organizational communication and qualitative methods.

Organised by

Centre for Global Business (CGB)International Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (iCREW) and the Department of Management at Monash Business School, in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

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Event Details

Date:
16 February 2021 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue:
Online - Melbourne time
Categories:
Global Business

Description

Why is the impact and engagement agenda increasingly important in business schools and other elements of universities? What is the ‘rigor-relevance’ gap in management research? Such long-standing controversies are variously attributed to a lack of incentives and the unwillingness – or perhaps the inability – of many academic researchers to ‘translate’ their insights for practitioners.

For example, when ‘impact cases’ were demanded by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) (i.e. research that is not only ‘recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour’ but with an ‘effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’), ‘critical management studies’ (CMS) cases were notable by their absence.

In contrast, impact cases submitted by industrial relations and ‘critical labour studies’ (CLS) scholars were overrepresented. We have characterised the research of these ‘activist-scholars’ as ‘emancipatory partisanship’ – to distinguish them from other forms of partisan scholarship in the business school and beyond – and during the long COVID lock-down of 2020 we interviewed more than 40 industrial relations/CLS scholars to learn more about ‘doing impact’ via co-produced and participatory action research.

The UK's Research Excellence Framework inspired the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and its Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI) agenda.

Event hosts

Guest speaker

Professor Peter Turnbull, University of Bristol

Peter Turnbull, PhD is Professor of Management & Industrial Relations at Bristol University, UK a global affiliate of the Centre for Global Business (iCREW), Monash University. He previously worked at the Cardiff, Leeds & Warwick universities and the London School of Economics, and has visited many universities e.g. Queen’s (Belfast), Cornell, Melbourne, Monash & Sydney. His research with the International Labour Organization rated as an outstanding (4*) impact case in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework. He is internationally renowned; his latest research on aviation focuses on social dialogue in the context of organisational/technological change and the impact of COVID on the sustainability of different financing systems for air traffic services.

Discussant

Associate Professor Susan Ainsworth, University of Melbourne

Susan Ainsworth, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne. She is an internationally recognized expert in gender, workforce diversity, organizational studies, organizational communication and qualitative methods.

Organised by

Centre for Global Business (CGB)International Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (iCREW) and the Department of Management at Monash Business School, in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

Register now

Register via Zoom