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Impact in interdisciplinary and cross-sector research: Opportunities and challenges

Gooch, D; Vasalou, A; Benton, L; (2016) Impact in interdisciplinary and cross-sector research: Opportunities and challenges. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology , 68 (2) pp. 378-391. 10.1002/asi.23658. Green open access

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Abstract

Impact is embedded in today's research culture, with increasing importance being placed on the value of research to society. In interdisciplinary and cross-sector projects, team members may hold distinct views on the types of impact they want to create. Set in the context of an interdisciplinary, cross-sector project comprised of partners from academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector, our paper unpacks how these diverse project members understand impact. Our analysis shows that interdisciplinary projects offer a unique opportunity to create impact on a number of different levels. Moreover, it demonstrates that a lack of accountable design and collaboration practices can potentially hinder pathways to impact. Finally, we find that the interdisciplinary perspectives that such projects introduce encourage a rich gamut of sustainable outcomes that go beyond commercialization. Our findings support researchers working in these complex contexts to appreciate the opportunities and challenges involved in interdisciplinary cross-sector research contexts while imparting them with strategies for overcoming these challenges.

Type: Article
Title: Impact in interdisciplinary and cross-sector research: Opportunities and challenges
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/asi.23658
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.23658
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1485950
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