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The absorption of research knowledge by public civil servants

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Abstract:

The aim of this study is to revisit the major theoretical perspectives on research utilisation by public civil servants, to propose a new conceptual framework of the absorption of research knowledge by these civil servants and to provide a first empirical testing of the proposed conceptual framework. Some of the empirical findings are particularly interesting as they seem to converge with the well-known 'bounded' aspect of rational action. For example, they show a significant association between civil servants' educational level, on the one hand, and, on the other, their propensity to communicate with academic researchers and to acquire research evidence.

Keywords: ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY; CIVIL SERVANTS; CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY; PATH ANALYSIS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426409X478734

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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