Complexity sciences: towards an alternative approach to understanding the use of academic research
Authors: Lemay, Margaret A.; Sá, Creso
Source: Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 8, Number 4, November 2012 , pp. 473-494(22)
Publisher: Policy Press
Abstract:Academic research is increasingly linked to a range of socioeconomic benefits. With increasing investments in academic research, there is growing pressure to improve the uses of research and demonstrate its impacts. From theoretical and methodological perspectives, the use of research is not well understood. This paper examines the limitations of the widely accepted conventional framework for understanding research use and explores the potential for conceptualising research use as a complex social process. The paper argues that properties and behaviours of complex systems are relevant to building a realistic and more complete understanding of the research use process.
Document Type: Regular paper
Publication date: 2012-11-01
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