Revisiting impact in the context of workplace research: a review and possible directions.

Wall, T, Bellamy, Lawrence, Evans, V and Hopkins, S (2018) Revisiting impact in the context of workplace research: a review and possible directions. Journal of Work-Applied Management. ISSN 2205-2062

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to revisit the scholarly impact agenda in the context of work-based and workplace research, and to propose new directions for research and practice.

Design/methodology/approach
This paper combines a contemporary literature review with case vignettes and reflections from practice to develop more nuanced understandings, and highlights future directions for making sense of impact in the context of work-based learning research approaches.

Findings
This paper argues that three dimensions to making sense of impact need to be more nuanced in relation to workplace research: interactional elements of workplace research processes have the potential for discursive pathways to impact, presence (and perhaps non-action) can act as a pathway to impact, and the narrative nature of time means that there is instability in making sense of impact over time.

Research limitations/implications
The paper proposes a number of implications for practitioner-researchers, universities/research organisations, and focusses on three key areas: the amplification of research ethics in workplace research, the need for axiological shifts towards sustainability and the need to explicate axiological orientation in research.

Originality/value
This paper offers a contemporary review of the international impact debate in the specific context of work-based and workplace research approaches.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism
Depositing User: Jen Bacon
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 14:59
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 11:30
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/8950

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