Kelemen, ML ORCID: 0000-0001-7362-4082 and Vo, LC (2017) Collaborating across the researcher-practitioner divide: introducing John Dewey's democratic experimentalism. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 30 (6). pp. 858-871. ISSN 0953-4814

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to contribute to bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners. It does so by comparing the various models of academic-practitioner collaboration and introducing Dewey’s democratic experimentalism as a promising alternative.

Design/methodology/approach
The conceptual implications are drawn from an analysis and discussion of the literatures in the field of organizational knowledge production, co-production and Deweyan studies.

Findings
Democratic experimentalism offers a much needed platform for a collaborative relationship between academics and practitioners that leads to knowledge that is rigorous and relevant to practice.

Originality/value
While the current models of academic-practitioner collaboration provide mechanisms for knowledge co-production, the Dewey’s democratic experimentalism goes further to emphasize the nature of the relationship between academics and practitioners in such common endeavor to ensure that all of them are equal co-creators of knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rigour, relevance, knowledge co-production, Democratic experimentalism, Dewey’s pragmatism, researcher-practitioner divide
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 08:02
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2018 10:16
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3359

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