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Junior researchers’ experience of innovation in a multidisciplinary team environment

Junior researchers’ experience of innovation in a multidisciplinary team environment
Junior researchers’ experience of innovation in a multidisciplinary team environment
This paper describes junior researchers’ experience of innovative research, with the aim of encouraging fellow junior academics. Through the experience, the team recognised that context and flexibility are key factors in the research process. These factors are discussed in the light of three specific features of this project. First is the type of research the team engages in: meta-research, which includes looking at how research is managed. Second, the team is embedded in a larger organisation that holds a broad range of perspectives, from molecular scientists to sociologists. Third, the organisation offers unique opportunities not available through the traditional academic paradigm. Identification of these factors influenced the learning associated with engaging in innovative research, not in the least was the lesson that research does not follow a linear path. These concepts are framed by Blumer’s theory of Symbolic Interactionism.
multidisciplinary teams, interdisciplinary research, research practice, innovation, reflective practice, organisational learning
1477-8238
95-97
Seto, Iva
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Dent, Louise
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Seto, Iva
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Dent, Louise
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Seto, Iva and Dent, Louise (2011) Junior researchers’ experience of innovation in a multidisciplinary team environment. Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 9 (1), 95-97. (doi:10.1057/kmrp.2010.28).

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This paper describes junior researchers’ experience of innovative research, with the aim of encouraging fellow junior academics. Through the experience, the team recognised that context and flexibility are key factors in the research process. These factors are discussed in the light of three specific features of this project. First is the type of research the team engages in: meta-research, which includes looking at how research is managed. Second, the team is embedded in a larger organisation that holds a broad range of perspectives, from molecular scientists to sociologists. Third, the organisation offers unique opportunities not available through the traditional academic paradigm. Identification of these factors influenced the learning associated with engaging in innovative research, not in the least was the lesson that research does not follow a linear path. These concepts are framed by Blumer’s theory of Symbolic Interactionism.

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Published date: March 2011
Keywords: multidisciplinary teams, interdisciplinary research, research practice, innovation, reflective practice, organisational learning
Organisations: Faculty of Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 354846
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/354846
ISSN: 1477-8238
PURE UUID: d56360d8-3e29-469c-8b09-7ae8224e7a4a
ORCID for Louise Dent: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8181-840X

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Date deposited: 29 Jul 2013 13:00
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:52

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Author: Iva Seto
Author: Louise Dent ORCID iD

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