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In June and July MethodSpace will focus on research-oriented careers including career purpose and goals, skills, as well as expected and unexpected transitions. Find the whole series of posts here.


We are focusing on careers in June and July on MethodSpace with a broad view that encompasses new and experienced researchers. For many of us, this time of crisis has called us to rethink the meaning of our work. Clearly now, more than ever, we need to learn from and with each other. We need to come together across disciplinary divides and across the boundaries associated with research and practice. In this era, interdisciplinary collaboration is key. You can learn more from MethodSpace posts about interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

The Network for Business Sustainability invites scholars and practitioners to join in the Impact Challenge and find ways to engage in co-creation for “sustainability impact on practice and conducting rigorous research.” Learn more in this post and the website.


The Impact Challenge

Intractable sustainability issues require problem solvers to come together. Practitioners and researchers can bring complementary insights to co-create knowledge for sustainability impact. However, often researchers see impact as a translation problem: findings need to be translated into language managers can understand and disseminated effectively.

But translation only goes so far in creating real change. What if impact is reframed as a knowledge production problem? Then, the focus shifts from how researchers provide managers with the right answer to how to integrate academic and practitioner knowledge for unique insights.

Despite its promise, knowledge co-creation with practitioners is neither easy nor incentivized.

NBS’s Co-Creation Initiative

NBS seeks to help researchers navigate the path of co-creation with practitioners — by learning from each other and sharing challenges and advice.

We want to build resources that offer insights to researchers on key questions such as:

  • How do I do collaborative research (e.g., engaged scholarship, insider-outsider research) and how do I do it well? See existing resources here.
  • How do I publish such research in top journals?
  • How do I manage my researcher identity in academic circles that may not value such collaborative work?

We want to build a community of researchers who share their experiences and offer insights to each other.

Get Involved

Subscribe to our academic newsletter, the Researcher Update, to receive the latest co-creation guidance. We also hope you’ll contribute your own co-creation insights. Please share your interest by emailing gsharma[at]ivey.ca.

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