Collaboration is a MethodSpace focus for December. We will look at the various types of collaboration that engage researchers and academic writers.
Emma Jeanes, Bernadette Loacker and Martyna Śliwa co-authored a chapter about researcher collaboration for the book, Critical Management Research: Reflections from the Field (2014). While they studied experiences of researchers within a specific discipline, the lessons learned are useful for all of us. The chapter, “Researcher Collaboration: Learning from Experience” is open access through the end of January. (Follow this link to read or download the chapter: http://bit.ly/2Uz6OpG)
Jeanes et al. introduce the chapter by discussing the fact that while many research texts focus on relationships between researchers and participants or other stakeholders, few look at the relationships among researchers. At this point, many of us collaborate either voluntarily or as part of a larger project. In our connected world, many of these projects engage researchers from across distances or disciplines, cultures or levels of seniority, we need to understand how to work together to co-produce new scientific knowledge.
To develop this chapter, the authors gathered input from other researchers:
Rather than rely on our own experiences, we sought to draw upon a broader range of experiences and reflections from the field of CM research from which others can learn. To this end the chapter aims to give voice to researchers, highlighting the precarious and, at times, unequal nature of collaboration. It then seeks to explore the nature of these relations and reflect on why such relationships may arise and what might be done to improve relations.(p.3)
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Learn more on SAGE MethodSpace:
Jeanes, E.,Loacker, B. & Śliwa, M. (2014). Researcher collaboration: learning from experience. In Jeanes, E., & Huzzard, T. Critical management research: Reflections from the field (pp.41-60). London: SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781446288610