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Collaborating across the researcher-practitioner divide: introducing John Dewey's democratic experimentalism

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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.

Citation

(2017). Collaborating across the researcher-practitioner divide: introducing John Dewey's democratic experimentalism. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 858-871. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-03-2016-0054

Acceptance Date May 7, 2017
Publication Date Oct 2, 2017
Journal Journal of Organizational Change Management
Print ISSN 0953-4814
Publisher Emerald
Pages 858-871
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-03-2016-0054
Keywords rigour, relevance, knowledge co-production, Democratic experimentalism, Dewey’s pragmatism, researcher-practitioner divide
Publisher URL http://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-03-2016-0054

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