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Article citation: Rebecca Marsh, (2010) "Measuring the impact of research", Corporate Governance, Vol. 10 Iss: 1, pp. -
Hardly a day goes by when an article or viewpoint is not brought to our attention that highlights the need to review how research can be more effectively connected to real-world activity and policy setting. This debate has not emerged as a result of the current economic crisis, but it has certainly been brought into sharper focus by it. We are challenged to consider the role of research in contributing to the failures in our financial systems and leadership or, at the very least, in its inability to direct business, economies and societies away from it. So the question remains do we batten down the hatches and hope this particular squall passes over head so that we can return to the processes and systems that we know, or should we use this as an opportunity to find a better solution to an age-old and, unfortunately, increasing problem of disconnection between the world of research and scholarship and the world of practice and policy formation?
Emerald, alongside other scholarly publishers, is an intermediary or “translator”, capturing, evaluating, organising and disseminating research output. The scholarly publishing process has been established for centuries and has successfully managed the process of highlighting important research to the wider world, and this has, in turn, contributed to the development of business, science, industry and culture.
Research can be used in a number of different contexts: knowledge (contributing to further research); practice; teaching; public policy; and societal. Research is often part of a continuum and rarely is there a direct cause and effect; changes will be seen over a long period of time, rather than immediately.
In order to capture some of the different impacts of research at different points along the continuum, Emerald is planning to focus on developing a framework to highlight all the important ways of evaluating research. We are proposing to explore the following areas:
Through talking to our communities, we are delighted to announce that we have introduced a separate field in the structured abstract that highlights social implications.
If you would like to make any suggestions for shaping a framework to evaluate impact or if you have any general comments, please do get in touch. Feel free to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Publishing Director, Emerald Group Publishing Limited