Reconceptualising the nexes: A survey of twelve Scottish IS/IM academics perceptions of a nexus between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy.

Grant, Kevin and Wakelin, Sonia (2009) Reconceptualising the nexes: A survey of twelve Scottish IS/IM academics perceptions of a nexus between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy. Teaching in Higher Education, 14 (2). pp. 133-146. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

The discussion into nexes between teaching, research and scholarship continues to expand. Positivistic studies have attempted to 'measure' research output to evaluate teaching performance. Interpretive-based studies suggest staff perceive a nexus to exist. This paper investigates the perceptions of academic staff with regards the nexes between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy when informing teaching. Qualitative data were obtained via 12 semi-structured interviews with Information Systems/Information Management academics from both a teaching and a research-led university in Scotland. This study suggests that a perceived nexus exists between research and consultancy and it is bi-directional. The area of scholarship was perceived to be problematic. Teaching practice was perceived to be informed by both the processes and products of research and consultancy, but research and consultancy practices were not thought to be informed by teaching. When conceptualising a nexus, a process view, rather than a substantive view, may be more productive.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Kevin Grant
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:13
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2012 15:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15300
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