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Sustainable Growth, Management, And Economic Productivity (SMP) – Pathway Seminar 1

Date - Wednesday, 31st January 2018 (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

Reading, Writing and Researching across Disciplines.

Date & Time: Wednesday 31 January 2018, 1pm – 4.30pm

Venue: 248X Lecture Room (Lakehouse), Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, YO10 5GE

8898Professor Martyna Sliwa is Professor of Management and Organisation Studies and Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education at the University of Essex, where she is also the academic lead for the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS). She has published widely in the field of management and organization studies, utilising approaches drawn from literary studies, linguistics, history, and qualitative social research. This training workshop will have two parts.

Part 1 (1pm-2.30pm): In the first part Professor Sliwa will discuss with students the challenges and opportunities presented by “reading, writing and researching across disciplines”. She will draw on her experiences as an interdisciplinary researcher and discuss how she conceived, designed, and undertook her research. Students will have the opportunity to discuss this and their own research with Professor Sliwa in an informal and discursive setting.

Part 2 (3pm-4.30pm): Professor Sliwa will deliver a research paper. The title and abstract are below. This will enable students to see how interdisciplinary research can be conducted in practice. This paper also directly deals with professional research practice strategies and behaviours, and so has potential for professional development reflections for students planning a post-doctoral academic career.

Title of Research paper:

Collaborative work within a regime of performance measurement: complexities, challenges and implications for academics and higher education institutions


The current demands on higher education institutions to become more efficient and effective have led to increasing performance pressures on researchers, and consequently on the practices and outcomes of researcher collaborations. In this paper, based on a qualitative study of collaborative experiences of management scholars, we explore the complexities and challenges of researcher collaborations in a regime of intensified performance measurement. Our study suggests that researcher collaborations are underpinned by four main rationalities, which we categorise as being: traditional-hierarchical, strategic-instrumental, scholarly-professional and relationship-orientated. These often co-existing rationalities are shaped by institutional discourses and regulative mechanisms and collegial relations and practices. We find that strategic-instrumental rationalities are the most prevalent and typically infuse other rationalities. Our research demonstrates that while this may result in more outputs, there are potential consequences identified by participants for the quality and purpose of outputs, the effects on collegial relationships and in particular the risks of exploitation and reinvoked hierarchies in collaborative relationships. The study hence reveals some of the problematic implications for academics and higher education institutions that come along with research productivity measurement.

Travel Information
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions.  The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

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Enquiry contact details

For all enquiries please contact Pathway Director Dr Simon Mollan at simon.mollan@york.ac.uk