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Facilitating research utilisation: A cross‐sector review of research evidence

Jane Hemsley‐Brown (School of Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



For many management researchers, it is important that the knowledge they create is utilised and has some impact on managerial practice. Sustainable competitive advantage depends less on who has the information and increasingly on those able to make the best use of that information. This paper focuses on two key questions: what are the barriers to research utilisation and what are the most effective strategies for facilitating the use of research by managers in the public sector, based on research evidence? The approach entailed extensive searches of on‐line databases in the fields of management, education and medicine, from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. Key themes to emerge from this review were the accessibility and relevance of research, trust and credibility; the gap between researchers and users, and organisational factors. Research use can be facilitated through: support and training; collaboration and partnership; dissemination strategies; networks; and strong, visible leadership.



Hemsley‐Brown, J. (2004), "Facilitating research utilisation: A cross‐sector review of research evidence", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 17 No. 6, pp. 534-552.



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