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.
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.
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.
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.
Vo, L.C. and Kelemen, M. (2017), "Collaborating across the researcher-practitioner divide: Introducing John Dewey’s democratic experimentalism", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 30 No. 6, pp. 858-871. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-03-2016-0054Download as .RIS
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