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Session Type: PDW Workshop
Program Session: 148 | Submission: 17413 | Sponsor(s): (PTC, MED)
Scheduled: Friday, Aug 10 2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM at Sheraton Grand Chicago in Wrigleyville
Getting Started: The Do’s and Don’ts for Initiating Impactful Academic-Practitioner-Relationships
Initiating Impactful Relations

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Chair: Tyrone Pitsis, Durham U.
Facilitator: Christof Backhaus, Aston Business School
Presenter: Melanie P. Cohen, Institute for Creative
Presenter: Nathalie Ferres, Bendelta Ltd.
Presenter: Amanda Girth, Ohio State U.
Presenter: Christian Gutzelnig, Alpen-Adria U. Klagenfurt, Austria
Presenter: Tom McGovern, Newcastle U.
Presenter: Matthew Mount, Deakin U.
Presenter: Krsto Pandza, U. of Leeds
Discussant: Usha C.V. Haley, Wichita State U.
Discussant: Ainurul Afizah Rosli, Brunel Business School
Discussant: Tabish Zaman, U. of Leeds
Increasingly there are push and pull factors driving the need for knowledge co-production between university, industry, government and third sector organizations in order to tackle societal and organizational challenges. However, both on the scholar and practitioner sides, there is still skepticism and reluctance when it comes to joining forces to pursue collaborative projects. While there are a variety of (often good) reasons for such restraint, in many cases collaborative projects are not initiated or fail before they begin due to false expectations, communication issues or governance problems. Building on the outcomes of our PDW “How to make Academic-Practitioner-Relationships Work - A Learning Community Approach” held at the AoM conference in 2017, this PDW focuses on the first step in the academic-practitioner relationship. In last year’s PDW we developed a stage model outlining the prototypical development of academic-practitioner relationships, and this year we will focus on what was highlighted as a critical stage of the model by participants: the initiation phase. This stage encompasses screening partners, and on why and how to approach potential practitioner/scholarly organizations to collaborate with. Utilizing a learning community approach, presenters from both the academic and the practitioner’s background will share their lived experiences gained in initiating collaborative projects. In the plenary sessions, participants will reflect on the expert presentations, in order to generate a discussion and carve out important Do’s and Don’ts alongside the initiation phase.
Pre-registration is required for this session. To register online, please visit The deadline to register online is August 5, 2018.
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