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dc.contributor.authorOlmos Peñuela, Julia-
dc.contributor.authorBenneworth, Paul-
dc.contributor.authorCastro Martínez, Elena-
dc.identifierdoi: 10.1007/s11024-015-9283-4-
dc.identifierissn: 0026-4695-
dc.identifiere-issn: 1573-1871-
dc.identifier.citationMinerva 53(4): 381-410 (2015)-
dc.description.abstractAmbiguity surrounding the effect of external engagement on academic research has raised questions about what motivates researchers to collaborate with third parties. We argue that what matters for society is research that can be absorbed by users. We define ‘openness’ as a willingness by researchers to make research more usable by external partners by responding to external influences in their own research practices. We ask what kinds of characteristics define those researchers who are more ‘open’ to creating usable knowledge. Our empirical study analyses a sample of 1583 researchers working at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). Results demonstrate that it is personal factors (academic identity and past experience) that determine which researchers have open behaviours. The paper concludes that policies to encourage external engagement should focus on experiences which legitimate and validate knowledge produced through user encounters, both at the academic formation career stage as well as through providing ongoing opportunities to engage with third parties.-
dc.description.sponsorshipThe data used for this study comes from the IMPACTO project funded by the Spanish Council for Scientific Research – CSIC (Ref. 200410E639). The work also benefited from a mobility grant awarded by Eu-Spri Forum to Julia Olmos Peñuela & Paul Benneworth for her visiting research to the Center of Higher Education Policy Studies. Finally, Julia Olmos Peñuela also benefited from a postdoctoral grant funded by the Generalitat Valenciana (APOSTD-2014-A-006).-
dc.subjectResearch micro-practices-
dc.subjectResearchers’ societal engagement-
dc.subjectExternal influences-
dc.subjectUsable research-
dc.titleWhat stimulates researchers to make their research usable? Towards an 'Openness' approach-
dc.description.versionPeer Reviewed-
dc.contributor.funderEuropean Commission-
dc.contributor.funderConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (España)-
dc.contributor.funderGeneralitat Valenciana-
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