Resolving the Crisis in Research by Changing the Game
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Resolving the Crisis in Research by Changing the Game

An Ecosystem and a Sharing Philosophy

Morten Huse

This groundbreaking book arrives at a time of growing concern for the future of true scholarship. Calling for coordinated efforts to reorganise the scholarly ecosystem, Morten Huse reflects on the past and looks to the future to uncover a communal approach to scholarship that comprises an open, innovative and impact-driven attitude to research that can change the academic game.
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Chapter 7: An open innovation approach—head, heart, and hands

Morten Huse


Scholarship goes beyond learning the tricks of the trade. It is holistic, and we cannot make a split between our scholarly lives and us as private persons. True scholarship is our lives. It is about the integration of head, heart and hands. In this chapter I reflect on my late career period at Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H). It shaped my ways of formulating, exploring and developing our academic community. I use concepts such as grand challenges, social engagement, holistic and reflexive. The open approach includes a dialogue where all participants share and learn from each other. UW/H is embedded in anthroposophical and Humboldtian traditions. These are features of a lighthouse in showing the direction for true scholarship. In Witten I started to define myself as a mentor. In my research, teaching and mentoring I have taken up a policy of starting with the heart. Being a mentor is about working with hearts.

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