How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant
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How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant

Insights and Strategies for the Modern Research Environment

Edited by Friederike Welter and David Urbano

Everyone wants their research to be read and to be relevant. This exciting new guide presents a broad range of ideas for enhancing research impact and relevance. Bringing together researchers from all stages of academic life, it offers a far-reaching discussion of strategies to optimise relevancy in the modern research environment.
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Chapter 16: The value of business events for engaged scholarship

Elsa Breit

Abstract

Chapter 16 shows how doctoral students and established scientists can benefit from attending business events, at which stages this can be helpful in the research process, and why it can help close the rigour–relevance gap and encourage engaged scholarship. The author presents her own experiences, the diversity of possible approaches and the benefits of business events at the beginning of her research and questions established scientists about their role at and value of business events. Starting a new research project, business events can help gain an overview of developments in the field, anchor the research problem and question it in the real world and establish contacts for possible empiricism. According to established scientists the exchange between science and practice at events is valuable for both sides and although it is difficult to communicate between the systems, it gives us the chance to create something new and common.

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