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How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant

Insights and Strategies for the Modern Research Environment Edited by Friederike Welter, President and Managing Director, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn and Professor, University of Siegen, Germany and David Urbano, Professor at the School of Economics and Business and Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Research (CREIS),Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
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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Publication Date: April 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78897 760 9
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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.

This book is crucial reading for advanced masters students, doctoral students and researchers in the social sciences wishing to grow the relevance of their research beyond academia. Senior researchers and educators offering doctoral courses will also benefit from its insight into the development of a generation of young researchers in the contemporary academic environment.
‘This book may become the beginning of a new movement as it encourages new researchers to examine the relevance of their work beyond the world of academic publications. As community engagement becomes an ever greater aspect of the work of universities, How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant should become prescribed reading for any new researcher who wants their work to have meaningful impact for multiple stakeholders.’
– Thomas M. Cooney, Technological University Dublin, Ireland

‘This is a very timely book addressing a pressing question of impact and relevance in research. Most importantly the book not only suggests relevance and impact to matter but embraces a challenge how to promote and sustain change in academia. This is done by inviting PhD students and junior researchers to discuss ways to identify relevant questions to be studied with relevant approaches and how to transfer our research results for the society. As such, the book actively aims at resisting “publication frenzy” and offers a way out to the more inspiring future in research!’
– Ulla Hytti, University of Turku, Finland

‘This is a different book – unique regarding both the collection of contributors and their combined messages. Together the authors stress the importance of connecting their intellectual curiosity to value creation – for themselves, their academic institutions, and explicitly for society. By reflecting on their group discussions and then sometimes quite personal introspection, they promote the continued need for questioning assumptions and applying novel research methodologies. Overall, Welter and Urbano have worked with their early career contributors to craft an exploration of impact and relevance of academic research that makes me optimistic for the future.’
– Patricia Greene, Babson College, US
Contributors include: T. Alfahaid, A. Aljarodi, C. Alvarez, S. Aparicio, E. Breit, A. Buhrandt, D. de Castro Leal, K. Ettl, S. Feldermann, I. Haase, J. Janisch, P. Köhn, T. Lopez, A. Löscher, A. Müller, M. Paschke, P.J. Ruf, J. Schnittker, C. Soost, D. Urbano, C. Weigel, F. Welter


Contents:

Preface: The story of this book
Friederike Welter and David Urbano
Part I: Why should we care about the relevance and impact of our research?
1. Introducing the book: The what, why and how of relevance and impact
Friederike Welter, David Urbano, Turki Alfahaid, Abdullah Aljarodi, Elsa Breit, Andreas Buhrandt, Debora de Castro Leal, Sina Feldermann, Jonas Janisch, Philipp Köhn, Tatiana Lopez, Anne Löscher, Anna Müller, Max Paschke, Philipp Julian Ruf, Julia Schnittker and Christine Weigel
Part II: How to identify relevance in your research topic – new directions in entrepreneurship research
2. Bring your background up and keep the context in mind to choose the right conversation
Sebastian Aparicio
3. Irrelevant or relevant – key learnings from an early career researcher for other early career researchers
Jonas Janisch
4. Schrödinger’s family firm: On the German legislator implicitly defining the family business and how he attempts to protect it
Andreas Buhrandt
5. Can you spare a dollar, please? Foreign exchange shortage as persisting challenge for economic development
Anne Löscher
Part III: How to make your research approaches relevant
6. Find your conversation and join it
Claudia Alvarez
7. The real deal – a researcher among practitioners
Inga Haase
8. From practice to practice – an example for the relevance of research (projects) and its implications
Julia Schnittker
9. Different approaches of context in quantitative entrepreneurship research
Abdullah Aljarodi, Tatiana Lopez and Turki Alfahaid
10. How to study context in quantitative entrepreneurship research
Christine Weigel and Christian Soost
11. Reflections of an activist-academic
Debora de Castro Leal
Part IV: How to transfer your research results
12. Be passionate about your research topics and share this passion
Kerstin Ettl
13. The life cycle of academia and their impact on early career researchers’ publishing behaviour
Julian Ruf and Philipp Köhn
14. Living under the restrictions of ‘publish or perish’-culture
Christine Weigel and Anna Müller
15. Fighting for attention – early career researchers and the online scientific community
Inga Haase and Anna Müller
16. The value of business events for engaged scholarship
Elsa Breit
17. Bridging the gap: Contextualization as a lighthouse
Max Paschke
Part V: Afterthoughts
18. An ongoing journey – developing relevance and impact dimensions of entrepreneurship research
Tatiana Lopez, Anna Müller and Max Paschke

Index