Differing values - Research quality in higher education and the NHS

Personal space - Derek Milne.
VARYING approaches to research can come into conflict under the growing pressure to collaborate across organisational boundaries and to achieve high quality standards, making it necessary for researchers to adapt. There can be a tendency to become ‘tribal’ about research, resulting in some of the pressures identified in this article. In turn, maladaptive coping strategies may be employed (e.g. ‘black and white’ thinking). The purpose here is to illustrate these pressures by means of a fictitious case-study approach (inspired by Jones, 2000). The article also indicates some potentially helpful ways of adapting to the pressure.

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