Delivering impact via the ebb-and-flow of a research team: Reflection on a long-term program of research into a global societal challenge

Rebecca Bednarek, Eugenia Cacciatori, Konstantinos Chalkias, Rhianna Gallagher Rodgers, Paula Jarzabkowski, Mustafa Kavas, Elisabeth Krull

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Abstract

In this paper, we draw insights from a 15-year qualitative research program exploring catastrophe insurance and gaps in insurance protection as risks escalate within a world impacted by a climate emergency. We suggest that the ebb-and-flow of our research team's composition and activities through time was inextricably linked with our ability to have a sustained impact on such a large-scale societal issue. The essay situates itself within the research impact and team literature, narrates the trajectory of our research program and team development, and develops a framework for effectively managing impact-oriented qualitative research teams over time. Our framework illustrates key aspects of this process including team (re)forming, building team and individual stickability, performing, and managing team flux. We also present 10 practical takeaways for how these aspects can be managed effectively to produce long-term impact work to address grand challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-214
Number of pages21
JournalThe Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Volume60
Issue number1
Early online date26 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • engaged scholarship
  • qualitative research
  • research design
  • teams

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

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