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Developing and testing a method to measure academic societal impact

Phillips, Paul, Moutinho, Luiz, Godinho, Pedro (2017) Developing and testing a method to measure academic societal impact. Higher Education Quarterly, 72 (2). pp. 121-140. ISSN 0951-5224. E-ISSN 1468-2273. (doi:10.1111/hequ.12154) (KAR id:65117)


This paper aims to extend understanding of the business and societal impact of academic research. From a business school perspective, it has taken stock of the role of academic research and relevance in business and society. The proposed conceptual framework highlights the forces influencing the pursuit of academic rigour and relevance in scholarly outputs. A theoretical model for measuring the societal impact of academic journal articles—the Academic Rigour and Relevance Index (AR2I)—was developed. This index comprises six key parameters, which are assessed by three stakeholder groups connected with academic research into business issues, these groups being: business practitioners, society and academics. The behaviour of the AR2I model was evaluated using the Monte Carlo simulation model. Taking into account the relationships between the standard deviations and the differences of classification between articles with different levels of rigour and relevance, it is demonstrated that the AR2I model is an effective tool.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/hequ.12154
Uncontrolled keywords: Societal impact; Academic research; Business impact; Science–society interactions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Paul Phillips
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2017 09:31 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 12:43 UTC
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