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This collection of articles highlights social and behavioral science research, and interrogates the metrics by which this impact is measured.
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Britain’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) announced winners in six categories of its Celebrating Impact Prize 2022 on Nov. 3. Now in its tenth year, the prize celebrates the success of ESRC-funded researchers in achieving and enabling outstanding economic or societal impact from excellent research. The ESRC is the UK’s largest f
The author’s team’s research shows universities should rethink internships and work-integrated learning for social sciences and humanities students in a way that helps community partners build capacity for innovation.
The Organization Studies and SAGE Student Paper Impact Award is awarded annually to reward post-graduate students who have written a paper that has generated considerable societal impact.
The annual award ceremony for the Golden Goose Award will take place on September 14, 2022, starting at 6:30 p.m. […]
Through the SSRC’s Mercury Project, a first cohort of 12 teams from 17 countries is tasked with researching locally tailored solutions on how bad health information spreads, how to combat it, how to build stronger information systems, and how to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates.
An academic paper that asserts you can present nearly any research finding as significant would be widely read and cited has received more that 4,000 citations since it was published in 2011.
The story of the book ‘Nudge’ offers insights into what can happen when research has an unpredictably large impact in the world of politics and policy
“When you educate a man, you educate a person, but when you educate a woman, you educate an entire generation.” The same applies to empowering women to find their footing in organized employment.
A 2011 paper on Amazon’s then-new and innovative Mechanical Turk, which among other things crowdsources prospective participants for social and behavioral research via an online marketplace, has garnered 7,500 citations in the subsequent decade.
One reason that many social scientists care about impact is that they see in social science the promise of and a path for knowledge – data, analysis, concepts – shaping the world they want to make.
A paper looking at the Danish National Patient Register has proved one of the most cited papers published by SAGE in 2011.
Can ethnography, long characterized as a lower tier of evidence in studying drug use, find things other approaches miss?
How can organizations get their members to engage in sustainability practices? The authors outlines several mechanisms.
If traditional filters of prestige are themselves steeped in a set of tacit values that may no longer adequately respect the modes of labor (or the laborers themselves), then when better to step back for a moment to ask what we are counting — and why?
One way or another, the Journal Citation Reports today play an outsized role in determining whose careers thrive and whose careers whither and which journals flourish or fade away.
In this post, Holly Slay Ferraro, an associate professor in the Villanova School of Business and Academic Director for DEI […]
Most academic research on climate change at the nexus of business and society supports a view that the best agenda is enlightened business-as-usual. The authors suggest real progress needs to account for the flow of time and primacy of place.
Not one single metric can encapsulate the importance of a field, notes Digital Science’s Mike Taylor, and in fields where broader uptake is slower, this is especially true.
Organization studies professor Laura Rovelli, one of the advisory board members for the Declaration on Research Assessment, or DORA, discusses some of the components of impact beyond citation count and how we can harness those components.
‘Scholars from the periphery’ often pay a price — unintentional but no less real — for their geography. In this […]
In this second response to Ziyad Marar’s thought piece “On Measuring Social Science Impact” from Organizational Studies, Anne-Wil Harzing, professor of international management and staff development lead at Middlesex University Business School, sets the stage for further discussion by defining impact in terms of progressing scientific knowledge, developing critical thinking, and addressing societal problems.
In this first response to Ziyad Marar’s thought piece “On Measuring Social Science Impact,” professor Sue Fletcher-Watson, who represents a field where the direct purpose is to improve the quality of life for a group of individuals, shares why current metrics fall short and what we can do about it.
The following essay by Ziyad Marar is adapted from “On Measuring Social Science Impact,” published in the journal Organization Studies. To […]
The challenge of climate change is enormous and requires an all-of-science effort. Psychologists must be part of the solution.
Quantification can reformulate something as complex and multidimensional as teaching into a one-dimensional score. And such a score gives the possessor a sense of control and understanding. But, given the implications of quantification, this is an illusion.