From productive interactions to productive science system dynamics: understanding the key dimensions in developing SSH research societal impact

In this paper we seek to realise the potential that Spaapen & Van Drooge’s productive interactions concept offers, but which we argue has been lost through its operationalisation as a process of ‘counting interactions’. Productive interactions arise through moments of contact between two very different systems (the societal and the scientific), and each system values societal impact in very different ways.

Innovations in Early Music Festivals

To identify and analyse the innovations implemented by early music festivals a questionnaire based on the innovation sites in creative industries identified by Miles and Green (2008) was designed, discussed with the Executive Board of Directors of the European Early Music Network (REMA), and then administered in an online survey that was answered by 45% of directors of early music festivals which were member of European Early Music Network.

What role, economic model and benefits for Festivals in the digital age? An international cross comparison analysis in the audiovisual and publishing industries

Festivals are one of the most diffused examples of living production in all the field of cultural and creative industries (CCIs), (Frey, 1994; Caves, 2000; Luonila, Johansson, 2016). Nonetheless, till the 90s “The study of temporary events such as festivals, markets, fairs and other ephemeral events is finally relatively limited”1 (Benghozi, Nénert, 1995: 66). In recent years, festivals attracted an increased attention also because of their remarkable increase in number (del Barrio et al., 2012; Vecco, Srakar, 2017; Baez-Montenegro, Devesa-Fernandez, 2017).

Aligning scientific impact and societal relevance: the roles of academic engagement and interdisciplinary research

Scientific findings from publicly-funded research are increasingly expected to demonstrate both
scientific impact and societal relevance. Scientific impact is associated with achieving recognition within
the community of scientists; while societal relevance is related to the capacity to respond to the needs
of non-academic audiences. Despite the advocacy of policy discourses, the pursuit and achievement of
this dual mission face important challenges.

Open research behaviour in management studies: an ideal honoured more in the breach than in the observance

Recent debates around academic research’s societal contribution have emerged in response to demands for a new “social contract” for science, in particular demanding an increase of benefits for society (Martin, 2003; Sarewitz, 2016). Academy has focused on better understanding the conditions under which researchers engage with society and produce relevant knowledge that can be eventually transferred and applied outside academia (Amara et al., 2018; Perkmann, et al., 2013).
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