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Applied Social Science Research in a Regional Knowledge System Balancing validity, meaning and convenience

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book illustrates how applied social scientists and their research are integrated with stakeholders and practitioners in a local/regional setting, and how knowledge development is a mutual concern, made in, and dependent on, ongoing dialogue. Focusing on the Agder region, the southernmost region in Norway, researchers and contributors question what impact the changing economic environment will have on applied researchers around the world. Applied research is seen as a vital part of the infrastructure for economic and social development, in the Agder region and beyond. The chapters are divided into four parts:

    • the spatial dimension of knowledge development;

    • understanding regional practice;

    • explaining regional practice;

    • influencing regional social practice.

    A useful resource for both policy makers and researchers, the book helps readers reflect on the type of mutual competence building that applied social science research implies, and depends on, in a regional knowledge development process. It represents a voice on how to understand the development of the knowledge society at regional and global levels.

    Part I: The special dimension of knowledge development

    1. Developing a sustainable business model in a changing economy

    Roger Henning Normann, Eugene Guribye and Kristin Wallevik

    2. Why Norway has to develop its own innovation policy

    Arne Isaksen

    3. Knowledge transfer in different regional contexts

    Nina Kyllingstad and Elisabet S. Hauge

    4. Collective knowing

    James Karlsen and Miren Larrea

    Part II: Understanding regional practice

    5. Opening or reproducing understandings

    Mikaela Vasstrøm

    6. Social integration of refugees

    May-Linda Magnussen and Ingunn Kvamme

    7. Comparative reflection

    Hanne Haaland and Hege Wallevik

    8. Phenomenology of music students

    Elisabet S. Hauge

    9. Power and knowledge

    Jørn Cruickshank and Hege Wallevik

    Part III: Explaining regional practice

    10. Network ties between universities and cultural and creative industries

    Barbara Zyzak, Rómulo Pinheiro and Elisabet S. Hauge

    11. The usefulness of applied research

    Christine Svarstad and Ellen Nyhus

    12. Regional knowledge infrastructure

    Sissel Strickert

    13. The Mittelstand

    Michael Ricke, Kristin Wallevik and Geir Jørgensen

    Part IV: Influencing regional social practice

    14. Getting China-ready

    Sarah Holst Kjær

    15. Business models for new experiential services

    Tor Helge Aas and Geir Jørgensen

    16. Commitment to sustainability in Agder

    Stina Torjesen and Karen Landmark

    17. Universities’ external relations

    Hans Chr. Garmann Johnsen


    Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen is a professor in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Agder in Norway. He is a specialist in the study of working life and innovation. For 15 years Garmann Johnsen has been involved in a national research programme into collaborative innovation. He has written and presented papers and authored journal articles published worldwide. Richard Ennals is a visiting professor at the Swedish Royal institute of Technology, and a director of the UK Work Organisation Network. He is Vice-Chair of the World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education. Ennals is Review Editor of the journal AI and Society and has himself authored many books, papers and journal articles.