Research seminar: 'The Research Impact Conundrum'

Date Monday 10 December 2018
Time 1pm - 3pm
Where MSB.4.02, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Presenter Professor Martina Battisti (University of Portsmouth Business School, UK)
Admission Cost Free

For business schools around the world it has become increasingly important to demonstrate the non-academic benefits of their research.

Waikato Management School's Research Office is hosting a seminar on 'The Research Impact Conundrum' on Monday, 10 December at 1pm. The guest speaker is Dr Martina Battisti, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Portsmouth Business School in the UK.

The seminar will discuss ways of developing a research culture that fosters the non-academic benefits of research and the tensions that arise from this increasing focus on impact.

"Articulating the anticipated impact that our research might have is relatively easy; but achieving and being able to evidence it is much more difficult," says Professor Battisti.

Using the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) as a context, this seminar highlights some of the key findings from the REF 2014 impact assessment and discusses changes to REF2021.

Prior to moving to the UK, Professor Battisti led the New Zealand Centre for Small-to-Medium Enterprise Research at Massey University. She is co-editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.

She previously served on the board of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), the Small Enterprise Association Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ), and a number of government advisory boards.

Professor Battisti has been invited to join the European Commission Directorate-General Research and Innovation as an independent expert to monitor the impact that European partnerships have on SMEs and discuss how the lessons learned can be applied to Horizon Europe.