Article

Re-conceptualising the concept of a nexus? A survey of 12 Scottish IS/IM academics' perceptions of a nexus between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy

Citation

Grant K & Wakelin SJ (2009) Re-conceptualising the concept of a nexus? A survey of 12 Scottish IS/IM academics' perceptions of a nexus between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy. Teaching in Higher Education, 14 (2), pp. 133-146. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562510902757146

Abstract
The discussion into nexes between teaching, research and scholarship continues to expand. Positivistic studies have attempted to 'measure' research output to evaluate teaching performance. Interpretive-based studies suggest staff perceive a nexus to exist. This paper investigates the perceptions of academic staff with regards the nexes between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy when informing teaching. Qualitative data were obtained via 12 semi-structured interviews with Information Systems/Information Management academics from both a teaching and a research-led university in Scotland. This study suggests that a perceived nexus exists between research and consultancy and it is bi-directional. The area of scholarship was perceived to be problematic. Teaching practice was perceived to be informed by both the processes and products of research and consultancy, but research and consultancy practices were not thought to be informed by teaching. When conceptualising a nexus, a process view, rather than a substantive view, may be more productive.

Keywords
nexus between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy; higher education information systems; higher education information management;

Journal
Teaching in Higher Education: Volume 14, Issue 2

StatusPublished
FundersGlasgow Caledonian University
Publication date30/04/2009
Publication date online27/03/2009
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28923
ISSN1356-2517