How can we make the best-informed decisions? How can we ensure that our innovations are founded upon solid assumptions? In order to develop our initiatives on a sound basis, they have to be informed by the latest research. Yet, while this is important, it’s not enough: we need to talk about what it is in...
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If you could choose any expert, which one would you work with? If you could choose anyone in the world to work with on an issue that affects your organization or institution, whom would you work with? This person might be a scientist, best-selling guru, management consultant, or industry leader whom you admire. However, to...
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The latest academic research can increase telehealthcare product quality and sales. Telehealthcare devices help people to stay home rather than go into institutional care. Examples include fall detectors, bodily monitoring devices, and pill dispensers. A 2017 peer-reviewed research paper has found that “few” telehealthcare devices are user-friendly, with a “user-centred design”. Users did not know...
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"Why do think tanks and committees at times produce inadequate conclusions?" Think tanks and other committees of people who have been brought together to address challenges have a daunting task: make recommendations on issues they often are not qualified to answer in a nuanced way. Even if someone has been an expert in a field,...
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"Why settle for the Top 10 hits on a search engine when I can work with an Academic Consultant?" Obtain skills and expertise that can bring value to your company in over 600 knowledge areas; Bring your issues to life: identify the scope of problems and generate solutions with expert knowledge from a fresh perspective;...
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"Why do Academics like working with businesses, governments, and NGOs?" Working as a consultant has rewards for academics. Some, like Stephen Cheung, see the opportunity for an "exciting intellectual journey", that comes from applying theoretical knowledge in "real-world" situations. Cheung is further motivated by the "level of speed and efficiency" that exists in applied situations,...
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Myth #10 One clear perspective is the best. “Top managers need exposure to a variety of well-informed perspectives relevant to the specific context at hand before making a decision; how can I find the best, most nuanced perspectives in the field?” Following best practices out of context is problematic. If you are basing your future...
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Myth #9 It’s best to work alone. “What is the importance of talk, social interaction, and validation in constructing useful knowledge – as opposed to simply searching for information online?” We talk every day to negotiate and clarify the concepts we are thinking of, such as what constitutes a “successful outcome”, or a “controlled experiment”,...
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Myth #8 Failure should be criticized. “There is no innovation without trust; academics can promote a culture of collegiality, inquiry, initiative, and understanding.” There is no innovation without trust. No-one is going to share their new idea with a person who might criticize or steal it. Moreover, if people are not trusted, their “failures” might...
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