Leadership: The critical success factor in the rise or fall of useful research activity

Henderson, Amanda, Winch, Sarah and Holzhauser, Kerri (2009) Leadership: The critical success factor in the rise or fall of useful research activity. Journal of Nursing Management, 17 8: 942-946. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2009.01006.x

Author Henderson, Amanda
Winch, Sarah
Holzhauser, Kerri
Title Leadership: The critical success factor in the rise or fall of useful research activity
Journal name Journal of Nursing Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-0429
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2009.01006.x
Volume 17
Issue 8
Start page 942
End page 946
Total pages 5
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: To describe how momentum towards building research capacity has developed through aligning research activity with executive responsibility via strategic planning processes that direct operational structures and processes for research activity.

Reflecting on the development of research capacity over many years at complex tertiary referral hospitals reveals that building nursing knowledge is too important to be left to chance or whim but needs a strategic focus, appropriate resourcing and long-term sustainability through infrastructure.

Key issues:
A number of key approaches we uncovered as successful include: (i) articulation of questions consistent with the strategic direction of the health context that can be addressed through research evidence; (ii) engagement and dissemination through making research meaningful; and (iii) feedback that informs the executive about the contribution of research activity to guide policy and practice decisions.

Leadership teams need to ensure that the development of research knowledge is a strategic priority. The focus also needs to be more broadly on creating research capacity than focussing on small operational issues.

Implications for nursing management:
Research capacity is developed when it is initiated, supported and monitored by leadership.
Keyword Health service research
Research capacity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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