Preparing for research assessment: Co-evolution and gamesmanship

Kim, Richard M. and Kaplan, Simon M. (2010). Preparing for research assessment: Co-evolution and gamesmanship. In: ACIS 2010 Proceedings. 21st Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Brisbane, Australia, (1-11). 1 -3 December 2010.

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Author Kim, Richard M.
Kaplan, Simon M.
Title of paper Preparing for research assessment: Co-evolution and gamesmanship
Conference name 21st Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 1 -3 December 2010
Convener Professor Xiaofang Zhou
Proceedings title ACIS 2010 Proceedings
Journal name ACIS 2010 Proceedings - 21st Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Place of Publication AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this paper we adopt a complex systems perspective to examine the perturbations caused by the introduction of the Research Quality Framework (RQF) at a research-intensive Australian university. This case is instructive as it 1) presents a Federal policy initiative that attempted to fundamentally alter the recognition and reward mechanism within a regulated funding environment, 2) analyses the strategies of an institution and its research groups as they sought to not only comply with the implementation of the RQF but to maximise their outcome, and 3) it reveals the ways that some actors used this perturbation to advance their own interests. In short, this case represents an instrumental study into the dynamics of how information systems, organisations, and individuals co-evolve in practice as they seek to navigate a complex problem scenario.
Keyword Co-evolution
Complex adaptive systems
Actor-network theory
Research quality framework RQF
Case study
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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