Successful failure: good for the self and science

Clark, Alexander M. and Thompson, David R. (2013) Successful failure: good for the self and science. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69 10: 2145-2147. doi:10.1111/jan.12125

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Author Clark, Alexander M.
Thompson, David R.
Title Successful failure: good for the self and science
Journal name Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0309-2402
Publication date 2013-10
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1111/jan.12125
Volume 69
Issue 10
Start page 2145
End page 2147
Total pages 3
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Economies fail, businesses fail, organizations fail, our bodies fail, we fail (Omerod 2005, Cole 2011). Irrespective of all attempts to avoid it, all too readily, failure reigns (Clark & Thompson 2012a). Likewise, for decades, it has been recognized that failure is never far away in research and academic careers (Gagnon 1969, Flores 1998). Promising ideas remain un-translated into new research proposals or articles. Sampling is a struggle. The benefits found in intervention studies are not replicated in new sites. Attempts to change and revitalize organizations, their performance and cultures fall flat. The high-performing dream research teams we aspired to establish and lead remain a collection of individuals. Peers reject our manuscripts, grant applications and promotion requests.

Such failures are almost consistently difficult to deal with, yet are a very real and unavoidable aspect of the academy – they have an impact on both our practical work and our identities...
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