Having an impact? Academics, the music industries and the problem of knowledge

Williamson, J. , Cloonan, M. and Frith, S. (2011) Having an impact? Academics, the music industries and the problem of knowledge. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 17(5), pp. 459-474. (doi: 10.1080/10286632.2010.550682)

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This article reflects upon recent interest in knowledge transfer from higher education to the creative industries, using the UK music industries as a case study. It suggests that traditional academic values of impartiality and concern with research methodology can come in to conflict with instrumentalist agendas that see research as valuable only insofar as it fits with pre‐existing worldviews and policy ends. In this setting, knowledge resistance is often more significant than knowledge transfer and may be expected to frustrate any attempts to have an ‘impact’.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cloonan, Professor Martin and Williamson, Dr John
Authors: Williamson, J., Cloonan, M., and Frith, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:International Journal of Cultural Policy
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1477-2833
Published Online:08 April 2011

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