EARMA Conference Oslo


Co-creating strategies with research environments


Linda Ryan Bengtsson


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    Eamonn McCallion


EARMA Conference Oslo

Format: Fifteen-Minute Discussion Tables

Topic: Organising Support Services & Team Building

Session: BLUE2 - 15 Minute Discussion Tables - Organising Support Services & Team Building

Thursday 5 May 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (UTC)


Today research environments/groups need a defined strategy to be successful. Research groups and environments therefore explicitly ask for aid and guidance in their strategic work. However, so far, we lack guidelines and processes on how to support strategic development. By working with different research groups we have explored a co-creative process to facilitate a research environment's strategic work. It consists of several different segments to advance the process. Each is specifically curated to meet the environment's specific needs. Central is to initially aid the environment's participants in identifying their core values and aims. We then re-connect to these values throughout the process. By collaborating the environment then defines a strategy and what specific actions are needed to reach their aims. In this session, we share our conclusions from working closely with research environments to define strategic plans and implementation through co-creation. It becomes evident that identifying core values defines how a strategy is formed and executed. We suggest that facilitating co-creative processes enables refined strategies and action plans anchored within a research environment.