From bench to bedside: The societal orientation of research leaders

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This paper answers five questions about the societal impact of research. Firstly,  the opinions of research group leaders about the increased emphasis on societal impact, i.e. does it influence their research agenda, communication with stakeholders, and knowledge dissemination to stakeholders? Furthermore, the quality of their societal output. The authors also study whether the societal and scholarly productivity of academic groups are positively or negatively related. In addition, they investigate which managerial and organisational factors (e.g. experience of the principal investigator, group size and funding) influence societal output. Finally, they show for one case (virology) that societal impact is also visible through indirect links. The study shows that research group leaders have a slightly positive attitude towards the increased emphasis on the societal impact of research. The study also indicates a wide variety of societal-oriented output. Furthermore, the societal and scientific productivity of academic groups are unrelated, suggesting that stimulating social relevance requires specific organisational and contextual interventions.



From bench to bedside: The societal orientation of research leaders: The case of biomedical and health research in the Netherlands

Science and Public Policy (2012) 39 (3): 285-303. doi: 10.1093/scipol/scr003

Inge van der Weijden1,

Maaike Verbree2,3 and

Peter van den Besselaar3,*

– Author Affiliations

1Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, CWTS, Wassenaarseweg 62-A, 2333 AL Leiden, The Netherlands, 2Department of Economics and Management, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Department of Economics and Management, Padualaan 101, 3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands and 3Department of Organization Science and Network Institute, VU University, Department of Organization Sciences, De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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