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David McGuire

Keynote: The search for compatibility – lessons from the Research Collaborative Process in the field of Human Resource Development

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Too often, the research process is considered as a solo endeavour with limited consideration given to the growing importance of research collaborations. With pressures arising from the tenure process (US) and REF exercise (UK), many researchers are looking to adopt a strategic approach to working collaboratively. The growing use of metrics (journal rankings, journal citation index, h-index) combined with very high journal rejection rates is changing the landscape through which research is conceptualised, developed and produced. This is also indicative of broader marketisation, consumerism and accountability trends affecting how research is structured and prioritised within higher education institutions. In this milieu, research collaborations have offered opportunities for researchers to attain career goals and build research identities while satisfying the instrumental goals and targets of the institutions where they work. This paper draws upon interviews with experienced researchers who are members of UFHRD and AHRD. It considers the HRD research collaborative process around the themes of collaboration norms, rationale and motivations to engage in collaboration, collaborative influences and the management of conflict.


Dr David McGuire is a Assistant Head of Department and Reader at Glasgow Caledonian University. To date, he has published two textbooks and over 30 journal articles in journals including European Journal of Training and Development, Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development Review and Human Resource Development Quarterly. David serves as Associate Editor of Advances in Developing Human Resources and also sits on the Editorial Boards of three leading HRD journals (Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly and European Journal of Training and Development). He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious research awards including Scottish Crucible award, Fulbright Scholar award, Government of Ireland scholarship and a number of Emerald Literati awards. He has worked at a number of Scottish Universities including Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University. He has significant experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of HRD, managing diversity and leadership.

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