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Delivering impact via the ebb-and-flow of a research team: Reflection on a long-term program of research into a global societal challenge*
journal contributionposted on 2023-10-31, 19:51 authored by Rebecca BednarekRebecca Bednarek, Eugenia Cacciatori, Konstantinos Chalkias, Rhianna Gallagher Rodgers, Paula Jarzabkowski, Mustafa Kavas, Elisabeth Krull
In this paper, we draw insights from a 15-year qualitative research program exploring catastrophe insurance and gaps in insurance protection as risks escalate within a world impacted by a climate emergency. We suggest that the ebb-and-flow of our research team's composition and activities through time was inextricably linked with our ability to have a sustained impact on such a large-scale societal issue. The essay situates itself within the research impact and team literature, narrates the trajectory of our research program and team development, and develops a framework for effectively managing impact-oriented qualitative research teams over time. Our framework illustrates key aspects of this process including team (re)forming, building team and individual stickability, performing, and managing team flux. We also present 10 practical takeaways for how these aspects can be managed effectively to produce long-term impact work to address grand challenges.