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Complexity of Stakeholder Interaction in Applied Research

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dc.contributor.author Pade-Khene, Caroline
dc.contributor.author Luton, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Jordaan, Tarina
dc.contributor.author Hildbrand, Sandra
dc.contributor.author Proches, Cecile Gerwel
dc.contributor.author Sitshaluza, Andile
dc.contributor.author Dominy, James
dc.contributor.author Ntshinga, Wonga
dc.contributor.author Moloto, Nosipho
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-20T16:31:22Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-20T16:31:22Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8852
dc.description.abstract "Applied research in complex integrated settings should be recognized as an endeavor that requires transdisciplinary and multisectoral stakeholder interactions. The problems faced in society are quite complex, requiring participation and knowledge from diverse aspects of society, including different disciplines (academia), communities, civil society, and government. Successful applied research relies on nurturing these key stakeholder relationships and interactions. This paper explores the key challenges of stakeholder interaction in applied research in three disciplines in the South African context, based on literature and the experience of authors in their disciplines. The three disciplines include information and communication technology for development, town and regional planning, and natural resource management. We attempt to also compare and contrast these challenges across the disciplines, to identify any commonalities and differences. After considering the mutual challenges and adaptive solutions to address these challenges in the different disciplines, we identify that all three areas in relation to stakeholder interaction appear to exhibit characteristics of complex systems, hence motivating to view applied research as a complex system. In this sense, complexity theory may provide a common language between the different disciplines examining transdisciplinary stakeholder interaction in applied research from a shared perspective." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject natural resources en_US
dc.subject stakeholders en_US
dc.title Complexity of Stakeholder Interaction in Applied Research en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 18 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US

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