Call to Action:
From the 2021 Responsible Research Roundtable
to Knowledge Co-Creation for Societal Progress
The 2021 Responsible Research Roundtable (2021 RRR) focused on “Knowledge co-creation in Business Research for Societal Progress” and was virtually co-hosted by Imperial College Business School and Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM). Eighty-four academics and 64 leaders in business, government, and NGOs came together to develop a shared understanding and a joint commitment for a systemic move toward business knowledge co-production by academia and its stakeholders for the betterment of society.
The wide-ranging dialogue addressed three objectives:
- Identifying the benefits and challenges of engaged research (Why?)
- Generating demand-led research (What?)
- Solving wicked problems through knowledge co-creation (How?)
Discussions of ‘Why’ helped to clarify and align motivations as we moved into action oriented ‘What’ and ‘How’ sessions. During the Roundtable, more than 200 action-oriented ideas focusing on the ‘What’ and ‘How’ of demand-driven research were captured. We are now reaching back to all participants and the broader RRBM community to move these ideas into action. This requires answering the critical ‘Who’ question and we hope that ‘Who’ will include you and your colleagues.
This is a call to individual and collective action.
To support action, this report provides a summary of ideas shared at the 2021 roundtable, including highlights from the discussions of:
- ‘How’ to solve wicked problems through knowledge co-creation, including six clusters of process ideas and three clusters of structural ideas.