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16 June 2020 | Münster

After several weeks of exciting collaborative work "the boundary spanner's skill, knowledge, and experience assessment survey" is out. Spearheaded by the work package leader Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre (S2BMRC) of FH Münster and in close collaboration with the 9 consortium members drawn from 7 countries working across business, higher education, and civil society organization, the survey is now ready for distribution.

The survey is an integral part of the "Spanning Boundaries Development Program", an ambitious project funded through the European Commission's knowledge alliance scheme. It aims to boost sustainable socio-economic development of regions by developing boundary spanners who will break down barriers between academia and external stakeholders to initiate, facilitate, and engage in collaboration for the diffusion, cross-fertilization and utilization of ideas and practices across diverse physical, cognitive and cultural boundaries.

To this end, the study tries to systematically map and synthesize the knowledge, skills and experiences of individuals that are actively engaged in boundary spanning initiatives to inspire and equip prospective boundary spanners. The knowledge generated through this survey will be used in conjunction with the knowledge generated through a systematic review of the academic literature, grey literature and expert and practicing boundary spanners interviews, in order to develop a "boundary spanner development program" that will train a new generation of boundary spanners.

If you are an academic with an experience of being involved in any collaborative initiative or project that involves stakeholders from the industry and/or society, please join this exciting journey with us by participating in the survey. 



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