International Academic Collaboration Between Higher Education Institutions

Projekttitel International Academic Collaboration Between Higher Education Institutions
Projekttype Anvendt forskning og udvikling
Frascati Ja
Tema Business | Kommunikation | Undervisning
Teaser Pilot Testing of Qualitative Research Methodology and NVivo in the Field of International Academic Collaboration Between HEIs
Status Igangværende
- Akademi IBA Erhvervsakademi Kolding
- Kontaktperson Peter Waring Lei
Nat./Int. Internationalt
Projektperiode 02. januar 2015 - 01. december 2022
- Projektresumé

The proposed study has the potential of enhancing successful higher education (HE) management and decision-making processes by increased awareness of international academic collaboration (IAC) influences, thus acting as an “aide-memoir” of issues to HE management. The purpose of this pilot study is to test the appropriateness of research questions, methodology, methods, and techniques applied. Concepts and themes emerging should form the basis for future research of the IAC phenomenon. The paper provides a critical evaluation of the research paradigmatic stance. Justification of methodology and measures of trustworthiness, such as transparency in the research process, decisions, and procedures, provided using reflective research workbook unfolding procedures and decisions in the research process. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews among participants selected on basis of their affiliation with HE different organisational levels. Theoretical framework and key concepts were identified through critical literature review. Data analysis was assisted using NVivo software. NVivo was used to code data and various cluster and pattern analysis. Initial coding and advanced coding were based on identified theoretical framework, reflective workbook memos transcripts, and node properties and transcripts of participant interviews. Concepts and themes emerging from the data analysis were further interpreted using analysis of narrative and classified into meta-categories, e.g., higher order nodes. A conceptual model of successful IAC was identified and reported in the conclusion part, reflecting back upon the research questions including an evaluation of data saturation and the limited scope of the pilot study.

- Baggrund og formål

The overall aim of the proposed paper is to develop a conceptual framework for evaluating international academic collaboration (IAC) and to identify a conceptual model for successful IAC within a UK-DK context.
Ideally, the conceptual framework would contribute to successful management and increased internationalisation of higher education (HE).
The paper provides a critical evaluation of philosophical, epistemological, and ontological considerations including ethical considerations. Transparency in the research process, decisions, and procedures is provided through a comprehensive reflective diary by describing the foundations of the analytical process, the reasoning, and a continuing critical discussion.
A comprehensive reflective research workbook was acting as a research memo. It helped delivering transparency in the research process in terms of philosophical and methodological stance, data collection process, coding and analysis of data, interpretation of data, identification of emerging concepts, and synthesis. The reflective research workbook was entered into NVivo as an external source.
The paper will explain findings with reference to published literature and the applied research framework. Findings reflected back to the research questions. Synthesis of research findings is reported and presented as a conceptual model of successful IAC.

- Aktiviteter og handling
- Projektets Metode

Qualitative data analysis by using NVivo software.

- Projektets Forventede Resultater
- Projektets Forventede Effekt
- Studerende
- Medarbejdere IBA Erhvervsakademi Kolding
Mahdokht Sedaghat
- Virksomhedsrepræsentanter
- Andre
- Resultatets formidling
- Resultaternes værdi
- Målgruppen
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