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Transdisciplinarity within the academic engineering literature

Lattanzio, S., Carey, E., Hultin, A., Asrai, R. Imani, McManus, M., Mogles, N., Parry, G. and Newnes, L.B. (2020) Transdisciplinarity within the academic engineering literature International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 13 (2). pp. 213-232.

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Despite increased discourse around transdisciplinary (TD) research, there is a perception it has received less attention within engineering. This is significant if, as generally accepted, TD increases the societal value of research. This paper benchmarks TD engineering research against the broader TD literature, addressing the question: How do the characteristics of the academic engineering TD literature compare to the TD academic literature in general? We analyse the chronology, source journals, and text of papers referencing TD within their abstract and compare this to papers that fall within the engineering subject area. The conclusions find that TD research is limited generally, and within engineering specifically. Historically, TD research focuses on sustainability challenges, a persistent trend within the general literature. Within engineering research, the focus of TD is wider and addresses operational and ‘grand challenge’ problems. TD remains poorly defined and future work should focus on clarifying meaning within the engineering discipline.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Lattanzio, S.
Carey, E.
Hultin, A.
Asrai, R. Imani
McManus, M.
Mogles, N.
Newnes, L.B.
Date : 26 June 2020
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
DOI : 10.1504/IJASM.2020.107922
Grant Title : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Grant
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2020 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
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Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 02 Jul 2020 10:19
Last Modified : 27 Dec 2020 02:08

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