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Table 3 Archetype C

From: Balancing exploration and exploitation in transferring research into practice: a comparison of five knowledge translation entity archetypes

KT archetype and organizing logic Explorative dimension Exploitative dimension Strengths Leadership challenges
Archetype C Research governance maintained by academics who determine research questions and process. Exploitation supported by development of implementation skills, as organized by central management. Quick start to implementation process as not waiting for new research findings to be produced. Boundary between implementation and research themes, stymieing integration between their efforts.
Modular independence Highly autonomous exploration with no explicit need to accommodate new significant stakeholder groups. Existing external knowledge used, such as systematic reviews and other published accounts of research outputs. Autonomous research process attractive to highly qualified academics who are not needing to change their research practice; this increases likelihood of high impact generalizable findings. Low co-production of research topic risks knowledge outputs having low relevance to local stakeholders.
Exploratory focus maintains academic autonomy. No explicit link with in-house research process.
Increases absorptive capacity through acquired skills in identifying and appraising research evidence and reviews.