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Table 4 Archetype D

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 D Governance of research process shared between academics and service providers. Exploitation supported high levels of trust that facilitate emergent connections between research and implementation. Low levels of inertia to overcome at early stages, as individuals already have connections and goodwill ties. Cliques and silos can arise from unconnected groups within network as no designated brokers are accountable or assigned.
Building on existing networks Academics and service providers involved in research process; existing relationships form the basis for the collaboration, relinquishing some academic autonomy. Efforts to balance research and implementation goals in the early phases are assisted by existing structures and informal mechanism rather than central management. High levels of possible integration and tailoring of research projects with local provider needs. Informal governance is difficult to hold to account.
Research questions heavily influenced by local provider concerns. Absorptive capacity enabled by increased practitioner involvement in research. Strengthening existing ties enables solid basis for legacy to remain once funding for overall initiative ceases. Difficult to extend the network beyond certain size when working more informally as this is not centrally managed and more ad hoc; ICTs can help facilitate this.