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My liminal life: Perpetual journeys across the research-practice divide

Empson, L. (2017). My liminal life: Perpetual journeys across the research-practice divide. In: Bartunek, J. & McKenzie, J. (Eds.), Academic–Practitioner Relationships: Developments, Complexities and Opportunities. (pp. 200-216). UK: Routledge.


I develop the theme of liminality to interpret my ongoing journeys across the researchpractice divide. My intention is to encourage you to make that journey and to help you avoid the mistakes I have made. I chronicle the creation and evolution of my research centre, the Centre for Professional Service Firms at Cass Business School. I analyse the serious difficulties associated with engaging with practitioners in the current academic environment and explain how the Centre has achieved considerable success in spite of these difficulties. I go on to describe the insights and experiences I have gained from my most powerful experience of impact to date. I conclude by outlining the personal rules I now attempt to live by when engaging with practitioners, to help other academics minimise the difficulties and maximise the opportunities that will arise through these interactions.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Academic–Practitioner Relationships: Developments, Complexities and Opportunities on 6 July 2017, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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