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Academic-Practitioner Relationships
Developments, Complexities and Opportunities

ISBN 9780367875008
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

While executives are keen to harness organizational knowledge and improve business performance, the topic of how academics can produce rigorous and relevant theory in working relationships with practitioners is a much contested topic. Many aspects of this knowledge co-creation can create tensions, and the ways in which research is conducted and published can affect practitioner acceptance, as well as its consequent uptake and use in different contexts.

Expertly compiled by Jean Bartunek and Jane McKenzie, with contributions from global thinkers in the field, this book offers a concise and up-to-date review of the essential analysis and action underlying scholarly engagement with the world of business. It discusses the sorts of capabilities academics need to collaborate effectively with practitioners and illustrates good practice through international case studies drawn from acknowledged centres of excellence. These show how to negotiate different constituencies with different priorities, values, and practices to work together to produce research of rigor and relevance.

It will be a key reference and resource for all researchers who are engaged with practitioners, and an invaluable tool for training academics to develop research with impact.

Table of Contents

1. Reviewing the State of Academic Practitioner Relationships (Jean Bartunek & Jane McKenzie)

Section 1: Conceptual Challenges

2. Knowledge and Practice: A Historical Perspective on Collaborative Management Research (Abraham B (Rami) Shani, Ramkrishnan (Ram) V. Tenkasi & Benjamin N. Alexander)

3. Insight and Reflection as Key to Collaborative Engagement (David Coghlan)

4. Who do We Identify With? Ontological and Epistemological Challenges of Spanning Different Domains of Academic-Practitioner Praxis (Richard Nielsen)

5. Connecting—Making Social Science Matter: The Collaborative and Boundary-Spanning Work of Intellectual Shamans (Sandra Waddock)

6. Narrative Foundations for Theorizing about Academic-Practitioner Relationships (Jean Bartunek & Sara Rynes)

Section 2: Developing Capabilities

7. Developing Capabilities of Engaged Scholarship (Andrew Van de Ven)

8. Practices for Leveraging the Paradoxes of Engaged Scholarship (Paula Jarzabkowski, Wendy Smith & Marianne Lewis)

9. Is There Anybody in There? Reconceptualizing "Action" in Action Research (Donald MacLean & Robert MacIntosh)

10. Learning the Craft: Developing Apprentice Scholars with the Capacity to Integrate Theory and Practice (Claire Collins & Richard McBain)

11. The Capacity for Phronesis: Building Confidence through Curiosity to Cultivate Conscience as Central to the Character of Impactful Scholarship (Elena Antonacopoulou)

Section 3: Becoming and Being at Home in Both Worlds

12. My Liminal Life: Perpetual Journeys Across the Research-Practice Divide (Laura Empson)

13. Partnering to Advance Sustainable Effectiveness at the Center for Effective Organizations (Sue Mohrman)

14. Mind the Transformation Gap: Knowledge Exchange, Interests and Identity in Research-Practice Collaboration (Ralph Hamann & Kristy Faccer)

15. How to Develop Scholar-Practitioner Interactions: Lessons from Management Concepts Developed through Collaboration Between Research and Practice (Guillaume Carton & Stephanie Dameron)

16. Making Values Matter: An Academic and Private Sector Collaboration (Todd Landman, Steve Glowinkowski & Kali Demes)

17. Sustaining the Interaction: The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (Jane McKenzie & Christine van Winkelen)

18. Applied R&D in HR: Google's People Innovation Lab (Jennifer Kurkoski)

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Jean M Bartunek is the Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair and Professor of Management and Organization at Boston College, USA. 

Jane McKenzie is Professor of Management Knowledge and Learning at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK.


"This book represents a significant contribution to the growing interest from both academics and practitioners alike in developing collaborative academic-practitioner partnerships that can yield dual benefits of rigorous research with internationally excellent publications, and strong organizational impact. This book also represents a departure from others in the area with its focus on developing how we think about academic-practitioner partnerships and the skills and capabilities to carry them out, providing a set of stimulating examples involving creative ways of collaborating that lead to successful partnerships. Both academics and practitioners who are either engaging, or considering engaging, in collaborations can gain a lot from this book." Julia Balogun, Dean, University of Liverpool Management School, UK