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
Table of Contents
Chapter 1- Reviewing the State of Academic Practitioner Relationships
Jean Bartunek and Jane McKenzie
SECTION 1- CONCEPTUAL CHALLENGES
Introduction to Section 1
Chapter 2- Knowledge and Practice: A Historical Perspective on Collaborative Management Research
Abraham B (Rami) Shani, Ramkrishnan (Ram) V. Tenkasi & Benjamin N. Alexander
Chapter 3- Insight and Reflection as Key to Collaborative Engagement
Chapter 4-Who do We Identify With? Ontological and Epistemological Challenges of Spanning Different Domains of Academic-Practitioner Praxis.
Chapter 5- Connecting—Making Social Science Matter: The Collaborative and Boundary-Spanning Work of Intellectual Shamans
Chapter 6- Narrative Foundations for Theorizing about Academic-Practitioner Relationships
Jean Bartunek and Sara Rynes
SECTION 2- DEVELOPING CAPABILITIES
Introduction to Section 2
Chapter 7- Developing Capabilities of Engaged Scholarship
Andrew Van de Ven
Chapter 8- Practices for Leveraging the Paradoxes of Engaged Scholarship
Paula Jarzabkowski, Wendy Smith and Marianne Lewis
Chapter 9- Is There Anybody in There? Reconceptualizing "Action" in Action Research
Donald MacLean and Robert MacIntosh
Chapter 10- Learning the Craft: Developing Apprentice Scholars with the Capacity to Integrate Theory and Practice
Claire Collins and Richard McBain
Chapter 11- The Capacity for Phronesis: Building Confidence through Curiosity to Cultivate Conscience as Central to the Character of Impactful Scholarship
SECTION 3- BECOMING AND BEING AT HOME IN BOTH WORLDS
Introduction to Section 3
Chapter 12- My Liminal Life: Perpetual Jour
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.
Professor Julia Balogun, Director University of Liverpool Management School, UK.