1st Edition

Academic-Practitioner Relationships
Developments, Complexities and Opportunities

ISBN 9780367875008
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $49.95

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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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1- Reviewing the State of Academic Practitioner Relationships

Jean Bartunek and Jane McKenzie


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

David Coghlan

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

Richard Nielsen

Chapter 5- Connecting—Making Social Science Matter: The Collaborative and Boundary-Spanning Work of Intellectual Shamans

Sandra Waddock

Chapter 6- Narrative Foundations for Theorizing about Academic-Practitioner Relationships

Jean Bartunek and Sara Rynes


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

Elena Antonacopoulou


Introduction to Section 3

Chapter 12- My Liminal Life: Perpetual Jour

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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.

Professor Julia Balogun, Director University of Liverpool Management School, UK.