Challenges and Controversies in Management Research explores the history and cultural context, current issues and controversies and potential development of research in the field of management. The collection of essays is written by scholars of international standing, and the chapters address the development of management research in one or another continent, the need for global collaboration, the current state of management research and the development of the business school setting in which that research takes place. Factors affecting management research are explored in detail, giving consideration to the relationship between teaching, ethical conduct, publication, quality audits, collegiality and research. Contributions in the book also explore the development and usefulness of theories in management research and consider the relevance of management research and its applicability for management practice, policy-makers and the voluntary sector. A final section of contributions explores the future challenges for management research including the realization of reflexivity, the enduring gender bias of the management field, the future of theory, the patterns of development of new areas of management research and the need to manage large databases.
1. Introduction: Key Debates, Challenges and Controversies in Management Research. Catherine Cassell and Bill Lee Section I: Positioning Management Research 2. Positioning Current UK Management Research. Richard Thorpe and Paul Ellwood 3. Business and Management Research in the UK from 1900 to 2009 and Beyond. Huw Morris 4. Management Research: A View From the Baltic. Asta Pundzienë 5. Comparative Research Epistemology and Methodology: Past, Present and Promising. Ralph Stablein and Joy Panoho 6. Global Research: Transcending Boundaries When Learning to Collaborate and Learning from Collaboration. Elena Antonacopolou Section II: The Institutional Context 7. Linking Management Research and Management Education: Syntheses and Challenges. Steven Armstrong and Cynthia Fukami 8. Managerialism and Management Research: Would Melville Dalton Get a Job Today? Emma Bell 9. Publishing Management Research. Rolf van Dick 10. Research Audits and Their Financial Consequences. Michael Rowlinson, John Hassard and Simon Mohun 11. (AC)Counting Research: The Value of a Holistic Understanding. Chris Humphrey and Kari Lukka Section III: Theoretical Issues 12. Current Theoretical Debates in Management Research: Epistemological Analysis in Strategic Management. Vadake Narayanan and Lee Zane 13. When Science and Philosophy Meet: One Explication of the Relationship between Evidence and Theory in Management Research. Mark Learmonth 14. The Potential of Radical Research: Marxism, Labour Process Theory and Critical Management Studies. John Hassard, and Michael Rowlinson Section IV: Impact, Relevance and Practice 15. The Management Researcher as Practitioner – Issues From the Interface. Mark Saunders 16. Seeking Relevance in Management Research. Robin Wensley 17. Using Management Research to Influence Policymakers. David Heald 18. Working with the Voluntary Sector. Jenny Harrow and Karl Wilding 19. Advancing Practice-Relevant Scholarship. Elena Antonacopoulou Section V: Challenges for the Future 20. Handling Large Datasets. Wissam Abdallah and Marc Goergen 21. Challenging the Gendered Nature of Management Research. Adelina Broadbridge and Sandra Fielden 22. Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE): An Analysis of Publications and Implications for the Development of the Field. Mirela Xheneti and Robert Blackburn 23. Theorising after the Postmodern. David Boje 24. Why Complicate A Done Deal? Bringing Reflexivity into Management Research . Ann Cunliffe
'This text provides an invaluable discussion of key issues in management research. It takes the reader from an overview of the nature of the subject through to a discussion of key themes in an interesting and engaging manner. It provides insights for lecturers, postgraduate and research students into the nature of management research and its application' John McAuley (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
'This book provides comprehensive consideration of current challenges in management research and the forces that shape the field. An impressive array of leading academics provide insight into important debates in management research' Joanne Duberley (Birmingham University, UK)