1st Edition

Delivering Impact in Management Research When Does it Really Happen?

    124 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    124 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Impact is of increasing importance to all researchers, given its growing centrality to those who fund, assess and use research around the world. Delivering Impact in Management Research sets out a detailed and nuanced analysis of how research impact is best delivered in practice. Starting with a rich conceptualisation, the authors move on to discuss models through which meaningful impact is framed and delivered. The book explains processes, skills and approaches to impact, along with examples and insights into potential pitfalls and solutions.

    Examples are drawn from around the world and systems such as the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) are discussed as part of a key contribution to primary debates globally. A significant contribution to the long-standing discussion about relevance in business, management and organisation studies research, this concise book is essential reading for scholars and university administrators seeking to advance their understanding of delivering and demonstrating world-class research that matters.

    1. Conceptualising Impactful Management Research

    2. Delivering Impact in Management Research: How relationships foster impactful outcomes

    3. Conceptualising Impact as Theory in Use

    4. A Model of Dialogue for Co-Production of Practice-Oriented Learning and Impact 

    5. Ethics of Impact

    6. Nurturing the Capacity to Create Impact


    Robert MacIntosh is the chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the head of the School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, UK.

    Katy Mason is the chair of the British Academy of Management and a professor of Markets and Management at Lancaster University Management School, UK, where she is also an associate dean for Research.

    Nic Beech is a vice-chancellor of Middlesex University having previously been a vice-principal of the University of St Andrews and the provost of the University of Dundee, UK.

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

    "A joy to read … timely, imperative, and reflexive accounts of both the current situation of scholarly impact, and what the future of impact could look like." Emily Yarrow, Academy of Management Learning & Education


    "With the rapidly changing world of work, there has never been a greater need to bring research and evidence in to practice. Finding the best ways to connect academia and practitioners greatly benefits both sides and this book clearly sets out the ways to accomplish this. Greatly recommended reading for all." Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD, UK


    "Useful management research impacts the how, what and why of organizations. How refines current practice. What creates new practices. Why interjects fresh purpose and new aspirations. This book shows ways to ask, answer, and indeed unsettle these fundamental questions." Denise M. Rousseau, H.J.Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA


    "In the domain of management and business, the need for impactful research is stronger than ever. This book shows how management researchers can have a profound effect on the working lives and wellbeing of employees, organizations, and the society at large. Focusing on a broader notion of impact, the authors take us beyond simplistic citations metrics." Eric Barends, Managing Director, Center for Evidence-Based Management, Netherlands