Has management studies lost its way? Ideas for more imaginative and innovative research – Alvesson – gap-spotting versus a path-(up)setting scholarship mode

See on Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university

Despite the huge increase in the number of management articles published during the three last decades, there is a serious shortage of high-impact research in management studies. We contend that a primary reason behind this paradoxical shortage is the near total dominance of incremental gap-spotting research in management. This domination is even more paradoxical as it is well known that gap-spotting rarely leads to influential theories.


“In enabling such a shift, governments need to broaden their criteria for evaluating academic research performance; not only using the number of published articles in A-listed journals but also citation counts as well as take into account other publication outlets such as books and book chapters. Universities and business schools need to revise their policies for hiring, tenure and promotion in accordance with the proposed changes
in governments’ evaluation practices. “


Source: Has management studies lost its way? Ideas for more imaginative and innovative research

Mats Alvesson,Jörgen Sandberg

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01070.x

Journal of Management Studies

Accepted Article

See on onlinelibrary.wiley.com


About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

RSS Business School News

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
Locations of Site Visitors
%d bloggers like this: