Developing researching managers and relevant research; the ‘executive research programme’

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Abstract:The current paper argues for bridging the ‘relevance gap’ in management research and education by creating educational programmes that bring together experienced managers and management researchers. In the ‘Executive Research Programme’ discussed in this paper, managers were paired up with researchers to conduct a collaborative research project that resulted in a paper presented at an academic conference. The collaborative process was supported by 20 course days on topics such as the philosophy of science, methodology and overviews over the core disciplines of management science. This paper presents the programme and discusses experiences of the involved researchers and managers. The results suggest that programmes of this kind may provide a liminal space for managers and researchers where new and relevant knowledge is developed.

The authors: “Taken together, the ERP, beyond having produced a number of interesting research projects, also contributes to building sustainable bridges between theory and practice. The managers have developed into theoretically and methodologically well-equipped practitioners and the researchers have elaborated their understanding of and networks in practice. We can see that relations between managers and researchers are sustained beyond the programme and several combinations of manager-researchers are involved in or planning follow-up projects. The participating managers have also widened their academic networks and continuously use academics as an input to their managerial activities.”



Developing researching managers and relevant research – the ‘executive research programme’Andreas Werra* & Lars Strannegårda Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 2013

DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2013.774140


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