'It's Difficult to Innovate': The Death of the Tenured Professor and the Birth of the Knowledge Entrepreneur

Posted: 1 Dec 2009

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Hamid Bouchikhi

ESSEC Business School

John Kimberly

University of Pennsylvania - Management Department

Date Written: 2001


It is widely recognized that corporations need to beinnovative in order to survive and this need has supported a "mini-industry" of management research and consulting on the topic ofinnovation. However, because the fields of management research and businesseducation have themselves become rigid and lost their ability to innovate, their survival is also in danger. The more management research accepts the methods of scientific investigationas well as the insitutional trappings of scholarship, such as the peer review process and the concern over publication in highest rated journals, the less flexible and open to innovation it becomes. Instead, a better future would be created by an environment in which professors are replaced by knowledge entrepreneurs and institutions become knowledge venture capitalists. These entrepreneurs would be consultants from prestigious firms or practicing managers with a variety of employment contracts with a variety of corporate and educational institutions. The tenure relationship should be replaced with contracts based on negotiated project and review criteria. Doctoral programs should emphasize contributions as opposed to standard research techniques andquestions. (LMH)

Keywords: Knowledge entrepreneurs, Scholarly publishing, Management education, Business education, Employment policies, Tenure, Colleges & universities, Academic research, Educational policies, Faculty

Suggested Citation

Bouchikhi, Hamid and Kimberly, John, 'It's Difficult to Innovate': The Death of the Tenured Professor and the Birth of the Knowledge Entrepreneur (2001). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1513113

Hamid Bouchikhi (Contact Author)

ESSEC Business School ( email )

3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
CS 50105 CERGY

John Kimberly

University of Pennsylvania - Management Department ( email )

The Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6370
United States

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