Getting Too Close to the Fire: The Challenge of Engaging Stories and Saving Lives

12 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2011

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Robin Wensley

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Date Written: September 2011

Abstract

There is a long and troubled history in the relationship between management research and management practice. Much is often made of the negative impact in terms of management practice of the two so‐called foundation reports both published in 1959 in the USA. A re‐reading of these, however, suggests that the bigger issue is the conflation of analytical approaches with superior management performance. This remains a basis for researchers and practitioners to engage, but such engagement also requires a sense of critical distance and distinct identities between the two groups, which recognizes the differing nature of practice knowledge alongside research‐based knowledge.

Suggested Citation

Wensley, Robin, Getting Too Close to the Fire: The Challenge of Engaging Stories and Saving Lives (September 2011). British Journal of Management, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 370-381, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1913077 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2011.00767.x

Robin Wensley (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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