The Value of Research and its Evaluation in Business Schools: Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg?
Journal of Management Inquiry, November 2011
7 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2012
Date Written: November 21, 2011
Critics have characterized academic research as being of little practical or commercial value. Such criticism of scholarly research, as opposed to applied research, resonates with detractors who do not appreciate the evolving role of business schools in providing foundational research. The authors contend that scholarly research helps develop knowledge in fields such as strategic management, enhances the value of later applied research, and provides content for courses. Not all research is of high quality, however, so the evaluation of research is critical. The authors examine several considerations for evaluation, such as journal rankings, interdisciplinary evaluation, and breadth of approach.
Keywords: academic research, knowledge development, research evaluation
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