Debating the Future of Management Research

18 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2013

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Julian Birkinshaw

London Business School

Mark P. Healey

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

Roy Suddaby

Peter B Gustavson School of Business

Klaus Weber

Northwestern University

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

The Editors of JMS invited four leading scholars in research on management and organizations to have an open discussion on the current state and future prospects of management research. Our four contributors discuss, among other things, the growing influence of economics, psychology, and sociology on current management research, and the danger of an increasingly fetishistic and formulaic approach to management research that they believe may lead to stale and narrow contributions. Such an approach carries a risk in the long run of seriously dampening the intellectual vigour and impact of management research. Our contributors conclude their discussion with a number of recommendations for management researchers. These recommendations include asking bigger, better, and more challenging questions compared to the orthodoxy in our management research and engaging in modes of research that are not only intellectually challenging but that also have the potential of making a real impact on management practice.

Keywords: management practice, management research, methods, theory

Suggested Citation

Birkinshaw, Julian and Healey, Mark P. and Suddaby, Roy Robert and Weber, Klaus, Debating the Future of Management Research (January 2014). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 51, Issue 1, pp. 38-55, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2371502 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12061

Julian Birkinshaw (Contact Author)

London Business School ( email )

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Mark P. Healey

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS) ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
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Roy Robert Suddaby

Peter B Gustavson School of Business ( email )

Victoria, British Columbia
Canada
250-721-6401 (Phone)

Klaus Weber

Northwestern University ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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