Towards Common Ground and Trading Zones in Management Research and Practice

16 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2015

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A. Georges L. Romme

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)

Marie‐José Avenier

Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci - Business Lab

David Denyer

Cranfield University - Advanced Management Research Centre (AMRC)

Gerard Hodgkinson

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Krsto Pandza

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business; University of Leeds - Division of Management

K. Starkey

Nottingham University Business School

Nicolay Worren

BI Norwegian Business School

Date Written: July 2015

Abstract

The purpose and nature of management scholarship is contested, evidenced by debates about the ‘academic–practitioner divide’ and attendant remedies for addressing it, including mode 2 and mode 3 research, engaged scholarship, evidence‐based management and design science. In this paper the authors argue that, without a culture of dialogical encounter, management scholarship will never be able to emerge from its adolescence, and management will not develop into the profession that it should and can become. The central proposition is that the highly fragmented landscape of management (practice and scholarship) lacks sufficient capability for dialogue among the plurality of actors situated across that landscape. Developing the dialogical capability ultimately required to break this fundamental impasse demands, first, a shared sense of purpose and responsibility (akin to the Hippocratic Oath in medicine) and, second, institutional entrepreneurship to establish more and better ‘trading zones’. Drawing on the philosophy of pragmatism, the authors further this endeavour by identifying and proposing key elements of a statement of shared purpose and responsibility. Finally, they explore the nature and characteristics of successful trading zones, highlighting particular examples that have already been created in management studies.

Suggested Citation

Romme, A. Georges L. and Avenier, Marie‐José and Denyer, David and Hodgkinson, Gerard and Pandza, Krsto and Starkey, Kenneth and Worren, Nicolay, Towards Common Ground and Trading Zones in Management Research and Practice (July 2015). British Journal of Management, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 544-559, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2630835 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12110

A. Georges L. Romme (Contact Author)

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)

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Eindhoven, 5600 MB
Netherlands

Marie‐José Avenier

Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci - Business Lab

Italy

David Denyer

Cranfield University - Advanced Management Research Centre (AMRC) ( email )

Cranfield MK43 OA1
United Kingdom

Gerard Hodgkinson

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Krsto Pandza

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

University of Leeds - Division of Management ( email )

United Kingdom

Kenneth Starkey

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

Nicolay Worren

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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Oslo, 0442
Norway

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