Knowledge Leadership: Mobilising Management Research by Becoming the Knowledge Object
33 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 13, 2015
This article explores contrasting forms of ‘knowledge leadership’ in mobilising management research into organizational practice. Drawing on a Foucauldian perspective on power-knowledge, we introduce three axes of power-knowledge relations, through which we analyse knowledge leadership practices. We present empirical case study data focused on ‘polar cases’ of managers engaged in mobilising management research in six research-intensive organizations in the UK healthcare sector. We find that knowledge leadership involves agentic practices through which managers strive to actively become the knowledge object – personally transposing, appropriating or contending management research. This article contributes to the literature by advancing the concept of knowledge leadership in the work of mobilising management research into organizational practice.
Keywords: knowledge leadership, knowledge mobilisation, management research, knowledge object, evidence-based management, healthcare management, knowledge-intensive firm, Foucault
JEL Classification: M10, M12, Q32
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