Knowledge Leadership: Mobilising Management Research by Becoming the Knowledge Object

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Michael Fischer

University of Melbourne; University of Oxford - Said Business School

Sue Dopson

University of Oxford; University of Oxford - Said Business School

Louise Fitzgerald

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Chris Bennett

King's College London

Ewan Ferlie

King’s College London - King's Business School

Jean Ledger

King's College London

Gerry McGivern

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Date Written: December 13, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Michael and Dopson, Sue and Fitzgerald, Louise and Bennett, Chris and Ferlie, Ewan and Ledger, Jean and McGivern, Gerry, Knowledge Leadership: Mobilising Management Research by Becoming the Knowledge Object (December 13, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2705765 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2705765

Michael Fischer (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

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Australia

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University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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Sue Dopson

University of Oxford ( email )

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PG
United Kingdom

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Louise Fitzgerald

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Chris Bennett

King's College London ( email )

Strand
London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

Ewan Ferlie

King’s College London - King's Business School ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Jean Ledger

King's College London ( email )

Gerry McGivern

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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