Impact and Management Research: Exploring Relationships between Temporality, Dialogue, Reflexivity and Praxis

11 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2017

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Robert MacIntosh

University of Glasgow - Department of Business and Management

Nic Beech

University of St. Andrews

Jean M. Bartunek

Boston College - Department of Organization Studies

Katy J. Mason

Lancaster University - Management School

Bill Cooke

University of York

David Denyer

Cranfield University - Advanced Management Research Centre (AMRC)

Date Written: January 2017

Abstract

This paper introduces the special issue focusing on impact. We present the four papers in the special issue and synthesize their key themes, including dialogue, reflexivity and praxis. In addition, we expand on understandings of impact by exploring how, when and for whom management research creates impact and we elaborate four ideal types of impact by articulating both the constituencies for whom impact occurs and the forms it might take. We identify temporality as critical to a more nuanced conceptualization of impact and suggest that some forms of impact are performative in nature. We conclude by suggesting that management as a discipline would benefit from widening the range of comparator disciplines to include disciplines such as art, education and nursing where practice, research and scholarship are more overtly interwoven.

Suggested Citation

MacIntosh, Robert and Beech, Nic and Bartunek, Jean M. and Mason, Katy J. and Cooke, Bill and Denyer, David, Impact and Management Research: Exploring Relationships between Temporality, Dialogue, Reflexivity and Praxis (January 2017). British Journal of Management, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 3-13, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2902957 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12207

Robert MacIntosh (Contact Author)

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Nic Beech

University of St. Andrews ( email )

North St
Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
United Kingdom

Jean M. Bartunek

Boston College - Department of Organization Studies ( email )

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States

Katy J. Mason

Lancaster University - Management School ( email )

Bailrigg
Lancaster, LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Bill Cooke

University of York ( email )

Heslington
University of York
York, YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

David Denyer

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

Cranfield MK43 OA1
United Kingdom

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