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Useful Research by Ed Lawler, Susan Albers Mohrman

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EIGHTMaking a Difference and Contributing Useful KnowledgePrinciples Derived from Life As a Scholar-Practitioner*

MICHAEL BEER

MY LIFELONG WORK as a scholar-practitioner has made a difference in the life of organizations and individuals; in a few cases, it has had a dramatic impact. Organizations and managers developed and became more effective, and the quality of work life improved. At the same time, I think I can claim that my work has had an impact on knowledge useful for theory and practice.

In this chapter, I articulate principles for developing knowledge that is relevant or actionable or both. I glean these from an examination of more than 40 years of work as a researcher and consultant, often occupying both roles at the same time. These ...

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