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Useful Research by Ed Lawler, Susan Albers Mohrman

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SIXTEENCommentaryObservations Concerning Pathways for Doing “Useful Research”

GARY P. LATHAM

THE SPECIFIC HIGH GOALS of the workshop on which this book is based were, in my opinion, threefold: (1) Determine whether there is consensus among the presenters and discussants as to whether the interrelated academic fields of human resource management (HRM), industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology, and organizational behavior (OB) are in serious trouble from the standpoint of widening the scientist-practitioner gap. (2) Identify the causes for the gap if the gap is getting larger rather than smaller. (3) Provide prescriptive solutions on ways to at least minimize, if not eliminate, the gap between these two groups.

The Problem

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