EIGHTEENHow Business Schools Shape (Misshape)Management Research


BUSINESS SCHOOLS (BSs) are the professional home of most management researchers. Consequently, they can have an enormous effect on the conduct and output of faculty research and, ultimately, on whether it is useful for theory and practice. Recently there has been considerable criticism and debate about BSs’ mission, operation, and value to students, business firms, and larger society (e.g., Bennis & O’Toole, 2005; Khurana, 2007; Mintzberg, 2004; Pfeffer & Fong, 2002; Starkey & Tiratsoo, 2007). Concurrently, there have been spirited discussions about the relationship between management research and practice—whether management research should contribute to theory ...

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