oa Alternation - Academic research and management practice: is the relevance gap closing?

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Over the last decade, there has been much debate in academic research circles bemoaning the fact that management practitioners are not using the academic research being produced in universities. These debates have focused on the research rigour and relevance debate and on the need for new forms of social organisation for the production of management knowledge encapsulating concerns about the structure of business schools, the nature of management education and the conduct of research. Yet, despite this debate and the clamour for increased relevance, the amount of funding that academics are attracting directly from business is continuing to decline. The purpose of this paper is to stimulate debate on these issues.

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