Impact and Management Research: Exploring relationships between temporality, dialogue, reflexivity and praxis

Robert MacIntosh, Nic Beech, Jean M. Bartunek, Katy Mason, Bill Cooke, David Denyer

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Abstract

This paper introduces the special issue focusing on Impact. We present the four papers in the special issue and synthesise 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3–13
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Volume28
Issue number1
Early online date19 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Impact
  • management research
  • organization
  • temporality
  • performativity

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