EBR 30,2 EBR special issue on: Journal rankings and the notion of “relevance” within business research Imagine two very different situations – one, where research aims at mirroring practices as it is, and second, where research is aiming at doing research for its own sake. How would research be in those situations? And what would the contribution to society and business look like? We will elaborate on these questions in this editorial. Two extremes of how to do research The two extreme situations outlined in Figure 1 are pure forms seldom found in reality. However, they demonstrate the tendencies which put academia under pressure. On one side, the claim has been that business schools are said to have lost their way and have become too detached from practice, and on the other side, that publishing in highly ranked journals is way forward. Barefoot empirism If research aimed at mirroring practices it would be very important to know precisely what is going on in practice. The newest trends should be found and described. Latest strategies, twists in tactics and operational gimmicks should be displayed at an ongoing basis. Presenting openly and swiftly how practice functions is pivotal. The research output
European Business Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 12, 2018
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