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Useful Research
Advancing Theory and Practice
By (author): Susan Albers Mohrman By (author): Edward E. Lawler
9781605096001 Hardcover English General Trade BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Operations Research Apr 04, 2011
$49.95 CAD
Active 6.38 x 9.56 x 1.06 in 448 pages Berrett-Koehler Publishers
For decades there has been an ongoing, at times heated, debate over how relevant to real-world concerns organizational research should be. The contributors to this book deviate from the orthodoxy of traditional positivistic research, arguing that the true test of whether knowledge is useful to practice is not whether it is rigorous but whether it is rigorous and results in improved organizational effectiveness.

The contributors were selected for their demonstrated ability to conduct useful research and their distinguished academic careers. Part I features researchers who describe the choices they make and the tactics they employ to ensure that their work advances both theory and practice. In part II, five highly respected researchers reflect on how they were able to have a broad impact on practice and still maintain academic rigor. Part III describes pathways to bring academic knowledge to practice—working with consultancies, executive PhD programs, OD specialists, and professional associations, as well as framing academic concepts in ways that are attention grabbing, memorable, and credible to practitioners. Part IV looks at the prospects for doing useful research in traditional academic settings like business schools and publishing it in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, Part V sums up the themes of the book and the challenges and opportunities facing researchers who aspire to do research that advances both theory and practice.

Susan Albers Mohrman is a senior research scientist at the University of Southern California’s Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business. She directs the organization design program at CEO.

Edward E. Lawler III is Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and founder and director of the university’s Center for Effective Organizations. BusinessWeek proclaimed him one of the top six gurus in the field of management.

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