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'Beasts, burrowers and birds': The enactment of researcher identities in UK business schools

Bell, Emma and Clarke, D. W. (2014). 'Beasts, burrowers and birds': The enactment of researcher identities in UK business schools. Management Learning, 45(3) pp. 249–266.

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Abstract

In this article, we suggest that management research constitutes a field of practice that is made practically intelligible through embodied enactment. This relies on imagination, constructing modes of belonging within communities of management research practice. Undergraduate students constitute a significant audience towards whom these self-presentational performances are directed. Our analysis is based on findings from four UK business schools where students participated in a free drawing and focus group exercise and were asked to visualize a management researcher. Through identification of three dominant animal metaphors of management research practice, we explore the symbolic relations whereby a prevailing image of the management researcher, as untouchable, solitary, aggressive, competitive and careerist, is socially constructed. We argue that this competitive, self-interested impression of research is detrimental to ethical, critically reflexive, reciprocal and participatory modes of research, and to the development of management research as a broadly inclusive system of social learning.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1350-5076
Keywords: Knowledge production; metaphor; research practice; symbolism; undergraduate students; visual analysis
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 48606
Depositing User: Emma Bell
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 04:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48606
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