Myopic rhetorics: reflecting epistemologically and ethically on the demand for relevance in organizational and management research

Knights, David (2008). Myopic rhetorics: reflecting epistemologically and ethically on the demand for relevance in organizational and management research. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 7(4) pp. 537–552.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5465/AMLE.2008.35882194

Abstract

I examine the relevance debate in organizational/management research and teaching asa disciplinary rhetoric that should be treated with a degree of caution if not skepticism. For enslavement to relevance is in danger of reducing our independence as academics—something that, from my experience of working with a consortium of practitioners, I knowthat management values. Here, however, I do not suggest resisting relationships withmanagement. On the contrary, I endorse them as a way of developing productive, ethicalresearch and learning; building sources of access for research; and enhancing teaching. Also, such relationships can supplement existing research-funding resources, although itis still necessary to retain some epistemological distance from management practicewhile engaging with it as an ethical project.

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  • 38032
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1944-9585
  • Keywords
  • business education; executives; training of executives; core competencies; universities & colleges; curricula; business schools
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
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  • © 2008 Academy of Management Learning & Education
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  • Jackie Fry

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