The Construction and Contributions of "Implications for Practice": What's in Them and What Might They Offer?
Academy of Management Learning & Education
In this article, the authors examine the construction of contributions of management research to practice and practitioners. The idea that theory and research might be useful for improving management practice was a fundamental conclusion of two influential reports that sought to improve the professionalism of business schools in the 1950s. The authors gathered IFP sections from five management-related journals: Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology. These were selected because they are all high-quality academic journals that focus, at least in part, on operational and behavioral issues that are confronted by most organizational managers. Although many academics would like to have a stronger impact on practice, there is considerable confusion (and even disagreement) about the extent to which this goal can, or should, be advanced by way of IFP sections.
Published Article/Book Citation
Academy of Management Learning & Education, 9:1 (2010) pp.100