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. ISSN 1537-260X

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Academy of Management Learning and Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400/1407
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 64720
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 May 2013 09:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 08:20
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/64720

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