Panel workshop: Relevance and impact of business studies - On having something to say (other than to reviewers)

16 March, 2018 - 09:00 to 15:30
Seminar Room Three, Level 6, UQ Brisbane City, 293 Queen Street, Brisbane

DATE: Friday, 16 March 2018
TIME: 9:00am – 3:30pm (Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea provided)
COST: Complimentary
VENUE: Seminar Room Three, Level 6, UQ Brisbane City, 293 Queen Street, Brisbane


Panel Members
Convenors: Professor Mats Alvesson and Professor Jorgen Sandberg
Panel Members: Professor Andrew Burton-Jones, Professor Mark Dodgson and Associate Professor Nicole Gillespie 

Given the enormous expansion of academic articles published over the last three decades within the management field, one would expect a relative increase in novel, relevant and impactful theories. However, many claim this is not the case. We need to rethink what we are doing as researchers and increase the value and relevance of our work. Research questions, ideas, publication forms, writing styles, and incentive systems need to be reconsidered.

The primary focus of the workshop is on how we can make our research more relevant, not only to academics but also to society more broadly. Specifically, the workshop will address the following issues:

  • What factors that underlie the (sad?) state of the art of management studies?
  • What can we as individual academics do in order to generate more relevant and impactful research of broader significance?
  • How can the institutional context (e.g. policies, incentive systems) facilitate the generation of more relevant and impactful research?

The program will include a mixture of plenary talks, panel discussions with leading scholars who have an established track-record on the topic, and round table discussions.

Who should attend?
This workshop is designed for academics, administrators and policy makers who are interested in the state of the art of management studies and how we can produce more relevant and impactful research to a broader audience.

More information about the event can be viewed here.