Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research

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OUP Oxford, May 24, 2007 - Business & Economics - 344 pages
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The relationship between theory and practice, research and action, is fundamental to all fields of applied social science. Should research findings and knowledge be useful for science, practice, and policy? If so, how should such research be designed, carried out and disseminated to achieve the twin goals of rigor and relevance? These challenges are particularly relevant in the applied areas of management and organization studies where there is a distinct responsibility for researchers to engage with the 'real world'. In this carefully crafted and thoughtful book, leading management researcher Andrew Van de Ven both presents the broad intellectual challenge of 'engaged scholarship', and also sets out a clear framework and guidelines for carrying out soundly based and useful research for advancing both science and practice. At a time when some may question the value and status of academic knowledge; and others, contrastingly, urge a closer relationship between researchers and research users - be they businesses, governments or other institutions - the challenge of engaged scholarship is as relevant as ever, and there is a real need for the thoughtful and considered approach offered by Van de Ven. The book both provides a manifesto for engaged scholarship in the social sciences, and clear framework for research design and methodology. It will be an invaluable reference point and guide for academics, researchers and graduate students across the social sciences concerned with rigorous and relevant research in the contemporary world.

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Andrew H. Van de Ven is Vernon H. Heath Professor of Organizational Innovation and Change in the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1972, and taught at Kent State University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before his present appointment. He is co-author of Group Techniques for Program Planning (Scott Foresman, 1975), Measuring and Assessing Organizations (Wiley, 1980),Perspectives on Organization Design and Behavior (Wiley, 1981), and The Innovation Journey (1999), Organizational Change and Innovation Processes: Theory and Methods for Research (2000), and Handbook of Organizational Change and Innovation (2004), all by Oxford University Press. Van de Ven was 2000-2001 President of the Academy of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

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