Why Does Academic Research Matter?

Michael A. Hitt, Texas A&M University, and Charles R. Greer, Texas Christian University, published “The Value of Research and Its Evaluation in Business Schools: Killing the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg?” on March 18, 2012 inthe Journal of Management Inquiry. To view other OnlineFirst articles, please click here.

The abstract:

Critics have characterized academic research as being of little practical or commercial value. Such criticism of scholarly research, as opposed to applied research, resonates with detractors who do not appreciate the evolving role of business schools in providing foundational research. The authors contend that scholarly research helps develop knowledge in fields such as strategic management, enhances the value of later applied research, and provides content for courses. Not all research is of high quality, however, so the evaluation of research is critical. The authors examine several considerations for evaluation, such as journal rankings, interdisciplinary evaluation, and breadth of approach.

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