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Identity work in the transition from manager to management academic

John Blenkinsopp (University of Newcastle upon Tyne Business School, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Brenda Stalker (University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 1 March 2004

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Abstract

The phenomenon of current practitioners moving into academia is generally welcomed in terms addressing recruitment problems and the perceived benefit of bringing practical experience into the academic setting. Yet the individual practitioner may encounter considerable difficulties with this career transition. This paper identifies the different sources and discourses of credibility – management experience versus academic knowledge – as particularly relevant, and considers the ways in which these “emergent management academics” manage their self‐identities in their day‐to‐day interactions.

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Blenkinsopp, J. and Stalker, B. (2004), "Identity work in the transition from manager to management academic", Management Decision, Vol. 42 No. 3/4, pp. 418-429. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251740410518903

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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