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Reviewing the “Valley of Death” between management research and management practice: Towards a reorienting of paradigm assumptions in management science

Jesús De Frutos-Belizón (Department of Business and Management, University of Cádiz, Spain)
Fernando Martín-Alcázar (Department of Business and Management, University of Cádiz, Spain)
Gonzalo Sánchez-Gardey (Department of Business and Management, University of Cádiz, Spain)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 24 June 2019

Issue publication date: 16 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The knowledge generated by academics in the field of management is often criticized because of its reduced relevance for professionals. In the review of the literature, the authors distinguish between three streams of thought. The review of the literature and the understanding of the research streams that have been addressed by the academic–practitioner gap in management has allowed to clarify that what truly underlies each of these approaches is a different assumption or paradigm from which the management science focusses.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews the main approaches that have analysed this topic, drawing a number of conclusions.

Findings

The knowledge generated by academics in the field of management is often criticized because of its reduced relevance for professionals. In the review of the literature, the authors distinguish between three main perspectives. The review of the literature and the understanding of the research streams that have been addressed by the academic–practitioner gap in management has allowed us to clarify that what truly underlies each of these approaches is a different assumption or paradigm from which the management science focusses. To represent the findings of the literature review in this sense, the authors will present, first, a model that serves as a framework to interpret the different solutions proposed in the literature to close the gap from a positivist paradigm. Subsequently, they question this view through a reflection that brings us closer to a more pragmatic and interpretive paradigm of management science to bridge the research–practice gap.

Originality/value

In recent studies, researchers agree that there is an important gap between management research and practice, which may bear little resemblance to each other. However, the literature on this topic does not seem to be guided by a rigorously structured discourse and, for the most part, is not based on empirical studies. Moreover, a sizeable body of literature has been developed with the objective of analysing and contributing solutions that reconcile management researchers and professionals. To offer a more systematic view of the literature on this topic, the paper classifies previous approaches into three different perspectives based on the ideas on which they are supported. Finally, the paper concludes with some reflections that could help to reorient the paradigm from which the management research is carried out.

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Citation

De Frutos-Belizón, J., Martín-Alcázar, F. and Sánchez-Gardey, G. (2019), "Reviewing the “Valley of Death” between management research and management practice: Towards a reorienting of paradigm assumptions in management science", Management Research Review, Vol. 42 No. 8, pp. 926-953. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-02-2018-0096

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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