Bridging the Relevance Ranking Chasm: Mission Impossible?

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European Business Review
This paper debates the challenges related to balancing relevance and ranking in management research.

This is a commentary on and review of the challenges faced by 21st century management academics.

There is a chasm between managerial relevance and current managerial research, however, with academic buy-in there are ways in which the chasm can be crossed.

Research limitations/implications
The implications of this are wide reaching for management researchers. They are challenged to consider different methodologies, strategies and dissemination avenues for their research.

Practical implications
Researchers need to consider not only collaboration with practitioners as they pursue solutions to managerial problems but also to consider much more inter-disciplinary research that addresses the wicked problems of management in practice.

Social implications
Solving the challenge of managerial relevance of business research has the potential to allow the contribution of business academia to be fully appreciated by practitioners.

The value of this thought-piece is that it challenges business and management academics to question the status quo and fight to make their research relevant to and valued by the business world.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Business Review
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • managerial relevance
  • research ranking


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