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Promoting scholarship that matters: the uselessness of useful research and the usefulness of useless research.

Learmonth, M. and Lockett, A. and Dowd, K. (2012) 'Promoting scholarship that matters: the uselessness of useful research and the usefulness of useless research.', British journal of management., 23 (1). pp. 35-44.

Abstract

Our ambition in this essay is to challenge received wisdoms about the importance of ‘useful’ management scholarship. Suggesting that usefulness and uselessness are contingent on issues of temporality and power, we advocate caution in assigning terms such as useful and relevant – they are inherently problematic, we argue, and should be viewed more as ideology than as empirical statements. We conclude by a call for reflexivity about what it is we are doing when we do ‘useful’ research, along with a greater concern for the values for which business schools stand.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Business schools, Contingent, Power, Reflexivity, Relevance, Temporality, Usefulness.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (193Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-8551
Publisher statement:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Record Created:17 Jun 2011 09:20
Last Modified:09 Mar 2014 00:30

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