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Incorporating the Managers‘ Perspective - A Multidimensional Approach to the Research-Practice Gap

Henrici, Josephine LU and Jost, Josefine Margarete LU (2017) MGTN59 20171
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
The present study aims to contribute to the research-practice gap debate by addressing the understudied managers’ perspective. Based on a theoretical framework, it incorporates the managers’ stance on four dimensions previously debated by scholars, namely perceived relevance of the research-practice gap, stakeholder relationships, reasons for the gap and research utilization. The small-scale exploratory study design was used in order to test the constructed approach. The sample consisted of 14 German managers, working on CEO to middle level management in a variety of German industries. In light of unclear constructs, the analysis revealed that the approach cannot assess perceived relevance. We found results that diverge from scholars’... (More)
The present study aims to contribute to the research-practice gap debate by addressing the understudied managers’ perspective. Based on a theoretical framework, it incorporates the managers’ stance on four dimensions previously debated by scholars, namely perceived relevance of the research-practice gap, stakeholder relationships, reasons for the gap and research utilization. The small-scale exploratory study design was used in order to test the constructed approach. The sample consisted of 14 German managers, working on CEO to middle level management in a variety of German industries. In light of unclear constructs, the analysis revealed that the approach cannot assess perceived relevance. We found results that diverge from scholars’ statements in relation to accessibility of research. The managers indicated Time as the prime reason disabling the utilization of research. If they utilize research, however, they most frequently use it conceptually. Our study has a number of limitations that put the value of our approach in question. Nonetheless we conclude that the debate will benefit from clearly defined constructs and an incorporation of the managers’ perspective in the future. (Less)
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Henrici, Josephine LU and Jost, Josefine Margarete LU
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MGTN59 20171
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
research-practice gap, research utilization, management research
language
English
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8917065
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2017-06-19 17:27:38
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  abstract     = {The present study aims to contribute to the research-practice gap debate by addressing the understudied managers’ perspective. Based on a theoretical framework, it incorporates the managers’ stance on four dimensions previously debated by scholars, namely perceived relevance of the research-practice gap, stakeholder relationships, reasons for the gap and research utilization. The small-scale exploratory study design was used in order to test the constructed approach. The sample consisted of 14 German managers, working on CEO to middle level management in a variety of German industries. In light of unclear constructs, the analysis revealed that the approach cannot assess perceived relevance. We found results that diverge from scholars’ statements in relation to accessibility of research. The managers indicated Time as the prime reason disabling the utilization of research. If they utilize research, however, they most frequently use it conceptually. Our study has a number of limitations that put the value of our approach in question. Nonetheless we conclude that the debate will benefit from clearly defined constructs and an incorporation of the managers’ perspective in the future.},
  author       = {Henrici, Josephine and Jost, Josefine Margarete},
  keyword      = {research-practice gap,research utilization,management research},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Incorporating the Managers‘ Perspective - A Multidimensional Approach to the Research-Practice Gap},
  year         = {2017},
}