Friday, March 30, 2012

GREVE Henrich
Correctly Assessing the Value of Our Research to Management Education  Academy of Management Learning and Education 11, 2 (2012) 272-277

Pearce and Huang (2012) suggest that the proportion of actionable articles in management research is low and declining. This reply discusses three reasons that the proportion of actionable articles is actually higher than they claim. First, disaggregation from findings describing samples to individual actors in the sample requires consideration of whether they are different or homogeneous. Second, population and field level outcomes are produced by individual or collective action, and such action is facilitated by knowing how population and field level phenomena work. Third, authors can identify actionable consequences of articles that are difficult to see for researchers without expertise in the topic area.