Engaged Scholarship A Guide for Organizational and Social Research

ISBN-10: 019922630X
ISBN-13: 9780199226306
Edition: 2007
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Description: The relationship between theory and practice, research and action, is fundamental to all fields of applied social science. Should research findings and knowledge be useful for science, practice, and policy? If so, how should such research be  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The relationship between theory and practice, research and action, is fundamental to all fields of applied social science. Should research findings and knowledge be useful for science, practice, and policy? If so, how should such research be designed, carried out and disseminated to achieve the twin goals of rigor and relevance? These challenges are particularly relevant in the applied areas of management and organization studies where there is a distinct responsibility for researchers to engage with the "real world". In this carefully crafted and thoughtful book, leading management researcher Andrew Van de Ven both presents the broad intellectual challenge of "engaged scholarship", and also sets out a clear framework and guidelines for carrying out soundly based and useful research for advancing both science and practice. At a time when some may question the value and status of academic knowledge; and others, contrastingly, urge a closer relationship between researchers and research users--be they businesses, governments or other institutions--the challenge of engaged scholarship is as relevant as ever, and there is a real need for the thoughtful and considered approach offered by Van de Ven. The book both provides a manifesto for engaged scholarship in the social sciences, and clear framework for research design and methodology. It will be an invaluable reference point and guide for academics, researchers and graduate students across the social sciences concerned with rigorous and relevant research in the contemporary world.

Thomas J. Chermack is an Assistant Professor at the Colorado State University in the Organizational Performance and Change program. Chermack worked as a consultant with Personnel Decisions International for eight years leading efforts in training, change management initiatives, organization development interventions and high performance work team initiations.Tom is also the founder and managing partner of Chermack Scenarios, a scenario planning consultancy affiliated with the Centre for Innovative Leadership. He has authored over 50 research reports, and his research has appeared in scholarly publications such as Futures, Futures Research Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, The Academy of Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies among others.Foreword author Andrew H. Van de Ven is Vernon H. Heath Professor of Organizational Innovation and Change in the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota, and author of numerous books on Organizational Development.

Preface
Engaged Scholarship in a Professional School
Philosophy of Science Underlying Engaged Scholarship
Formulating the Research Problem
Building a Theory
Variance and Process Models
Designing Variance Studies
Designing Process Studies
Communicating and Using Research Knowledge
Practicing Engaged Scholarship
Glossary to Philosophy of Science Terms in Chapter 2
Bibliography
Index

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