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In search of relevance: perspectives on the contribution of academic-practitioner networks

Knights, D. and Scarbrough, H. (2010) In search of relevance: perspectives on the contribution of academic-practitioner networks. Organisation Studies, 31 (9-10). pp. 1287-1309. ISSN 0170-8406 Available from:

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This paper contributes to the current debate on the relevance of academic research to organizational practice but departs from the conventional view of perceiving the problem as one of improving the diffusion of knowledge from research to practice. Two theoretical lenses – Mode 2 and actor network theory – are drawn upon to examine vignettes of the authors’ involvement in academic-practitioner collaborations that assist us in understanding the production of knowledge relevant to practitioners. The analysis has the potential to free industry-academic collaborations of unrealistic demands.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Organisation Studies, 31, 9-10, September 2010 by SAGE Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. © SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords:academic networks, business schools, relevance debate, actor network theory
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:11252
Deposited By: Professor D. Knights
Deposited On:26 Oct 2010 08:25
Last Modified:09 Nov 2016 23:20

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