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  • 1.  Quelling the "Irresponsible Research Perfect Storm"

    Posted 03-30-2022 09:41

    Dear AOM Colleagues,

    I am not emailing in my capacity of AOM President, but as a member of our community of management researchers and educators. We've been debating issues about research credibility and usefulness for a while. I believe it is time for us to take concrete action to quell the "irresponsible research perfect storm". Many of us believe the current situation is OUR problem, not someone else's. So, we need to proactively find our own solutions. I would be interested in receiving comments and reactions to the following open-access article available at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joms.12814:

    • Aguinis, H., Archibold, E. E., & Rice, D. B. 2022. Let's fix our own problem: Quelling the irresponsible research perfect storm. Journal of Management Studies. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12814


    We invoke the metaphor of the perfect storm and argue that several factors have converged to create what we label the irresponsible research perfect storm. Many of these issues can be fixed by applying management theories, but we argue this has not been done due to the existence of a research-research gap. Akin to the research-practice gap, the research-research gap is a disconnect between the research academics are producing and the research academics ourselves are using to manage our own business schools, journals, professional associations, and careers. Accordingly, we offer four sets of theory-based recommendations to quell this storm and narrow the research-research gap: (1) promote shared governance and accountability across stakeholder groups (2) expand the definition of scholarly impact, (3) provide journal editors with relevant resources, and (4) strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of current and future scholars.

    All the best,


    Herman Aguinis, Ph.D.
    President, Academy of Management
    Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar & Department of Management Chair
    The George Washington University School of Business
    Washington, DC

  • 2.  RE: Quelling the "Irresponsible Research Perfect Storm"

    Posted 03-31-2022 13:04
    Hi Herman,
    It is hard to disagree with much of what you have to say (albeit it largely disregards qualitative interpretivist research). Perhaps one approach that is relevant to the project you outline is represented by The DORA declaration on research assessment https://sfdora.org/.  My own university  has adopted these principles although, sad to say it did lead to difficult conversations with peer reviewers on a reaccreditation visit, so institutional resistance to change is clearly strong.
    Mark Fenton-O'Creevy | Professor of Organisational Behaviour
    Faculty of Business and Law
    The Open University, Michael Young Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AATel: +44 (0) 1908 655804.
    Recent publications
    Incorporating student opinion into opinion mining: A student-sourced sentiment analysis classifier (2022). Hillaire, G., Rienties, B., Fenton-O'Creevy, M., Zdrahal, Z., & Tempelaar, D.. In B. Rienties, R. Hampel, E. Scanlon, & D. Whitelock (Eds.), Open World Learning: Research, Innovation and the Challenges of High-Quality Education. London & New York: Taylor & Francis.
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