Call for Papers: Generation and Use of Academic Knowledge about Organizations

20 July 2007 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

| Peter Klein |

Organization Studies, one of our favorite journals, is soliciting papers for a special issue edited by Paula Jarzabkowski, Susan Mohrman, and Andreas Georg Scherer, “Organization Studies as Applied Science: The Generation and Use of Academic Knowledge about Organizations.” Submission deadline is 30 November 2007. Here is the call for papers:

The academic community has long been concerned about the nature of knowledge produced in management and organization theory and its application to practice. Increasingly, these concerns have led to calls for management scholars to develop research designs that can operationalize the relationship between management knowledge and practical action empirically. For example, research councils fund research that incorporates practitioners in the design of the research, not only in the dissemination of its results, while professional doctorates have also grown to satisfy the knowledge production and consumption needs of practising professionals. While much existing empirical research is based on ontological assumptions that academic knowledge precedes practical action, for example examining the extent to which current academic knowledge is relevant to practice, increasingly research is being designed with specific regard for the nature and objectives of co-produced knowledge and the different ways that it is consumed by different audiences. This Special Issue (SI) seeks to address the relationship between academic theory and practical action in novel ways that can address the different assumptions underlying knowledge production and consumption.

The SI arises from the Third Organization Studies Summer Workshop, 7-9 June 2007, Crete, Greece. While we anticipate submissions from Workshop participants, participation in the Workshop is not a condition for submission to the Special Issue. Both theoretical and empirical papers are welcome that demonstrate rigorous analyses and approaches. Papers could consider, but are not restricted to, the following topics on the generation and use of academic knowledge about organisations:

  1. Epistemological issues concerning what counts as valid knowledge (including aspects such as truth, objectivity vs. subjectivity, etc.);
  2. Methodological issues about how valid knowledge is generated;
  3. Praxeological issues about how valid knowledge is used in practice;
  4. Sociological issues regarding the social settings in which academic knowledge is produced and the forms that knowledge traffic between academics and practitioners takes; and
  5. Critical issues regarding the political nature of knowledge and the various interests that are served during the process of knowledge production and application (including aspects such as power, dependency, legitimacy, etc.);
  6. Learning in terms of teaching management students; how and why understanding the relationship between knowledge production and consumption might inform our teaching practices.

We encourage contributors to go beyond a high level restatement of the issues of various modes of research, and to ensure that their treatments provide examples that jointly address the topics of practice and theory and provide a rich context for discussion and debate.

Submissions
To be considered for publication, papers must be electronically received by 30 November 2007. Please submit papers as email attachments (Microsoft World files only) to the Editor-in-Chief (OSeditor@alba.edu.gr), indicating in the email the title of the Special Issue. The Special Issue is scheduled for publication in the last quarter of 2009. For further information and the full call for papers, please go to www.egosnet.org/os.

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