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New Book on Business Schools and Scholarly Impact

Impact and the Management Researcher by Usha Haley asks who benefits from academic research

USA, July 16, 2021 / -- Tenure and promotion committees in business schools, and accreditation agencies such as AACSB, increasingly rely on research-quality measures to judge research impact. Does this research matter to society? Are the measures accurate and consistent? What opportunity costs accrue to society from business schools choosing some metrics and excluding others? Valuation of research and scholarly output predicts innovation, affects careers, and guides resource allocations worldwide. Yet, business schools appear to support research that provides scant value to society, while incentives to do research cater to an increasingly narrow base.

Impact and the Management Researcher” joins the burgeoning conversation in management and business schools with discussions of concepts, measurements, costs and benefits that accrue to pursuing scholarly impact. The author, Usha Haley, draws on a pioneering study by the Academy of Management that asked its global membership of 20,000 how they assessed scholarly impact, including rankings and impact factors, and how institutions supported this pursuit. To date, this remains the only study by a major academic association that asked its global members for their opinions on what constituted impact – rather than just assume these opinions. Through qualitative and quantitative cross-country analysis by professorial rank, geographical region, and various metrics, as well as exploration of parallel discussions in the social and hard sciences, the author argues for urgently re-examining the visible and invisible hands of research evaluation that shape lives and global societies.

“Impact and the Management Researcher” presents original data on the external impacts of management research on policy, through the media, and in interest displayed by constituencies, which will make the book of interest to researchers, business schools, grant-bestowing organizations, academics, students and governments that evaluate research quality. Recommendations from leading management scholars and from the data follow for more valid, more reliable and less cynical metrics of research impact.


"Impact and the Management Researcher is an outstanding contribution to the debate among management academics about ‘what is real impact of their work, and how do we measure it’. The author, a very distinguished scholar, is leading the charge internationally to get business schools, government and funders to understand the importance of management research in terms of changing practice and policies rather than journal rankings of impact. This book is a must read by all Deans of business schools, university Presidents and funders of management research." Sir Cary L. Cooper, CBE, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health, ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.

"This book is a remarkable piece of scholarship. Written by a leader in the field, Usha Haley presents both original research and a concise survey of the key issues in achieving (or failing to achieve) impact in management research. Usha Haley is both a distinguished researcher and has influenced policy around the world and the skills required for this rare combination are in evidence in this book. It is critical but also offers a way forward that is practical for scholars; it is international, drawing examples from many areas of the world, and yet provides a perspective that rings true when addressing issues at a local level; and, it combines insight into both qualitative and quantitative approaches with equal balance. This is a very significant book for all of us who aspire to excellence and relevance in management research." Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University, UK and President of the British Academy of Management. 

"Since its establishment as an academic discipline, scholars in Management have been wracked by a core dilemma: How to gain legitimacy as a theory-grounded science while still staying relevant and having a practical impact? This book, and the ground-breaking research on which its based, tackles this dilemma head on. Beyond being required reading for Deans and T&P Committee members, the findings presented in this book deserve careful study by all those involved in and concerned with the future of management generally, and management education and research in particular." Peter A. Bamberger, Domberger Chair in Organization & Management, Tel Aviv University’s Coller School of Management, Israel and Research Director, Cornell University’s Smithers Institute, USA.

Contact: Usha Haley, tel: 1-316-978-5500; email:; WWW: Routledge

Usha Haley
Wichita State University
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