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