'Physics Envy', cognitive legitimacy or practical relevance: dilemmas in the evolution of management research in the UK
journal contributionposted on 2014-06-06, 08:31 authored by Howard Thomas, Alex Wilson
We reﬂect on the key debates and controversies that face business schools and management research. This paper frames the core debates in terms of organizational legitimacy as a lens through which to analyse the rapid rise and development of business schools in the UK. The production of management knowledge straddles the precarious divide between academic rigour and practical relevance. We argue that the conﬂicting sources of legitimacy could be undermining the international research competitiveness of UK schools and that a far-reaching review of management education and research is necessary.
- Business and Economics
Published inBRITISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT
Pages443 - 456 (14)
CitationTHOMAS, H. and WILSON, A.D., 2011. 'Physics Envy', cognitive legitimacy or practical relevance: dilemmas in the evolution of management research in the UK. British Journal of Management, 22 (3), pp. 443 - 456.
Publisher© The Author(s) British Journal of Management © British Academy of Management. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
NotesThis article was published in the British Journal of Management and the definitive version is available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2011.00766.x/pdf