Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research

Paperback | June 24, 2007

byAndrew H. Van de Ven

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The relationship between theory and practice, research and action, is fundamental to all fields of applied social science. Should research findings and knowledge be useful for science, practice, and policy? If so, how should such research be designed, carried out and disseminated to achievethe twin goals of rigor and relevance?These challenges are particularly relevant in the applied areas of management and organization studies where there is a distinct responsibility for researchers to engage with the 'real world'. In this carefully crafted and thoughtful book, leading management researcher Andrew Van de Ven bothpresents the broad intellectual challenge of 'engaged scholarship', and also sets out a clear framework and guidelines for carrying out soundly based and useful research for advancing both science and practice.At a time when some may question the value and status of academic knowledge; and others, contrastingly, urge a closer relationship between researchers and research users - be they businesses, governments or other institutions - the challenge of engaged scholarship is as relevant as ever, and thereis a real need for the thoughtful and considered approach offered by Van de Ven.The book both provides a manifesto for engaged scholarship in the social sciences, and clear framework for research design and methodology. It will be an invaluable reference point and guide for academics, researchers and graduate students across the social sciences concerned with rigorous andrelevant research in the contemporary world.

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The relationship between theory and practice, research and action, is fundamental to all fields of applied social science. Should research findings and knowledge be useful for science, practice, and policy? If so, how should such research be designed, carried out and disseminated to achievethe twin goals of rigor and relevance?These c...

Andrew H. Van de Ven is Vernon H. Heath Professor of Organizational Innovation and Change in the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1972, and taught at Kent State University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before hi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:June 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019922630X

ISBN - 13:9780199226306

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Table of Contents

1. Engaged Scholarship in a Professional School2. Philosophy of Science Underlying Engaged Scholarship3. Formulating the Research Problem4. Building a Theory5. Process and Variance Models6. Designing Variance Studies7. Designing Process Studies8. Communicating and Using Research Knowledge9. Practicing Engaged Scholarship

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`Professor Andy Van de Vens (2007) tour de force provides a method of engaged scholarship for studying complex social problems that often exceed our individual skills to examine on our own. Engaged Scholarship is a participative form of research... Van de Ven (2007) is a landmark publicationthat offers potential for a paradigm shift (Kuhn, 1970) moving from reductionism (Pfeffer, 1993) and towards theoretical and methodological pluralism. It persuasively offers engaged scholarship as a better way than the current status quo of creating knowledge for social science and practice.'Joseph T. Mahoney