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Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research [Paperback]

by Andrew H. Van de Ven
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July 12, 2007 019922630X 978-0199226306 First Edition
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 achieve the 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 both presents 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 there is 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 and relevant research in the contemporary world.

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"Persuasively offers engaged scholarship as a better way of creating knowledge for social science and practice....A landmark publication."--Academy of Management Review

About the Author

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 his present appointment. He is co-author of Group Techniques for Program Planning (Scott Foresman, 1975), Measuring and Assessing Organizations (Wiley, 1980), Perspectives on Organization Design and Behavior (Wiley, 1981), and The Innovation Journey (1999), Organizational Change and Innovation Processes: Theory and Methods for Research (2000), and Handbook of Organizational Change and Innovation (2004), all by Oxford University Press. Van de Ven was 2000-2001 President of the Academy of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; First Edition edition (July 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019922630X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199226306
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Advice on the research process by a hands-on guy December 3, 2008
By Jackal
This book is written for academics in organisational theory (and adjacent fields like strategic management). This book is ideal for PhD students, but professors can get a lot out of it as well. I don't think non-academics would get anything out of this book.

It provides an in-depth primer of the research process. With in-depth I mean that you get more then the obvious material that often fills up the bulk of textbooks. Embedded n the text is also the author's personal recommendations after having spent decades as an academic. The book is especially important if you also care about doing relevant research (as opposed to just rigorous research).

After having followed the advice in this book you should also read Writing for Scholarly Publication. That book is more (cynically) focused on getting published. That is important too :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bridge That Needs Building and Reinforced Pilings August 20, 2012
By the phrase "engaged scholarship," Prof. Andy Van de Ven means collaborative research between academics and business professionals. Like most in the academy, he uses the term "practitioners" to refer to us in the business community. It is a term that I have long loathed, perhaps because I think it's a bit patronizing. I hasten to add that I've met Prof. Van de Ven, and he is anything but patronizing, so perhaps my reaction isn't the general one. Notwithstanding that little barrier, I think the book is terrific.

As a result, therefore, I respectfully disagree with the comments of Jackal above. While I'll stipulate that many business professionals would have no interest in the book, more than a few of those with graduate degrees will be interested in it. It undertakes a formal bridge-building effort between two communities that seem to hold one another in mutually low regard: business researchers inside the academy and business professionals outside it. Back in 1989, I co-authored a paper for what was then called the "Academy of Management Executive" (now the "Academy of Management Perspectives"). That paper, which was titled "Irrelevance, Intransigence, and Business Professors," analyzed and explained, using Porter's then-five-forces framework of industry analysis, the estrangement between the two groups; anyone who would like a copy can e-mail me via wmiller(at)beckmill(dot)com. In the ensuing 23 years, not much has changed. That is unfortunate because, in my view, neither the academy nor the business community benefits from, or can afford, the enmity that now separates them.

Van de Ven's book is a comprehensive explanation of tools and processes that can narrow the chasm. . .if only people on both sides seize the day and make it happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal book on Engaged Scholarship October 14, 2013
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I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Van de Ven give a keynote address on this topic. This is such an important book for academicians and researchers who want to have impact on the community that they want to serve with their research.
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