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Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research 1st Edition

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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: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019922630X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199226306
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I'm surprised there are so few reviews of this book. I thought it was very helpful getting started as a doctoral student. Although the book requires quite a bit of reflection to glean the essential nuggets, Dr Van de Ven does a good job communicating the value of engaged scholarship. I like his baseball diamond model but think it should not be viewed as a base path to follow, since I don't think the circular path is sequential as it is depicted. I also think the model is clever, because the corners and sides appear to be organized as opposing but linked activities. Nevertheless, I recommend the book.
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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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I wish there were actual page numbers
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