In his article, Disconnect of Management between Science and Practice, the authors discuss the tremendous tension between knowledge and application. Researchers can spend years, some lifetimes, carefully surveying, analyzing, and modeling behavior. They are correct in the majority of their results. In the business world, people are desperately looking for ways to improve their behavior at work. Yet they avoid answers from people who can help them. This article gives a number of reasons why this is the case.
Arguments and explanations
Professionals in the business world do not discuss the veracity of scientific findings presented by researchers. And it’s not because business people aren’t smart enough to understand the intricacies of data, research and application. The argument being made here is that, to the best of their ability, many researchers are not able to communicate their findings in a way that would enable the general population to put ideas into practice.
Another reason for the increase in research findings by professionals is that most believe that research has been done in a conflict of interest. For example, a company often pays a research lab to conduct a survey to prove its point … in other words, find some results.
It is also assumed that academic researchers are out of touch with the “real” business world or that they are not bound to solve as many problems as they are publishing or moving away (in other words, acquisition purposes).
Educators separate themselves from the business. They don’t communicate well with the average, working manager. While their search can be very helpful in improving workplace behavior (productivity, absenteeism, business, etc.), they are not written in a way that is easy to understand or appealing to those who Answers needed. Often the results of the investigation are buried deep in the midst of a psychological jirga that is neither interested in working managers nor in the time constraints they experience. If the information is clear and concise. If presented, perhaps the use of pills to take immediate action will reduce the burden of reading and using the results.
Furthermore, educator goals differ from “non-academic peers.” Non-academic experts want logical, solid, practical information. Researchers look for theoretical, data-driven, scientific information that does not necessarily contribute to real-world use.
The authors then propose solutions that could restore the relationship between the business and research worlds and reunite articles.
Business University Contributions: Help business executives engage with researchers to develop effective surveys that cover current business concerns or issues.
Access to information: The results of the investigation need to be written and presented in a more comprehensive manner in which the obstructive jargon and subcultural language are eliminated.
Professional experience for professors: Use of subbacticals or summer break in business environment.
Corporate Subjectives:Contrary to the previous suggestion … Corporate executives as professors use internships (to educate professors on what is happening in all business cultures).
Overall, the authors suggest that the two worlds (of business and academia) need to be more effectively linked in order to bring meaning and purpose to each other.