Directions for a troubled discipline: strategy research, teaching and practice introduction to the dialog

Paula Jarzabkowski, Richard Whittington

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This Dialog responds to a growing debate about the relevance of business schools generally and the value of strategy theory and research for strategic management practice. The authors propose that academic theory and management practice can be better connected through management education. The academy researches practice, derives theory, and returns it to practice through the development of teaching materials and the teaching of current and future practitioners. The three articles in this Dialog examine how different approaches to strategy research inform strategy teaching and its application to practice. Joseph Bower explains the rise of business policy and the process research approach that informed that teaching tradition at Harvard Business School. Robert Grant responds by emphasizing the economic theory underpinnings of strategic management research and its impact on teaching. Paula Jarzabkowski and Richard Whittington conclude by proposing a strategyas-practice perspective and suggesting ways to better incorporate strategy-as-practice research into strategy teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-268
Number of pages43
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

Bibliographical note

The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(4), December 2008 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © 2008 Sage Publications.


  • business schoolS
  • strategy theory
  • strategic management practice
  • academic theory
  • management practice
  • management education


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