Session Type: Symposium
Program Session: 4 | Submission: 17627 | Sponsor(s): (AAT)
Virtual session type: Real-time Presenter
What is the Point of the Practical Implications?
What is the Point of the Practical Implications?
PracticeTheme: 20/20: Broadening Our Sight

Digital Session Chair: Jeremy D. Meuser, U. of Mississippi
Panelist: Kevin B. Lowe, U. Of Sydney
Panelist: Leanne Atwater, U. of Houston
Panelist: Lucy L. Gilson, U. of Connecticut
Panelist: Arthur P. Brief, U. of Utah
Panelist: Natalia Lorinkova, Georgetown U.
Panelist: C. Chet Miller, U. of Houston
Panelist: Jennifer Nahrgang, U. of Iowa
Panelist: Ronald E. Riggio, Claremont McKenna College
Panelist: Helena Cooper-Thomas, Auckland U. of Technology
Panelist: Erich Dierdorff, DePaul U.
Panelist: Michelle Bligh, Claremont Graduate U.
This panel discussion addresses a core ideological dichotomy and barrier to the dissemination of actionable, relevant, influential, and helpful managerial advice arising from our research. On one hand, we lament the research-practice divide and provide practical implications sections in many of our articles, presumably because we hold that our work does have practical implications. Yet this practice is not universal. Many practical implications are poorly written, pro forma, and/or not actionable. On the other hand, organizational scientists do not universally endorse the importance of practical implications in academic articles. Bartunek and Rynes (2010) stated that there is another divide among scholars themselves in the extent to which they view practical implications from our research as necessary or indicated. The goal of this panel symposium is to gather senior scholars to discuss and debate the purpose of the practical implications sections of journal articles. Why do we write them at all if practitioners are not reading them? We will debate 5 potential viewpoints.
KEY TO SYMBOLS Teaching-oriented Teaching-oriented   Practice-oriented Practice-oriented   International-oriented International-oriented   Theme-oriented Theme-oriented   Research-oriented Research-oriented   Teaching-oriented Diversity-oriented
Selected as a Best Paper Selected as a Best Paper