Useful Research: Advancing Theory and Practice

useful-research-advancing-theory-practiceSusan Albers Mohrman, Edward E. Lawler, III, and Associates: Useful Research: Advancing Theory and Practice. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2011. 456 pp. $49.95, hardcover.

David A. Whetten of Brigham Young University and Zachariah J. Rodgers of Stanford University published a book review of “Useful Research: Advancing Theory and Practice” in the latest issue of Administrative Science Quarterly:

Theory is useful because it is applicable beyond a particular case, while practice is a particular case. This apparent incompatibility is resolved when theory properly specifies key contextual components necessary to qualify applicability, and appropriate theories are applied to asqunderstanding particular cases. Conversely, theories can ‘‘learn’’ through feedback from particular cases. Mohrman and Lawler’s 25-year sequel compilation, Useful Research, champions and demonstrates practical organizational studies research through rich examples of collaborations between researchers and practitioners, career narratives, tangible approaches, and environmental evaluations, nestled among cogent commentaries and frameworks.

Click here to read the review, and follow this link for free access to two years’ worth of book reviews from Administrative Science Quarterly.

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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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