The much lamented ‘relevance gap’ is as much a product of practitioners wedded to gurus and fads as it is of academics wedded to abstractions and fundamentals.
Yet rigour and relevance need not be in opposition – as though one community exists in a ‘real world’ and the other does not. Much can be gained when academic and practice oriented ‘ways of knowing and being’ are mutually respected and seen as complements.
That is, a world where valuable knowledge is co-produced through mutual learning and mutual engagement.
A case in point is Professor Sara McGaughey’s recent book with Dr Joe Amberg – Fostering Local Entrepreneurship in a Multinational Enterprise.
The study identified a configuration of inter-dependent factors that mutually reinforce each other and sustain inertia in low levels of corporate entrepreneurship.
You can read entire book for free online until the end of August at: http://rdcu.be/tPif