Collective Impact Virtual Salon
Since 2021 a group of management academics with diverse academic backgrounds and perspectives has gathered informally to talk about the impact and direction of their field. This gathering, the Collective Impact Virtual Salon, thrives on collaboration and dialogue on what would have the most meaning to the field. As the conversation continued two broad issues emerged: impact on research and impact on managerial and public policy practice. These posts stem from those discussions.
Please note, the Salon participants often have different points of view. Hence, each post reflects the views of the author(s) and not the Salon as a whole. We invite you to read, share, and leave your comments and feedback. Read more about why a Salon here.
Wharton Magazine talked with Lori Rosenkopf and Dan Levinthal as part of these discussions to consider how academic research can reach a broader group of scholars, organizational leaders, and policy makers. Read the article here.
Collective Impact Posts
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by Abdullah Almaatouq (Guest Author) My PhD journey began with a clear vision: to unravel the interplay between social network structures and their collective outcomes. I was particularly interested in the collective intelligence arising in those structures. With several projects already underway on this topic, I felt prepared. Perhaps optimistically, or some might think naively, I ...Read More
by Rocki-Lee DeWitt (Guest Author) By virtue of my rank and choice of where to work, I am privileged to be an academic the way I think best fits the academic me. I focus my effort on delivering benefits for business owners. Please do not jump to the conclusion that this type of impact is one more ...Read More
by Tim Simcoe (Guest Author) This post is in response to Olav Sorenson’s Want Your Research To Have Impact? Consider These Three Questions. In an earlier contribution to this salon, Olav Sorenson proposed that “impactful” research provides a basis for believing that a feasible action will produce meaningful change in some individual or organizational objective. I like ...Read More
by Matthew A. Cronin (Guest Author) Peer review is an essential part of the “collective” in creating collective impact. It is what makes management science science. In a time when desirable findings and folk wisdom can be easily dressed up using pseudoscience, unsound tests, confirmatory hypothesis testing, or a host of other specious methods, getting an ...Read More
by Mark Zbaracki (Guest Author) The questions of impact raised here recalled Jim March’s longstanding claim: “I am not now, nor have I ever been, relevant” (March 2006, p. 83). In The Roots, Rituals, and Rhetorics of Change, he and Mie Augier point out that our standard measures of relevance...Read More
by Anita McGahan To answer, “what is collective impact, really?,” first begs the question, “How do we have impact in the field of management and organizations?,” which then raises, “How does that impact emerge collectively?” Our Collective Impact conversations got me thinking about both. So how do we have impact? ...Read More
by Phanish Puranam I have no doubt that the hardest part, by far, of the Ph.D. student’s journey is finding a thesis topic, and then a cast of characters who are enthusiastic enough about the topic to serve as a thesis committee. How do you select a suitable dissertation topic?...Read More
by Witold Henisz (Guest Author) For many years, despite increasing globalization of the economy and business education, doctoral students and junior scholars were advised not to study international topics or international samples. Why? Because such studies were perceived to have poor quality or suspect data and reviewers and editors were...Read More
by Gautam Ahuja I thank Myles for providing a very nice starting point for an interesting debate here. Let me present a different perspective. First, a novel theoretical contribution does not imply a complete new theory. Indeed most published papers with a theoretical contribution provide only a nuance or conditioning of a prior idea and empirical ...Read More
by Lori Rosenkopf Determining how and when empirical results are generalizable is critical to increase the impact of academic research. It is also a valuable thinking skill for non-academics. Hence, we need to build this skill into our educational offerings at all levels. Since doctoral students are academics in training,...Read More
by Connie Helfat Murray Davis’ classic 1971 article “That’s Interesting!” asserts that a theory must be interesting to be considered great. He goes on to say that all interesting theories challenge routinely held assumptions. By implication, counterintuitive theories, which by their definition deviate from common assumptions, are far more likely...Read More
by Jerry Davis Is there an audience for academic research? While it may seem an obvious yes who is that audience? Of all the things I neglected to learn in graduate school, this one took the longest to address. Recognizing that someone might read, and better yet make a decision...Read More
by Olav Sorenson Most academics I know want their research to have an impact, to influence the way people think and behave. But few of us succeed. Who's to blame? Usually, the blame gets placed on practitioners, for failing either to read the research or to understand how to put...Read More
by Phanish Puranam Lori and Dan's post "From Quasi-Replication to Generalization: Making 'Basis Variables' Visible" gives us a nice way to think about generalization in terms of “basis variables”. I’d like to extend their thought with a complementary way of thinking about generalization using machine learning (ML) techniques. Generalization can...Read More
by Myles Shaver I ask this question because the requirement or norm of many of our high-quality journals that all papers must advance a novel theoretical contribution implies the answer is yes. This requirement or norm means the first test of a theory (in the case of an empirical paper...Read More
by Lori Rosenkopf and Dan Levinthal A persistent challenge in social science research is understanding whether and when empirical results generalize beyond a specific study’s sample or context. In 2016, Rich Bettis, Connie Helfat and Myles Shaver produced a special issue of Strategic Management Journal containing several “quasi-replications” which examined...Read More
by Lori Rosenkopf During the past decade, increasing administrative responsibilities forced me to grapple with how managerial research might be made more impactful for students, practitioners and policy-makers. My newly-constrained research attention turned toward the idea of redirecting and integrating our field's research trajectories. I found myself questioning not only...Read More