Practitioners and academics

What is the optimal mixture of real-world experience and scholarly research that produces the best educational preparation for business students? The sharp divide between practitioners and academics that once existed has been largely erased, but there is still much progress to be made in the arena of scholarly engagement within the world of business education. In their book, Academic-Practitioner Relationships: Developments, Complexities and Opportunities (Routledge, 2017), editors Jean Bartunek of the Boston College Carroll School of Management and Jane McKenzie of the Henley Business School at the University of Reading, UK, highlight the sorts of capabilities academics need to collaborate effectively with practitioners and illustrate case studies that demonstrate how successful academic-practitioner relationships can produce research of rigor and relevance. Bartunek is the Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Professor of Management and Organization and a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, a women’s Roman Catholic religious order. Carroll School Professor Sandra Waddock, the Galligan Chair of Strategy, and Professor Richard Nielsen are contributors to the volume. Bartunek discussed the book in this BC Libraries video.

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