Success Factor Research: Overcoming the Trade-Off Between Rigor and Relevance?

Kieser, Alfred ; Nicolai, Alexander

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2005
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Management Inquiry
Volume: 14
Issue number: 3
Page range: 275-279
Place of publication: Newbury Park, Calif. [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage Periodicals Press
ISSN: 1056-4926 , 1552-6542
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Organisation (Kieser Em)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Success factor studies seem to offer a way out of the rigor verses relevance dilemma: Researchers, in their attempts to identify factors that are causes of performance and can be manupulated by managers, apply sophisticated analyses in rigorous ways. As it turns out, however, the findings of performance analyses usually contradict each other, and practitioners are unable to follow and to evaluate the discussions between the researchers that are published in scientific journals. Thus, rather than a correspondence, as implied by performance studies, a trade-off between rigor and relevance is the overall outcome of this kind of resarch. On the basis of sociological concepts, the authors show that this effect is a consequence of the inner dynamics of science as a social system. This means that the potential of performance research to create actionable knowledge is limited.

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