Research-to-practice gaps—barriers between the scientific knowledge researchers are producing and the information professionals are receiving—plague many fields, including health, education, and business. Management and organization scholars have been pointing to a research-practice gap since the late 1990s.
That’s bad news for managers and business leaders, who are missing out on evidence-based knowledge that could be helping them advance their organizations, their employees’ performances, and their own careers.
“Concern regarding the science-practice gap is not new and has been a matter of discomfort in the Academy of Management (AOM) for some time. In fact, several former AOM presidents have referred to this gap in their presidential addresses,” according to an Academy of Management Learning & Education article, “A Pluralist Conceptualization of Scholarly Impact in Management Education: Students as Stakeholders.”