Making impact through industry-focused research: An Asia Pacific perspective
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This Perspectives paper draws attention to what I would call “industry-focused research” as an approach in management research that I believe can potentially contribute to the improvement of non-academic impact of the research. Industry-focused research refers to a type of studies in management that are based on an in-depth understanding of particular industry environments and that take account of the contextual details of the industries under investigation. Given that the industrial context in different locations tends to vary, industry-focused research can also contribute to the contextualization of management research in the Asia Pacific region.
KeywordsIndustry-focused research Research Excellence Framework Industrial leadership Evolutionary economics Industry Studies Association
This paper is based on seminars at Zhejiang University, Curtin University, Tsinghua University, University of Nottingham Ningbo, and The University of Texas at Dallas. I thank organizers of those seminars, including Ning Cai, Fuming Jiang, Zhenzhen Xie and Rajan Gaikwad, for providing me the opportunities to engage with colleagues on this topic. My special thanks go to Mike Peng (Consulting Editor), for encouraging me to develop a Perspectives paper based on the talk and for making a number of suggestions that have helped improve the paper substantially. I wish to thank the anonymous reviewer for very helpful comments, and John Mathews for his constructive comments on an earlier draft of the paper. I also thank the colleagues in my Faculty for introducing a “research impact case studies” initiative that drew my initial attention to this topic.
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