Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 859–886 | Cite as

Scholarship-practice “oneness” of an academic career: The entrepreneurial pursuit of an expansive view of management scholarship

  • Ming-Jer ChenEmail author


Management scholars in the West engage in a variety of work that tends to divide between scholarly research and practical endeavors. The schism has not historically existed in China and the East, where scholarship and practice are by tradition regarded as an integrated whole. This paper seeks to narrow the gulf by exploring the conception of management scholarship in the global context, a concern that goes to the heart of what an academic career in management means today, and how scholars may contribute to research and the profession in general. This paper conveys lessons and insights from my three decades of scholarly work developing competitive dynamics and ambicultural management as distinctive research domains, as well as academic and business ventures I have founded to support my research. All these entrepreneurial undertakings are grounded in an expansive, integrated “Chinese” view of management scholarship. Academics seeking to explore synergies between scholarship and practice and to achieve a balanced career anchored in research may find that my entrepreneurial efforts to integrate scholarly and practical ventures offer a useful guide.


Academic careers Management scholarship Integrating research, teaching, and practice Academic entrepreneurs Ambicultural management 



This paper is dedicated to Ian C. MacMillan, mentor, co-author, and inspiring role model of an academic entrepreneur. Dr. MacMillan’s enlightening counsel and support led me to found my first entrepreneurial venture, the Global Chinese Business Initiative, at Wharton (1997–2001). I would also like to thank Theresa Cho, Dan Li, John Michel, Danny Miller, and Wenpin Tsai for their valuable comments on earlier drafts of this paper, and Wan-Chien Lien and Dalong Pang for their dedicated assistance in the preparation of this work. My special thanks to Charles Tucker for his thoughtful editorial assistance. Financial support from the Darden Foundation of the University of Virginia is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Darden School of BusinessUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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