Implications for Practice

Implications for Practice

For next week we will have a paper by Jean Bartunek (Boston College) and Sara Rynes (University of Iowa). The paper, published in Academy of Management Learning & Education, attends to the challenges of writing ‘implication for practice’. You know, that short section at the end of each paper… the one we force ourselves to write!

In the paper, the author analyzed the ‘implications for practice’ sections in five top tier management journals and found that such implications only appeared in about half of the articles. A practitioner who also reviewed them moreover considered that less than 10% of them were actually helpful for his practice. So, are ‘implications for practice’ sections in management journals obsolete? Are they ultimately trivial to both science and practice?

The title of the paper is, “The Construction and Contributions of “Implications for Practice”: What’s in Them and What Might They Offer?” and it can be downloaded here.