The Art of Hitting Academic Home Runs
In the final 2013 issue of Academy of Management Learning & Education, there is an interesting paper by Susan J. Ashford called ‘Having Scholarly Impact: The Art of Hitting Academic Home Runs’. The paper is considered an ‘Exemplary Contributions’ and it is specially introduced by Jean Bartunek, whose papers we have previously had at the 08:23. For next seminar we will have both the one-page introduction by Bartunek, and the paper by Ashford.
With more and more academics feeling more and more pressure to produce numbers of publications, I articulate the value of papers that are perhaps fewer in number, but have more impact on the subsequent research and thinking of others. Based on a presentation at a 2011 Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop entitled, “What Is an Academic Home Run and How Do I Hit One?,” this paper describes the attributes of “home run” papers in our field using four exemplars. From this analysis, I distill their lessons for all of us about the nature of both the ideas presented and the processes involved in creating articles with scholarly impact.
The full paper can be found here.