Advocacy and the Search for Truth in Management Scholarship: Can the Twain Ever Meet?

Thomas A. Wright*, Kyle Emich, Jone L. Pearce, Stratos Ramoglou, Neal M. Ashkanasy, Jean M. Bartunek, Sven Kunisch, David Denyer, Nicolai J. Foss, Peter G. Klein, Sophia Town, John Hollwitz, Chet E. Barney, Peter Harms, Timothy P. Munyon, Gerard Seijts, Erik W. K. Tsang

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Scholars have long debated the merits of advocacy-based research versus research considered from the quest for objective truth. Building upon reflections from multiple sources, a set of 11 brief reflections on three posed questions are presented. Tsang concludes our discussion with additional insights on how moving beyond the “interestingness” advocacy will be beneficial to the continued professional development of the management discipline.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

Bibliographical note

Published online: 3 October 2023.


  • Academic freedom
  • Advocacy
  • Interestingness
  • Kindness
  • Scientific discourse
  • Truth

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