Developing Original, Courageous Ideas

Adam Lindgreen, C. Anthony Di Benedetto, Florian Kock

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Despite evidence of meticulous business-to business marketing research efforts, and the pleas of editors for truly original, ground-breaking research, there is still a shortage of original, courageous research ideas. To provide guidance to researchers and address this problem, we apply the OBC model (observe the world, bridge disciplines, and challenge assumptions and theories). We discuss the three main and four blended strategies recommended by this model, and illustrate each of these strategies with examples drawn from the marketing literature. Our application of the OBC model offers actionable guidelines for generating original research ideas, as well as theoretical grounding for each element of the model. Given the publication pressure felt by young academic researchers, we hope that our discussion provides encouragement and guidance, which will result in original, courageous business-to-business marketing research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow to Fast-track Your Academic Career : A Guide for Mid-career Scholars
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9781839101779
ISBN (Electronic)9781839101786
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesHow To Guides

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