This paper presents a critique of Freek Vermeulen’s synthesis of rigor and relevance in management research, and argues (1) at the first glance, Vermeulen’s papers are very appealing; (2) but with a closer scrutiny, we can unveil the weak and shaky foundations of his argument; (3) as a consequence, his solution of ‘adding a second loop’ to make management research meet dual needs of rigor and relevance is illusory and merely an applied science fiction; (4) and finally, there are two real contributions of his papers to the irrelevance debate, but they are not like what we might have thought.
|Place of Publication||Frederiksberg|
|Publisher||Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Series||Working Paper / Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School|