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"we stand accused by some managers (often those who have never read an academic journal in their lives) of irrelevance. Let us be clear: practitioners do not own the research agenda, though they are welcome to contribute to it. Certainly, academics should be interested in how organisations make decisions and innovate in how they go to market, but should not be restricted to that frame of reference¿In short, I conclude that there should be a divide between theory and practice¿We are set up to do different things for different reasons¿There should be a healthy degree of antagonism between the world of ideas and the world of action. The alternative appears to be academics aping the antics of managers, and managers attempting to set the academic agenda for teaching and research on whatever basis they feel best serves their short-term interests. Long live the divide!" Professor Nigel Piercy, writing in Lee and Greenley (2010)
Discuss the role of business schools and business research. Present your view, based on wider reading of what business research should do in the context of society and business. Why do business schools exist? Are business schools fulfilling the role you think they should right now? Where does doctoral research fit in with the role of business schools?