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Is Responsible Research Really Good for Business and Society?

  • 1.  Is Responsible Research Really Good for Business and Society?

    Posted 06-27-2022 09:52
    Dear OB Division colleagues, 

    Do you have interest in the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) movement? What's your view on the RRBM's principles? We invite you to read these thought-provoking essays and offer your views on this virtual debate, dialogue, and discussion on this Connect platform through "Reply to Group".

    The Journal of Management Studies (JMS)'s Point-Counterpoint (PCP) focuses on the roles of scholarly research in addressing problems that are significant to both business and society. 

    The topic of this new PCP is on the promises and pitfalls of the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) movement. It features an introduction and three essays -- and all four essays are 'Open Access':

    • Introduction by Gideon Markman) titled "Will Your Study Make the World a
      Better Place?" provides a critical assessment of potential pitfalls with the RRBM movement.
    • Point essay by Anne S. Tsui & Peter McKiernan, titled "Understanding Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility in Business and Management Research" explains why and how responsible research needs both scientific freedom and scientific responsibility to realize its potential of producing both credible and useful knowledge for a better world.
    • Counterpoint 1 by Herman Aguinis, Estelle E. Archibold, & Darryl B. Rice, titled "Let's Fix our Own Problem: Quelling the Irresponsible Research Perfect Storm", identifies solutions to narrow the research-research gap – disconnect between our research ideal and our research practices.
    • Counterpoint 2 by Donald S. Siegel, titled "Two Cheers for RRBM, Pasteur's Quadrant, and an Application of RRBM to the Commercialization of Science and Technology Transfer", applauds the use-inspired research aspect of RRBM and its emphasis on scientific rigor, but cautions against RRBM's emphasis on "social" problems, at the expense of more central business problems.

    We look forward to your reflections and contributions to this "debate, dialogue and discussion" on the promises and challenges of RRBM. Is it really good for business and for society?


    Gideon, Anne, Herman, and Don

    Anne Tsui
    Arizona State University and University of Notre Dame, USA
    Peking University and Fudan University, China
    Co-founder, RRBM