Latour and Woolgar’s ‘cycle of scientific credibility’ as a basis for conceptualizing business school strategy

Ivory, Chris and Shipton, Helen (2020) Latour and Woolgar’s ‘cycle of scientific credibility’ as a basis for conceptualizing business school strategy. Review of Managerial Science, 14. pp. 379-391. ISSN 1863-6691

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Abstract

Drawing on contemporary and historical discourse around UK business schools and insights from the sociology of scientific knowledge, we argue that business schools should be understood and judged, not as they typically have been, as engines of knowledge production, but as engines of credibility production. Credibility, we argue, is central to the attractiveness of business schools to students and other key stakeholders and therefore credibility, and the mechanisms through which credibility are maintained, should be at the center of strategic thinking within business schools. We argue that over-reliance on funding from corporate sources can have profound consequences for the ability of schools to continue to produce credibility. This article focuses primarily on the experiences of business schools in the UK.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Third-party funding, Reputation, Credibility, Knowledge production, Business schools
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704367

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