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Knowledge leadership: Mobilizing management research by becoming the knowledge object

Fischer, MD; Dopson, S; Fitzgerald, L; Bennett, C; Ferlie, E; Ledger, J; McGivern, G; (2016) Knowledge leadership: Mobilizing management research by becoming the knowledge object. Human Relations , 69 (7) pp. 1563-1585. 10.1177/0018726715619686. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores contrasting forms of ‘knowledge leadership’ in mobilizing management research into organizational practice. Drawing on a Foucauldian perspective on power–knowledge, we introduce three axes of power–knowledge relations, through which we analyse knowledge leadership practices. We present empirical case study data focused on ‘polar cases’ of managers engaged in mobilizing management research in six research-intensive organizations in the UK healthcare sector. We find that knowledge leadership involves agentic practices through which managers strive to actively become the knowledge object – personally transposing, appropriating or contending management research. This article contributes to the literature by advancing the concept of knowledge leadership in the work of mobilizing management research into organizational practice.

Type: Article
Title: Knowledge leadership: Mobilizing management research by becoming the knowledge object
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0018726715619686
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726715619686
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2015.
Keywords: evidence-based management, Foucault, healthcare management, knowledge mobilization, knowledge-intensive firm, management research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Applied Health Research
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1520064
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