Taylorizing Business School Research: On the 'One Best Way' Performative Effects of Journal Ranking Lists

Mingers, J. and Willmott, H. (2013) Taylorizing Business School Research: On the 'One Best Way' Performative Effects of Journal Ranking Lists. Human Relations, 66 (8). pp. 1051-1073. ISSN 0018 7267. (Full text available)

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Abstract

The article critically examines how work is shaped by performance measures. Its specific focus is upon the use of journal lists, rather than the detail of their construction, in conditioning the research activity of academics. It is argued that an effect of the ‘one size fits all’ logic of journal lists is to endorse and cultivate a research monoculture in which particular criteria, favoured by a given list, assume the status of a universal benchmark of performance (‘research quality’). The article demonstrates, with reference to the Association of Business Schools (ABS) ‘Journal Guide’, how use of a journal list can come to dominate and define the focus and trajectory of a field of research, with detrimental consequences for the development of scholarship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: journal lists, knowledge development, performance measurement, performativity, research evaluation, Taylorization, work culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 14:12
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 15:45
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32785 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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