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Understanding and Tackling Societal Grand Challenges through Management Research

Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.191
· DOI :10.5465/amj.2016.4007
Gerard H. Gaynor46
Estimated H-index: 46
(Singapore Management University),
Jennifer Howard-Grenville19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Cambridge)
+ 1 AuthorsLaszlo Tihanyi32
Estimated H-index: 32
(A&M: Texas A&M University)
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Abstract
“Grand challenges” are formulations of global problems that can be plausibly addressed through coordinated and collaborative effort. In this Special Research Forum, we showcase management research ...
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