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Understanding and Tackling Societal Grand Challenges through Management Research

Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
· DOI :10.5465/amj.2016.4007
Gerard H. Gaynor45
Estimated H-index: 45
(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 that examines societal problems that individuals, organizations, communities, and nations face around the world. We develop a framework to guide future research to provide systematic empirical evidence on the formulation, articulation, and implementation of grand challenges. We highlight several factors that likely enhance or suppress the attainment of collective goals, and identify representative research questions for future empirical work. In so doing, we aspire to encourage management scholars to engage in tackling broader societal challenges through their collaborative research and collective insight.
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 7
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Jianjun Zhang11
Estimated H-index: 11
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Estimated H-index: 22
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 14
(Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 5
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Estimated H-index: 28
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 7
(IU: Indiana University),
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Estimated H-index: 11
(UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 18
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 21
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Estimated H-index: 15
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Estimated H-index: 8
(UI: University of Iowa)
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 4
(LBS: London Business School),
Anita M. McGahan33
Estimated H-index: 33
(U of T: University of Toronto)
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Wolfgang Sofka11
Estimated H-index: 11
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Estimated H-index: 17
(CBS: Copenhagen Business School)
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 35
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal7.19
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Estimated H-index: 72
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