Understanding the theory-practice gap in selection: A discourse analytic approach

Bolander, P. and Sandberg, J. (2007). Understanding the theory-practice gap in selection: A discourse analytic approach. In: The Third Organization Studies Summer Workshop. The Third Organization Studies Summer Workshop: ‘Organization Studies as Applied Science: The Generation and Use of Academic Knowledge about Organizations’, Crete, Greece, (1-51). 7–9 June 2007.

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Author Bolander, P.
Sandberg, J.
Title of paper Understanding the theory-practice gap in selection: A discourse analytic approach
Conference name The Third Organization Studies Summer Workshop: ‘Organization Studies as Applied Science: The Generation and Use of Academic Knowledge about Organizations’
Conference location Crete, Greece
Conference dates 7–9 June 2007
Convener Paula Jarzabkowski, Susan Mohrman, Andreas Georg Scherer,
Proceedings title The Third Organization Studies Summer Workshop   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher European Group for Organizational Studies
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 51
Total pages 51
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The study reported here explores the experienced discrepancy between organization theory and practice by adopting a discourse analytic approach and investigating in close detail how selection decisions are made in situ. The findings show that selection decision is not informed by technical rationality as prescribed by prevalent selection models but by a considerably different logic, namely practical deliberation. It challenges the commonly held views that the discrepancy between theory and practice in selection decision is either related to a failed transfer of knowledge between academia and practice or to a poor collaboration between practitioners and researchers in the production of knowledge. Instead, the findings suggest that the main reason to the discrepancy is that most theories assume that selection decision is based on technical rationality when it is not. It is argued that as long as we continue to produce theories that impose technical rationality on the practice of selection decision the discrepancy will remain.
Subjects 150305 Human Resources Management
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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