Chapter 3: The Missing Conversation
Jay B. Barney Barney, Jay: Now for something entirely different. Much of the conversation last night (and especially this morning) seems to have been aimed primarily at our junior scholars. I suppose my conversation today is aimed primarily at senior scholars, both in entrepreneurship and in the field of management more generally. I want to talk about what I’m going to call ‘the missing conversation.’ My goal today, especially for the senior scholars, is literally to inspire some of you to change your research agendas. I use the word ‘inspire’ carefully. Don Hambrick (1994) issued a challenge to the Academy of Management in his presidential speech that was later published in the Academy of Management Review (AMR). The title of his article was ‘What if the Academy actually mattered?’ In this article Professor Hambrick hypothesizes the existence of an alternative to the Academy of Management that he calls ‘the Society for Administrative Science,’ or SAS. Not the best acronym in the world; but nevertheless, it would be an alternative professional organization that has as its mission to promote research and teaching that will enhance the administrative effectiveness and overall functioning of organizational enterprises. In this hypothetical world that Professor Hambrick generates, he notes, the SAS has been: instrumental in creating a Nobel Prize in administrative science; instrumental in writing a code of managerial ethics that is widely accepted by many firms; instrumental in creating a President’s Council of administrative advisors; and helpful in advising the Polish government on...
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