Challenging Proposals from European Scholars
Edited by Stephanie Dameron and Thomas Durand
11. What about books in the evaluation process? Julienne Brabet and Thomas Durand1 This SFM green paper looks at the role of books and monographs, and their evaluation in scientific production in the field of management. Can a published book by a researcher in management be considered to be a scholarly production or even a scientific publication? If yes, under what conditions, to what extent and how? In other fields, for example history or sociology, such a question may seem surprising. Nonetheless, it is nowadays being asked seriously in management. Some institutions and some evaluating authorities assess the production of their faculty solely based on articles published in preselected lists of journals. Such assessment processes exclude, either explicitly or implicitly, the publication of books. Yet the forms of scholarly production can vary. Indeed, research findings span a wide range (highlighting a new practice, presenting a new theory, articulating a case study around a new issue, and so on) and may require different means of publication (for example article, thesis or book). Self-contained books can themselves take various forms: research monographs, collations of chapters gathered around a common theme, essays, textbooks, compilations of case studies, and so on. The issue of taking into account the publication of books in evaluating the scientific production of a management researcher is intrinsically tied to the wider issue of evaluating publications and teaching material. It is, however, difficult to look at evaluating means without considering the economic and cultural aspects of the production, publishing and...
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