IMPACT SCHOLAR COMMUNITY

A community for early-career research scholars who want to connect research to impact. The community is supported by the Academy of Management (AOM) and hosted by the Organization and the Natural Environment AOM division.

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OUR VISION

The Impact Scholar Community was founded in April 2020 with the vision of establishing an online community of organizational scholars and educators conducting research to solve real-world problems. We define impact as evident when (1) our research changes how organizations and decision makers think and act; and (2) we use our position as academics to foster positive change beyond our immediate research insights.

Early-career scholars who want to have impact are often advised to wait until after tenure to begin having impact. However, impact cannot simply be added onto a well-established research program. We instead take the position that achieving impact requires building impact capabilities early in one’s career. The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrates the importance of good management and the potential for management research to contribute to preventing and solving real-world problems. The Impact Scholar Community explores how scholars can have impact throughout their academic lives.

This community is for researchers who believe in research impact on practice, have moved beyond asking ‘why have impact’ and instead are interested in exploring ‘how’. There are many challenges and opportunities of taking research and the researcher out of academia and into the public. This community is a space for dialogue around these opportunities and challenges. We will explore big ideas and concrete tips and advice on topics such as what it looks like to have impact, tensions between academic career progress and impact, and publishing impact research.

The Impact Scholar Community offers a virtual platform to connect scholars across the world in building impact into management academia. Kahn offers the concept of ‘barn raising’: “In frontier America when a family needed a barn and had limited labor and other resources, the entire community gathered to help them build the barn. The original family described the idea, the kind of barn they had in mind, picked the site, and the community pitched in and built it. Often the neighbors would suggest changes and improvements as they are built…". We aim to build on each other’s ideas, generate insights, and discuss concrete practices that will raise the impact of management research.


We would like to acknowledge support from the Academy of Management’s Strategic Project Fund. We welcome members from all AOM divisions. The Impact Scholar Community is hosted by the Academy of Management ONE Division.

 

Upcoming and Past Events

  • Publishing for Real-World Impact: Helping Engaged Scholars Navigating the Publication Process II AOM 2022 PDW
    Aug 06, 2:00 p.m.
    Seattle (Academy of Management 2022), Seattle, WA, USA
    Together with editor-authors pairs we will discuss the process of conducting and publishing research with impact. Panelists: Christine Beckman with Christiane Bode, Paula Jarzabkowski with Konstantinos Chalkias, Colin Higgins with Junghoon Park.
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  • Impact Happy Hour
    Fri, Jul 29
    Zoom
    Jul 29, 12:00 p.m. – Jul 30, 1:00 p.m.
    Zoom
    The ISC Happy Hour series is a monthly informal get-together to connect our rapidly growing community. This month's Happy Hour will be hosted by Nicholas Poggioli.
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  • Innovating Teaching for Impact
    May 25, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT
    Zoom
    At the ninth ISC event, we will talk with Christopher Laszlo (Case Western Reserve University), Steve Kennedy (Erasmus University), and Ruben Burga (University of Guelph) about innovative teaching programs that address students’ increasing aspiration to become change makers.
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ORGANIZING TEAM

 
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SYLVIA GREWATSCH

Assistant Professor for Strategy
(Brock University)

RESOURCES

Information material to build your impact creation capabilities

 
Books

RECOMMENDED READINGS ON IMPACT CREATION

October, 2021

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Successful Collaborations

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RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH IN BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (RRBM)

Client 2

ORGANIZATION AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT (AOM_ONE)

Client 3

NETWORK FOR BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY (NBS)

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GROUP FOR RESEARCH ON ORGANIZATIONS AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT (GRONEN)

 

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Join a vibrant team of volunteers!
Send an email to impactscholarcommunity@gmail.com .

 
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KATRIN HEUCHER

Postdoctoral Fellow
(University of Michigan)

Katrin is a member since April 2020. She volunteers to interview other community members and to write inspiring impact journey stories.

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