Review Essay: Who and in What Ways Can Collaborate in Organizational Research?

  • Maaja Vadi University of Tartu
Keywords: organizational collaborative research, innovation, academic rigor, shared values


Collaborative research looks for true partnership between researchers and members of the business society. The book reviewed below combines the efforts of 35 contributors seeking to open up the field and illustrate collaborative research in the Swedish context in the last decade. The present review analyzes the book from the perspectives of innovation, academic rigor, and technical realization. It introduces many innovative aspects in management studies and creates aspirations to follow new paths. It also meets the academic traditions and expectations set for the technical presentation of studies, while showing that the role of shared values and critical attitude is somewhat underestimated in the book. The reviewer makes an attempt to show the role played by values in the process of the exchange of resources between academics and practitioners. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs050128


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Author Biography

Maaja Vadi, University of Tartu
Maaja VADI is Professor of Management in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Tartu (Estonia). Her research area covers organizational culture and its related topics such as values, collectivism, service quality etc. Recently she edited the book Organizational Culture in Estonia: Manifestations and Consequences (Tartu University Press 2003). She has also published numerous books on organization and management in Estonian, including the book Managers on Management: the Estonian Experience (1998 and 1999), which is based on 59 interviews with Estonian CEOs and high government officials.
How to Cite
Vadi, M. (2005). Review Essay: Who and in What Ways Can Collaborate in Organizational Research?. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(1).