AOM Scholars On… Measuring Real World Impact of Scholarly Research

13 Jul 2022
How are academic scholars turning their insights and career work into solutions for society’s problems?

Every day, academic research is produced to inform the world’s biggest issues, from informing business decisions to shaping policy and worker/workplace behavior. Some critics suggest many academics focus on esoteric areas with little relevance to society. 

So, how are academic scholars turning their insights and career work into solutions for society’s problems?

AOM Scholars share their expertise, experience, and research-based insights on the positive impact that can be made by scholarly research and feature discussions regarding: 

  • Academic influence and the quest to promote public good 
  • How scholars and academics can translate research into tangible change 
  • Aligning with field practitioners 
  • Barriers for academics in providing social change
  • The future of academia and fostering a culture of change
  • Use cases from SMEs (may include research impacting the following areas):
    • Economic development
    • Benefitting society and the environment
    • International business and trade

Panel Moderator

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Jean Bartunek, Boston College

Jean Bartunek is a professor of management and organization at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College. She is a past president of the Academy of Management, and received AOM's Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Service in 2009. She is also a past Dean of the Fellows of the Academy of Management, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and the Center for Evidence-Based Management.

Jean has served as an associate editor for the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, and the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Her most recent edited book is titled: Social Scientists Confronting Global Crises (Routledge; 2022)

Her research centers on academic-practitioner relationships and organizational change. Jean's notable published AOM research includes:


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Usha Haley, Wichita State University

Usha Haley is the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business, and professor of management at Wichita State University. She is also Director, Center for International Business Advancement and elected Chair, World Trade Council of Wichita. 

Her most recent book is titled: Impact & the Management Researcher

Usha’s research explores international management and management education, social issues and measurement of scholarly impact. Her research has been covered in the major international media including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Marketplace, and The New York Times

Usha’s notable published AOM research includes:


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Carol Kulik, University of South Australia

Carol Kulik is a Bradley Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of South Australia (UniSA Business) and a senior researcher at UniSA’s Center for Workplace Excellence. She is also a past president of the Academy of Management.  Her book, Human Resources for the non-HR Manager, makes research on human resource management accessible to line managers with no formal training in human resources.  

Carol's research focuses on the effective management of workforce diversity, with a particular emphasis on gender and age. Her notable published AOM research includes:


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Leon Prieto, Clayton State University

Leon Prieto is a professor of management and the Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at the Clayton State University. He also serves as an Visiting Research Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.

His first book (coauthored with Dr. Simone Phipps) is titled: African American Management History: Insights on Gaining a Cooperative Advantage. Leon's research has received recognition from Thinkers50, the Academy of Management and the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

His research focus areas are management history, critical management studies, social issues in management and management education.

Leon’s notable published AOM research includes: