Forbes contributor Christian Stadler writes an important article entitled, “Should Managers Read Academic Articles,” that discusses the value of academic journals in the world of management and business. He uses Rita McGrath’s popular book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business, as an example of a common phenomenon: “Ideas which managers and consultants pick up from successful books have often been discussed in academic journals for years. The problem is that much of that literature is inaccessible to managers. It is full of cumbersome jargon, heavily focused on theory, and there is so much of it that it is hard to find the most relevant articles.” Listed are seven journals that stand out from the others: Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and Research Policy. The article makes it clear that accessing and reading academic literature is not necessarily easy. One suggestion on where to go for help is “to approach someone from your field of interest,” such as a professor. “Most professors should be able to point towards a few interesting articles and some will be able to tell you which ideas currently being discussed are most relevant to you.”

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