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Practicing Impact and Impacting Practice? Creating Impact through Practice-Based Scholarship

Hamdali, Y., Skade, L., Jarzabkowski, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-8674-6628 , Nicolini, D., Reinecke, J., Vaara, E. & Zietsma, C. (2023). Practicing Impact and Impacting Practice? Creating Impact through Practice-Based Scholarship. Journal of Management Inquiry, doi: 10.1177/10564926231219621


This curated debate provides a discussion on impact and its relation to practice-based scholarship, i.e., scholarship grounded in the social theories of practice. Five experienced senior scholars reflect on conceptualizations of impact, how it can be created and disseminated, and on the role of practice-based scholarship in this process. The authors discuss the role of researchers as members of the academic system, their activities related to generating, developing, and challenging new theory, and their reflexive relation to the research context when explaining their research to stakeholders to create knowledge and thus, for impacting practice. To suggest ways of practicing impact, their contributions also conceptualize impactful theory and reflect on the relationship between the production and usage of knowledge. These insights are an important contribution to the debate on scholarly impact and provide critical guidance for impactful scholarly work beyond conventional concepts.

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Additional Information: Copyright, 2023, the authors. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page ( Request permissions for this article.
Publisher Keywords: Practice theory, impact, practice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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