Practitioner scholarship is a promising avenue for addressing the gap between academic research and practice. To advance the objective of publishing the findings of practitioner scholarship, we develop the concept of pragmatic rigor, which is intended to complement but not replace scientific rigor. We propose four principles of pragmatic rigor: relevance, actionability, comprehensibility, and ethical reasoning. For each principle, we develop associated criteria for conducting and evaluating practical research. Pragmatic principles are relevant to the research process, from choice of topic to final evaluation by journal reviewers. We believe that applying these principles can advance the practical value of studies and help to bridge the gap between scholars and practitioners.
Robey, Daniel; Taylor, Wallace T.F; and Grabowski, Louis J.
"Pragmatic Rigor: Principles and Criteria for Conducting and Evaluating Practitioner Scholarship,"
Engaged Management ReView: Vol. 2
, Article 2.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.28953/2375-8643.1053
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