Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

A Message from the Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

A Message from the Editor

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Welcome to the January, 2011 issue of JAME. We begin the year with a thought-provoking article from some senior contributors to our field. David VanFleet, Michele Kacmar, Ricky Griffin, Robert Ford, and Jack Duncan ask us to consider the relative merits of applied and basic research in their article "Towards Finding the Balance of Art and Science in Management: A Market Approach to Valuing Management Research," and suggest that our focus should be on the rigor of the research as opposed to the type of research and that our educational institutions would be well advised to foster both types of research. This discussion will surely be of interest to all of us in considering our own research agendas.

Next, Lloyd Stebbins and Eric Dent have authored an article entitled, "Job Satisfaction and Organizational Culture." They extend previous research on this topic with a 3500 person study across 35 organizations in the public and private sectors. Through a series of hypotheses, the authors examine three propositions relating culture with individual job satisfaction. Third, Karen Couture and Kathleen Johnson present "The Persistent Disadvantage Facing Mothers Working in Gender-Neutral Organizations. Their study builds on previous research which indicates a negative perception of employees who are mothers as opposed to fathers and females without children in jobs which are male-typed. This study focuses on perceptions of undergraduate students regarding cases presented to them of males and females in gender-neutral occupations who were requesting parental leave as opposed to those who were not. As might be expected, females requesting leave to care for infants at home were seen, among other things, as being less competent and more likely to turn down a promotion.

Our fourth article, "Students' Perceptions of Ethical Behavior-A Comparison of Attitudes towards Entrepreneurs and Traditional Business Managers, is written by John Batchelor, Michael Harris, Shanan Gibson, and Leo Simpson who compared the attitudes of business students regarding the ethical behavior of entrepreneurs and business managers. While these students in the aggregate felt entrepreneurs were more ethical than traditional managers, interesting differences were found when the respondent group was broken down by gender and ethnicity.

Our final article in this issue is by Gordon Hunter and is entitled, "Understanding the Common Causes of Small Business Failures: A Qualitative Study," and is based on interviewing 3 experts on the failure of small businesses who related 12 specific incidents from which the author was able to extrapolate controllable and uncontrollable issues facing the small business owner. …

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