Academic journal article Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Editorial

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I am delighted to introduce in this issue the first JANZAM Leading Scholar Paper. We intend that this will be a periodic feature of the Journal, in which the leading members of our research community are invited to reflect on - and to challenge - the field of their special expertise. We are delighted that Dexter Dunphy accepted our invitation to launch this new series. A fuller introduction precedes his paper.

The introspection and self-assessment that is edging into our field - as witnessed by the special forum in the April 2001 Academy of Management Journal - is being expressed here too. Ever since Don Hambrick first gave voice to the dark question that stalks our days as management academics in his 1993 presidential address, we all have to confront the challenge "What if the Academy actually mattered?". We face this daily as teachers, from students who demand economic as well as intellectual return for their time with us; and as researchers as we send our thoughts out into the world, never knowing where they will find root and have their effect.

I suspect that motivations like these lie behind two of the papers in this issue: Kay Dimmock, Helen Breen and Marie WaIo's evaluation of perceived improvements in competencies during a tourism and hospitality programme; and also Pamela Mathews' assessment of the role that academics can play in a world of changing management practice: leader or follower? …

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