Akadeemilise vabaduse ja vastutuse küsimuste alatähtsustamine ei tundu arukas. Väga üldises tähenduses. Riigi ja organisatsioonide aspektist on ilmselt mõistetav, kui soovitakse fokuseerida teatud küsimustele, sest kõikidele küsimustele fokuseerida ei ole võimalik. Eriti väikeses keeleruumis ja riigis. Samal ajal on ka organisatsioonide valdkonnas sfääre, mis küll retooriliselt on olulised, kuid kus praktikate tasandil toimub olemasoleva põlistamine ja stagneerumine hoolimata muutustest organisatsiooni visuaalis. Jah, normatiivsete seisukohtade paraadil lisan siin veel ühe. Tekst võiks huvi pakkuda ilmselt kõikidele inimestele. Lugeja leiab siit mõndagi uut ja hulgaliselt vanu, kuid paljudes organisatsioonides eitatud loogikaid.

Kontekstiks:

Recent years have witnessed the resurgence of severe forms of injustice around the world. The most notable are economic inequality, racial and gender discrimination, climate irresponsibility, and significant global healthcare disparities, as we have seen through the two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hoolimisest:

This is not surprising, since caring for practice is not incentivized for business school scholars.

Teadlased oma tornides:

keeping management scholars in the ivory tower may be a blessing in disguise for the public as much of their research has a credibility problem in its findings. The public may be better off not applying this research, given the doubts on the truthfulness of the published research results and the disconnect between the topics studied and the needs of society or business.

Vastutustundlik teadustöö:

The grass-roots movement ‘Responsible Research in Business and Management (Co-founders of RRBM, 2017, revised 2020) 2 was introduced in 2016 as a reaction to two major crises in management research, i.e., its scientific credibility and its usefulness.

Autorid seavad fookust:

The primary point of this essay is to discuss these two concepts in detail by asking what freedom means in our scientific inquiry and what responsibilities do we shoulder as social scientists working in the B&M field today.

On vaja uut …

the search for novelty may lead to authors’ risk-averse behavior, causing incremental research in the top journals. This type of research extends the boundaries of a field slightly but does not advance it in significant ways.

Vastutustundlikkuse kolm keskset küsimust:

Schulz (1972) 11proposed three essential questions to understand the concept of responsibility: a) Who is responsible? b) For what is one responsible? c) Toward whom one is responsible?

Kuidas siiski ületada teaduse-praktika kuritsikku?

For instance, those agencies with power – populated by senior scholars who progressed in the ecosystem, can help to reclaim our freedom, and respond to the call to be responsible social scientists. To contribute to a healthy, just, and thriving world will require clear definitions, understanding and practice of scientific freedom and scientific responsibility.

Tsui, A. S., & McKiernan, P. (2022). Understanding scientific freedom and scientific responsibility in business and management researchJournal of Management Studies.