The oftentimes uneasy relationship between academics and practitioners becomes manifest as tensions. Among others, such tensions relate to differing logics, time dimensions, communication styles, rigor and relevance, and interests and incentives. The literature on tensions, dilemmas, dialectics, dualities, and paradoxes offers a rich repertoire of how actors can constructively work through tensions so as to move forward amid competing demands. However, dialogues between research on tensions and responses to them as well as academic–practitioner relationships have been sparse.
The panel symposium seeks to foster dialogues on the tensions that emerge in academic–practitioner relationships, as well as the practices through which organization and management scholars can respond to them. It does so by bringing together an esteemed panel of expert scholars who have provided major contributions to our understanding of academic–practitioner relationships, tensions, and responses to them.