Stuart Macdonald was, until recently, Professor of Information and Organisation at the University of Sheffield. His research has long been on the role that information plays in innovation and in change more generally. It is from what he calls an ‘information perspective’ that a range of issues have been investigated. These currently include work on intellectual property rights, particularly patenting by universities; management consultants and especially their role in the BBC; high technology as myth; the importance of copying in innovation, and on the performance of the Advanced Institute of Management. A major research strand has emerged almost by accident: the role performance indicators play in academic publishing. He is also general editor of Prometheus, a journal that takes a critical stance in its attitude to the study of innovation.
The Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) spent nearly £30 million of ESRC money in over a decade in an attempt to raise the dismal standard of research in management studies. AIM determined to back the academic rather than the research proposal, a bold and worthy venture that was always likely to fail. And fail it […]
In a recently published paper, Stuart Macdonald, Visiting Professor at the School, critically assesses the performance of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) The AIM was established by the UK government in 2002 for the sake of advancing the scholarly standing of management research within and beyond the academy. This cause was, for the […]
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