Title: Changing the rules of the game in academic publishing: three scenarios in the field of management research

Authors: Julienne Brabet; Mustafa F. Özbilgin; Sibel Yamak

Addresses: UPEC, 61 Avenue Général de Gaulle, 94010 Créteil Cedex, France ' Brunel University London, Eastern Gateway 202G, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK ' Wolverhampton Business School, University of Wolverhampton, Nursery Street City Campus Molineux, MN Building MN007, Wolverhampton, WV1 1AD, UK

Abstract: The field of academic publishing is under multiple pressures to transform as it suffers from crises of confidence partly due to the mass marketisation, deterioration of relevance and decline of collaborative scientific ethos that it has experienced. The paper offers a provocation based on a multilevel analysis of the present academic (business) model of knowledge production and dissemination, and its consequences. It then presents three alternative futuristic scenarios. The first one is based on a fully commercialised approach to publishing. The second scenario promotes an open science approach and the third one explores a complete overhaul of our current approach to management research. The paper has implications for governance of the field of publishing in management research into the future and aims to alert the actors in the sector to the vices of the mass marketisation of academic publishing.

Keywords: academic publishing; commercial academic publishers; open science; management education and research; illusio; Bourdieu; academic game; relevance; societal impact.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBGE.2021.118628

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2021 Vol.15 No.4, pp.477 - 495

Received: 25 May 2021
Accepted: 20 Jun 2021

Published online: 08 Oct 2021 *

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