The rigor versus relevance debate of management research is ongoing. We
contribute to this discussion by contrasting alternative assumptions about
generating management knowledge and linking knowledge generation to academic
governance. Specifically, we show that knowledge-by-representation dominates
the field and is reinforced by the governance structures and processes guiding
our academic management journals, peer review, and business school practices.
We propose governance changes in academic publishing to encourage innovative
research that may also generate knowledge-by-exemplification with strong ties
to management practice.