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Using Review Articles to Address Societal Grand Challenges

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  • Sven Kunisch
  • Dodo zu Knyphausen-Aufseß, Technische Universität Berlins, Germany
  • Hari Bapuji, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Herman Aguinis, George Washington University, United States
  • Tima Bansal, Western University, London, Canada, Canada
  • Anne Tsui, Arizona State University, United States
  • Jonathan Pinto, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
We introduce a special issue of International Journal of Management Reviews that demonstrates how to use review articles to address societal grand challenges–complex, large-scale issues facing humankind, such as climate change, inequality, and poverty. First, we argue that review articles possess unique features that make them particularly useful for addressing societal grand challenges. Second, we discuss three distinct but related roles of review articles in addressing societal grand challenges: (1) advancing theoretical knowledge, (2) advancing methodological knowledge, and (3) advancing practical knowledge. The articles published in this special issue provide examples for each of these roles and, therefore, for how review articles can be used to address societal grand challenges. We conclude by providing future directions to enhance contributions of review articles for addressing societal grand challenges further by: (a) spanning disciplinary boundaries, (b) engaging practitioners, and (c) using alternative review approaches.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Management Reviews
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Mar 2023

    Research areas

  • societal grand challenges, wicked problems, literature reviews, review methodology, review articles, review research, research-practice gap, management and organizational sciences

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