Journal quality grading: a critical appraisal

P.A. Lynch, E. Blaxter

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    Abstract

    A critical examination is undertaken of United Kingdom journal ranking lists in business and management in relation to 'peripheral' industry-facing subjects using hospitality and tourism as an exemplar, with particular focus upon methodological and social construction processes. The paper adds to limited critical literature by contributing to recognising the power structures and contested nature of power underlying list creation. Lists contribute to discourse construction in the workplace and the wider academic community bringing many organisational and managerial benefits. However, a Bourdieuian analysis suggests they also reflect symbolic violence, bad faith, and raises questions of transparency, integrity and ethics, as well as generating criticisms in respect of their reliability and validity. Theoretical issues are debated and practical recommendations are made in order to raise the standards of list construction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2010
    EventBritish Academy of Management Conference - Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Duration: 14 Sep 201016 Sep 2010

    Conference

    ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CitySheffield
    Period14/09/1016/09/10

    Keywords

    • journal quality grading
    • critical
    • Bourdieu
    • power
    • higher education

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    Lynch, P. A., & Blaxter, E. (2010). Journal quality grading: a critical appraisal. Paper presented at British Academy of Management Conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom.