Understanding and tackling societal grand challenges through management research

Gerard George, Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Aparna Joshi, Laszlo Tihanyi

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"Grand challenges" are formulations of global problems that can be plausibly addressed through coordinated and collaborative effort. In this Special Research Forum, we showcase management research that examines societal problems that individuals, organizations, communities, and nations face around the world. We develop a framework to guide future research to provide systematic empirical evidence on the formulation, articulation, and implementation of grand challenges. We highlight several factors that likely enhance or suppress the attainment of collective goals, and identify representative research questions for future empirical work. In so doing, we aspire to encourage management scholars to engage in tackling broader societal challenges through their collaborative research and collective insight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1880-1895
Number of pages16
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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