Questioning media management scholarship: four parables about how to better develop the field

Robert G. Picard, Gregory Ferrell Lowe*

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Media management scholarship has achieved increasing maturity in recent years. While acknowledging significant accomplishment, the essay provides a critical assessment to stimulate discourse in the field about what is needed to achieve next stage development in theorisation and relevance for practice. The authors present four parables to illustrate the importance of what they suggest: (1) benefitting societies as well as media industries, and thus more carefully considering our intended role as researchers and educators, (2) building theory that is multidisciplinary and of broader relevance in the social sciences, (3) broadening the methods we employ in research, and (4) challenging ourselves and our students to be more ambitious in our commitments and intentions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Media Business Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016


  • Media management
  • intellectual development
  • methodology
  • multidisciplinary
  • scholarship
  • theorisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • Strategy and Management


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