How to Do Relevant Research – part 3: 

Managing Multi-Faceted and Multi-Directional Relationships


Speakers: Dr Philip H. Mirvis, Dr. Rob Cross and Dr. Susan Albers Mohrman


Generating and disseminating knowledge relevant to practice requires expanding our conceptual and empirical reach and our aspirations for impact beyond our institutional and discipline-based communities. Using case examples, we focus on the many and multi-faceted relational challenges we face: forming relationships that expand our conceptual and empirical reach; multi-directional communication and exchange of knowledge across boundaries; and addressing challenges associated with doing research in the context of conflicting stakeholder purposes and perspectives. We emphasize the importance of reflection, a clear and transparent sense of purpose, multi-directional communication, and collaboration.


Time: Thursday, 2nd of December at 7am (Pacific) / 10am (Eastern) / 3pm (London) / 8.30pm (Delhi). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes (including Q&A).


Registration: Please register here to receive a personalized Zoom link.


Recommended reading:

  • Mirvis, P.H., Mohrman, S.A., & Worley, C.G. (forthcoming, October, 2021).  How to do Relevant Research:  From the Ivory Tower to the Real World. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Edmondson, A. (2011) Crossing boundaries to investigate problems in the field: An approach to useful research. In Mohrman, S. and Lawler, E. (eds.), Useful Research: Advancing Theory and Practice. San Francisco: Berrett-Kohler, p. 50.
  • Mirvis, P. H. (1982) Know thyself and what thou art doing: Bringing values and sense into organizational research. American Behavioral Scientist26(2), 177-197.
  • Shani, A.B. & Coughlan, D. (2021) Collaborative Inquiry for Organization Development and Change. Cheltenham, Eng.: Edward-Elgar Publishers.



  • Philip H. Mirvis (Senior Research Fellow, Babson College)
  • Rob Cross (Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Leadership, Babson College & Research Director and Co-Founder of Collective Commons)
  • Susan Albers Mohrman (Senior Research Scientist, University of Southern California)


This event is supported by Responsible Research in Business and Management (


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