Leading HR academics discuss bridging the gap between academic research and real-life practice

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE and Professor Paul Sparrow feature in two short videos discussing the origins and aims of the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance (JOEPP), and how the journal impacts on real world working and HR practices.

How can JOEPP help practitioners?

JOEPP was launched by Emerald Publishing in 2014 – with world-renowned social science experts Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE and Professor Paul Sparrow as co-editors – after identifying the need for a journal that would tackle the issues of performance in the workplace and take a broader view of the challenges faced by HR professionals.

Prof Cooper has long been an advocate for the idea of "impact", believing that research conducted by social scientists should be applicable and transferrable to real world working practices, as opposed to simply being for academic audiences. JOEPP acts as a bridge between academics and practitioners, offering HR-focused journals, written by leading academics, while also including the thoughts and opinions of practitioners, providing practitioners with answers to current problems faced within the workplace.

Video interview with Sir Cary Cooper and Professor Paul Sparrow: Part One


When asked for three words that best describe the journal, Prof Cooper and Prof Sparrow said:

Prof Cooper         

  • Impact                        
  • Relevance                    
  • Usefulness                    

Prof Sparrow

  • Innovative
  • Fresh thinking
  • Critical 

Why should academics submit their research to JOEPP?

In the second short video, Profs. Cooper and Sparrow discuss the reach and impact of JOEPP, and what authors should be considering when submitting their research to a particular journal.

It almost goes without saying that visibility and reach of one's research is important, but being able to measure the impact research has on policies is fundamental within HR.

With a high level of downloads and great visibility within professional institutions, JOEPP has a wide ranging reach of academics and practitioners.  It reaches policy makers, the ones who can convert science into practice, thus extending the visibility and impact of their research, bringing the academic and professional communities together.

Prof Cooper and Sparrow are proud advocates of the theories and research published within the journal. The editorial board consists of leading academics from prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cornell, Warwick, London Business School and Rutgers – an authorship team combining many years' wisdom and experience.  

Video interview with Sir Cary Cooper and Professor Paul Sparrow: Part Two

About the Editors of JOEPP

Cary Cooper.Sir Cary Cooper CBE 
Cary Cooper has been described as the media's first choice for comment on workplace issues  and was appointed CBE in the 2001 Birthday Honours and was knighted at the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to social science.

Paul Sparrow.Professor Paul Sparrow 
Paul Sparrow is Emeritus Professor of International HRM at Lancaster University and is the winner of the 2016 SHRM Michael R. Losey Award for lifetime achievement in HR research. 

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