The paths of management scientific research in search of the lost relevance
Abstract The social relevance of research in Management has been the subject of several papers. This study aims to contribute to the understanding of the evolution of this reflexive current, offering a map with a historical trajectory of this discussion in the international field and seeking to foment debates in Brazil. To achieve our goal, we performed a citation network analysis on a basis containing 780 articles. We identified the top citers, the top cites, and the main path of the network, which showed the trajectory of development for the literature in the field since the 1960s. We noted that the distinct logics present in the discussion resulted in a plurality of approaches and perspectives. We conclude that the field is still evolving. However, the debates offer paths and solutions that may be incorporated into the research practices of business schools. Based on the findings of the research, we advocate a practical orientation for Brazilian research. Such orientation might be based on efforts for the development of research aimed at relevance, maintaining, however, the pursuit of scientific rigor.