Thanks for that comprehensive response, Adrian.

The process you describe, by which ‘practising managers’ (I presume it also applies to professional consultants as practitioners) learn and adopt ‘scholarly ways’ on their journey towards a PhD, and so bridge or close the gap, is very plausible.

While the actual activities necessary to complete the doctorate are without doubt crucial to this, I wonder to what extent it is also mediated by the mindset that triggers the PhD study in the first place. That would suggest that those practitioners sharing this mindset, but for one reason or another, do not pursue a PhD, can also become bridge-spanners of sorts – maybe not as effective as a true doctor, but still better than someone stuck at one side of the Chasm of Despair.

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