The following is an excerpt from the introduction to this article:
The scientist–practitioner gap in the field of industrial-organizational psychology refers to the poor connection between evidence generated by academia and the perceived practicality and use of that evidence by practitioners in industry (Aguinis, et al., 2017; Levy, 2017). This gap is the result of many complex issues, two of which are: (a) practitioners moving away from established evidence-based practices rooted in the scientific literature, and (b) academics conducting research that is perceived to have little to no practical relevance to the applied world. I-O psychology is recognized as an applied discipline, and a sizable gap between practitioners and scientists limits the effectiveness of both (O’Neil, 2008).
Islam, S., Chetta, M. H., Martins, A., van Govan, D., Kozikowski, A., & Needhammer, J. (2018). The Scientist–Practitioner Gap Among Master’s Level I-O Psychology Practitioners: A Text-Analytic Exploration. Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 55 (3). Retrieved from https://touroscholar.touro.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1047&context=dbs_pubs