The Engaged Scholar

Andrew Hoffman seeks to inspire academic scholars to bring their work to the publics that need it, and to inspire administrators to make public engagement more acceptable and legitimate within their institutions; to enlarge the tent to be inclusive of multiple ways that one enacts the role of academic scholar in service to today’s world

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Scholarly impact and the co-production hypothesis

How can we make academic research into management more relevant to practitioners? Andrew Pettigrew has some suggestions. There is, to say the least, some scepticism throughout the management community about the impact of management research – who listens, who notices, what consequences does it have?

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Why management history matters…

The economic crisis has prompted many to call for a greater emphasis on studying the history of business and management. Morgen Witzel looks at the lessons that could be learned and why they are so important.

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Tomorrow starts here

Traditional degrees are not about to disappear, but the content of these degrees, the way these degrees are earnt, the approach to study for these degrees and those seeking the degrees may all change in the next few years. Many undergraduates will still want to study on campus in a linear fashion, but a growing number may want to intersperse study with work, and may want all of their studies to be wrapped digitally, with some of their studies delivered at a distance.

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Employer Views

Whatever tomorrow’s business school looks like, it will need to continue to help students advance their careers, whether that’s at the start of employment or as their careers progress. For students, investing in business education will still mean seeking a return that boosts their employability. Those from Africa and the Middle East are most likely to expect to start a business or work for themselves at some point in their life. Those from Central and South America are most likely to still expect to be working in their 70s; twice as likely as Europeans or North Americans, while those from South Asia are most likely to expect to move country to follow their preferred career.

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Faculty and Professional Staff Views

Business schools already seem to have glimpsed at least part of what the future might hold, although making the change may be more difficult. Both faculty and professional staff say they want to work at schools that challenge world views by combining innovative and critical thinking, that encourage staff and students to challenge the status quo and think differently, that have a focus on social responsibility and if all this leads to their school being well ranked, that’s a bonus, but not a priority.

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Experience of the Lockdown

The nature of the business school offer has come under particular scrutiny during the pandemic of recent months with many schools switching to some form of online learning.

The student experience of this move to online learning has been mixed. CarringtonCrisp and EFMD have run the GenerationWeb study for 13 years, primarily examining student views of best practice on business school websites. This year the study went further seeking student views on their experience of studying through the lockdown.

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Student Views

Students responding to the See the Future study already knew the future would be different, that they would work longer than their parents and that they would need to reskill to stay in employment; they understood that a degree is no longer for life, that their future will not be like our past.

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See the future 2020

One thing the world is not short of at the moment is predictions. Stuck at home for recent months, many people have had a lot of time to think about the future of business education, and much more besides. So why would you want to read another set of predictions? Seven years ago, EFMD and…

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North meets South: a call for inclusive global research

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health, economic and humanitarian crisis, it is laying bare some undeniable truths in societies worldwide. By Smaranda Boros, Anita Bosch and Yuliya Shymko The COVID-19 pandemic is emphasising the extent of inequalities, both between and within societies. In the dynamics between nations, these inequalities revolve around the reliance…

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Time to right a wrong?

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‘Formulaic, cautious, dull and unreadable.’ Dennis Tourish struggles to understand management research papers.   Many decisions in organisations are taken in spite of evidence that they do more harm than good. Consider the use of stock options as a compensation strategy. Originally intended to align the behaviours of managers with those of shareholders, unintended consequences quickly…

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Responsible research – some critical reflections

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Fredrik Andersson welcomes the growing debate on “responsible research” but wonders if it goes too far or not far enough.   “Imagine a world where business or management research is used widely in practice by business and other non-business organizations to improve the lives of people in our societies.” This is the tag line of…

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