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Role of Research in Effective Teaching in Business Schools. Workshop at IIM Bangalore on Feb 1, 2013 on “Building Quality in B Schools: Opportunities & Challenges” Ganesh N. Prabhu Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. What is happening in business schools?.

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Role of Research in EffectiveTeaching in Business Schools

Workshop at IIM Bangalore on Feb 1, 2013 on

“Building Quality in B Schools: Opportunities & Challenges”

Ganesh N. Prabhu

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore


What is happening in business schools?

  • Business school should teach students how to actually run a business – organize people, use technology, knowledge, factories, offices, etc.

  • Manager/owner who runs business will benefit from a more comprehensive business education.

  • But many business schools compartmentalize subjects and give specializations in the MBA.

  • Students (and even faculty ) with no real work experience memorize many subjects, but cannot connect across them to address real businesses.


What goes as business school research?

  • Business schools should research real business.

  • But many business schools compartmentalize research into specializations like in engineering.

  • These specialists publish in specialist journals that are unconnected to real business issues.

  • The over emphasis on few top journals means that many give up and do not make the effort.

  • Case writing is often on well known companies rather than what is useful for teaching purposes.

  • Writing for practitioners is often impractical!


What could be business school research?

  • Business schools should research real business.

  • Get students to work on real life issues in local organizations to identify ways to address them.

  • Connect them to faculty who can deal with these issues creatively and leverage existing knowledge.

  • Develop a detailed comprehensive write-up in simple language on what was actually done there.

  • Publish these write ups on our own website to start with - then move next version to journals.

  • Get our alumni to read these website write ups.


Impact of such business school research?

  • Business schools will get much desired visibility.

  • Alumni are more likely to sponsor such research.

  • Students will get to exercise minds on real issues.

  • Students and faculty will build their reputations.

  • Faculty will get to deal with issues across areas.

  • Faculty will learn to write in jargon free language.

  • Faculty will see their work is visible to managers.

  • Practitioner journals like Interfaces are more likely to publish what has worked in practice.


Impact of such research on teaching

  • Students will become more involved with faculty.

  • Faculty will build better teaching reputations

  • More alumni will come in to do guest sessions.

  • New faculty will get a head start in teaching.

  • Firms studied may give faculty board positions.

  • Faculty will collaborate in teaching across areas.

  • Faculty will communicate confidently/effectively.

  • Faculty may chose new research issues for PhD.

  • Eventually students are better prepared for jobs.


Tejas and Strategic Management Forum

  • Tejas is an IIMB website showcasing the best student projects guided and cleared by faculty.

  • Many projects are forward looking/actionable.

  • Leads to practitioner interactions and queries.

    http://tejas-iimb.orghttp://www.smfi.org

  • SMF started in 2004 offering 6 day faculty course

  • Foundation + 5 electives give faculty a certificate.

  • 663 faculty did foundation – about half at IIMB.

  • Many started with cases/project based research.


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