Summer 2014 to Fall 2017
This project began unexpectedly three years ago. The original idea came from the then Director of Research and Survey of EFMD, Ulrich Hommel who is also Professor of Finance at the EBS Business School in Germany. He invited Anne Tsui to form a senior scholar team to identify solutions to problems in business school research. We knew it would be difficult, but we agreed that it was worth a try. We agreed that this would be a community (not an EFMD) project with the goal to transform the research culture toward meaningful scholarship for the business and management research field. The following is a chronology of the major activities in the past three and a quarter years. As is evident from the chronology, there was not a grand plan. We did not know what the future might unfold. It was like “crossing the river by touching the stones”1, one step at a time. The formation of a team of 24 senior scholars from five business disciplines into a community for responsible research along with four institutional supporters is a miracle itself. We represent ourselves and are not representatives of our institutions. The team agreed that we would evaluate our progress on an annual basis. We should be ready and willing to end the project when progress does not suggest a promising trajectory. We should avoid committing to a failing cause. The team worked primarily online with a face-to-face meeting every six months to discuss our activities and define the next step. After three years, our journey is continuing, but still not sure what the future will hold. We are well aware of the difficulty of changing a complex inter-twined ecosystem that sustains the current research culture and practices. The team is cautiously optimistic because we have received favorable responses so far and are already seeing some related and important changes initiated by different groups. Today, the community of 28 has grown to 108. We will continue touching one stone at a time in crossing the river of challenging currents.
October 1st, 2017