Role of Research in Effective Teaching in Business

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Role of Research in Effective Teaching in Business Schools Workshop at IIM Bangalore on

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? • Business school should teach students how to

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

What goes as business school research? • Business schools should research real business. •

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.

What could be business school research? • Business schools should research real business. •

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.

Impact of such business school research? • Business schools will get much desired visibility.

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.

Impact of such research on teaching • Students will become more involved with faculty.

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 Ph. D.

Tejas and Strategic Management Forum • Tejas is an IIMB website showcasing the best

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. org http: //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.