2016 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference

Hosted by: IESE Business School, University of Navarra

The event will start on: 10 Oct 16 13:00
And will end on: 11 Oct 16 21:00

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Innovations in Higher Education

Target Group
EFMD aims to facilitate research and a dialogue on topics related to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Business Schools by bringing together academics from management, higher education and related fields.

Keynote speakers
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Since 2012, EFMD is engaging in a community-building effort to encourage research on business schools and their role in higher education. The Annual EFMD Higher Education Research Conference is designed as an anchor event of this initiative. It serves as a platform to facilitate the cross-fertilization of research by scholars from management, higher education as well as other fields. The forthcoming conference in Barcelona will be the 5th such conference. Previous events have been hosted by The Lorange Institute in Switzerland (2012), Paris-Dauphine University in France (2013), Stockholm Business School of Stockholm University in Sweden (2014) and Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (2015).

Conference Organising Committees

  • Howard THOMAS, LKSSB Distinguished Professor of Strategic Management, Mastercard Professor of Social and Financial Entrepreneurship, Director of the Academic Strategy and Management Education Unit, Singapore Management University; Former Dean of College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA; Warwick Business School, UK, and Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Joan E. RICART, Carl Schrøder Professor of Strategic Management, IESE Business School, University of Navarra
  • Nadine BURQUEL, Director, EFMD Business Schools Services & EU Policy Studies in Higher Education
  • Cécilia HEIDELBERGER, Coordinator, Higher Education Research Conference & EU Policy Studies in Higher Education
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Will be announced in June once the selection of papers has taken place.

Practical Information

1. Venue
IESE Business School, University of Navarra
Avenida Pearson, 21
08034 Barcelona

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submission now

Who can submit Papers?

We are open to quality work from established scholars and from younger scholars entering these important fields of scholarship. We are also open to papers from scholars interested in the co-production of knowledge between scholars and practitioners and those interested in engaged scholarship whose purposes are to create more impactful social science and management research.

In which categories can you submit your papers?

We are inviting submissions of research work within the following three broad areas of academic inquiry:

  • Track 1: Innovations in forms of governance, management and organisation of higher education institutions
  • Track 2: Innovations in education
  • Track 3: Innovations in research

Review Process

All submissions will be subjected to a competitive review process. Preference will be given to papers which deal with new developments and discoveries in higher education management, management education or research on business schools. The developments could be work expanding or shaping new fields of inquiry, bringing new conceptual work into these fields from related parts of management and the social sciences, or new empirical findings. In addition, we are also welcoming papers which offer well-argued critiques of existing scholarship and in other ways challenge existing theories, methods and empirical findings.

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