2013 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference (HERC) – Key Insights and Outlook

highereducationresearch2013The 2013 HERC that took place in Paris Dauphine University on May 23-24th was a great success, concluded Prof. Ulrich Hommel. With more than 50 scholars participating, 20 competitively selected papers and 5 keynote speeches, this second edition of HERC has confirmed the role EFMD can play as a catalyst in the field of research.

“Since its creation, the Higher Education Research Conference was conceived with a long term perspective to stimulate research on and around business schools and higher education institutions. This is an important initiative for EFMD and we are fully satisfied with the achievements so far”, said Prof. Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General of EFMD.

Of remarkable insights were the conference’s keynote speeches. Prof. Jordi Canals delivered a talk on the impact of business schools on society. He insisted that there are nowadays new dimensions of impact that have to be taken into account (social innovation, job creation, fighting poverty, etc.) as well as long term challenges that he structured around the purpose of Business Schools, their intellectual foundations and their governance.

Then, Prof. Andrew Pettigrew presented a major research project he is undertaking on the present and future of the business school professionariate and the changing rules of the game. Finally, Prof. Hellen Hazelkorn introduced a more macro research policy perspective in the conference, by explaining how higher education had moved from elite-based education to a mass-production model, therefore challenging the idea of the university as an “ivory tower”. Thinking of higher education as part of an “eco-system”, Prof. Hazelkorn talked about some major current trends for more co-production of knowledge, engaged scholarship and demonstration of impact.

In his closing remarks, Prof. Andrew Pettigrew, Chair of the Research Steering Committee, was pleased to announce that Stockholm University School of Business will be the host of next year’s conference, which will also take place in May.

Full details on the 2013 conference can be found here. More information concerning the 2014 conference will be available later in the year.