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Responsible Management Education – Are Schools Walking Their Talk?

August 3, 2015

business-graphics-1428641-m[We’re pleased to welcome Andreas Rasche of Copenhagen Business School. Dr. Rasche recently published an article in the July issue of Journal of Management Inquiry with Dirk Ulrich Gilbert of the University of Hamburg entitled “Decoupling Responsible Management Education: Why Business Schools May Not Walk Their Talk.”]

In the recent past business school education has been increasingly in the line of fire. The public, politicians, and scholars alike blamed business schools to educate the wrong people in the wrong ways, paving the way for irresponsible management practices. Driven by discussions about whether and to what extent business schools contributed to the 2008-2009 financial crisis and to large-scale corporate accounting scandals, the discourse on responsible management education has gained traction. Schools are increasingly asked to educate students in a way that they build up knowledge related to corporate responsibility, sustainability, and ethics. Numerous initiatives have problematized “traditional” management education by calling on business schools to adapt to new realities. Initiatives like the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) have called on business schools to embed relevant discussions into their curricula and extracurricular activities. These initiatives are popular and many schools publicly support their underlying agenda (e.g., 554 schools had signed onto PRME as of July 2014).

Our paper that appears in Journal of Management Inquiry titled “Decoupling Responsible Management Education – Why Business Schools JMI_72ppiRGB_powerpointMay Not Walk Their Talk” offers a hard look at the soft practice of responsible management education. We argue that responsible management education increasingly exposes schools to institutional pressures that can hardly be neglected (e.g., due to changing accreditation criteria). We further argue that while schools may respond to these pressures by modifying some of their formal structures (e.g., new policies and committees), there is a risk that under certain conditions they will decouple these structures from everyday organizational practices. Our analysis explores these conditions and suggests that decoupling is likely to occur when: (1) schools only have limited resources available, (2) there is resistance by powerful organizational actors, (3) schools face competing non-aligned institutional pressures, and when (4) organizational actors perceive institutional demands as ambiguous and hence believe that symbolic adoption will remain undiscovered.

We are not claiming that all business schools decouple talk from action when it comes to responsible management education. What we are claiming is that due to the organizational characteristics of business schools (e.g., protection of academic freedom) and the specific nature of institutional pressures surrounding responsible management education, there is a risk that some schools may decouple relevant structural effects. We believe that a discussion of whether, how and why business schools may decouple responsible management education is timely. As of July 2014, 43 schools were delisted from the PRME initiative for failure to comply with the initiative’s mandatory reporting requirements, while nine schools decided to withdraw from the initiative. The bottom line is this: If we really want schools to educate more responsible business leaders, we need to start a discussion about what enables and, most of all, impedes implementation. “Quick fixes”, like adding more elective courses with relevant content, are unlikely to do the job.

You can read “Decoupling Responsible Management Education: Why Business Schools May Not Walk Their Talk” from Journal of Management Inquiry for free for the next two weeks by clicking here. Want to have all the latest research like this from Journal of Management Inquiry sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

rascheAndreas Rasche is professor of business in society at the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and research director of the CBS World-Class Research Environment on “Governing Responsible Business.” He holds a PhD (Dr.rer.pol.) from European Business School, Germany, and a habilitation (Dr.habil.) from Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg. His research focuses on corporate responsibility standards (particularly the UN Global Compact), the political role of corporations in transnational governance, and the governance of global supply networks. More information is available at Dirk Ulrich Gilbert is a professor of business ethics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He received his PhD from

gilbertDirk Ulrich Gilbert is a professor of business ethics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He received his PhD from Johann Wolfgang Goethe–University in Frankfurt (Germany) and held positions at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) and the University of Nuremberg (Germany). His most recent research focuses on management education, international accountability standards, and deliberative democracy. He published in internationally acclaimed journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Management International Review, and the Journal of Business Ethics.

Don’t Miss the 2015 ICHRIE Summer Conference!

July 31, 2015

2015_ICHRIE_Conf_logoToday is the final day of the 2015 Annual International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Summer Conference in Orlando, Florida! The Annual Conference promises to be filled with new and innovative educational research, exciting displays at the ICHRIE Marketplace and numerous opportunities to take advantage of networking with members and guests.

International CHRIE continues to be the leader in providing a forum for and facilitating the exchange of knowledge, ideas, research, industry trends, products and services related to education, training and resource development for the hospitality, tourism and culinary arts industry. This exchange is noticeably prevalent through the energetic and thought-provoking dialogue which occurs at ICHRIE conferences and Federation meetings each year.

In honor of this conference, you can read the latest from these hospitality and tourism journals represented at ICHRIE for free for the next week!

2JHTR07_Covers.pdfThe Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research publishes original research, both conceptual and empirical, that clearly enhances the theoretical development of the hospitality and tourism field. The word contribution is key. JHTR encourages research based on a variety of methods, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. To promote the exchange of current and innovative ideas, JHTR also includes a Research Notes and Industry Viewpoints section. Click here to read the latest issue.

cqx coverThe Cornell Hospitality Quarterly publishes theoretically rich, research articles that provide timely hospitality management implications for those involved or interested in the hospitality industry. The quarterly is a leading source for the latest research findings with strategic value addressing a broad range of topics that are relevant to hospitality, travel, and tourism. Click here to read the latest issue.

JTR_72ppiRGB_powerpointJournal of Travel Research is the premier, peer-reviewed research journal focusing on travel and tourism behavior, management and development. The first scholarly journal in North America focused exclusively on travel and tourism, JTR provides researchers, educators, and professionals with up-to-date, high quality, international and multidisciplinary research on behavioral trends and management theory for one of the most influential and dynamic industries. Click here to read the latest issue.

Introducing the New Editor of Journal of Sports Economics!

July 29, 2015

CoatesWe’re pleased to welcome the new editor of Journal of Sports Economics, Dennis Coates! Dr. Coates graciously provided us with some information on his background:

Dennis Coates is Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill before moving to UMBC in 1995.

His research focuses on political economy and public policy issues with emphasis on sport and sports economics topics and has appeared in journals such as International Journal of Sport Finance, European Journal of Political Economy, and Eastern Economic Review.

He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sport Finance, the Journal of Sport Management, and several other journals. He was the founding president of the North American Association of Sports Economics.

JSE__.inddJournal of Sports Economics publishes scholarly research in the field of sports economics. The aim of the journal is to further research in the area of sports economics by bringing together theoretical and empirical research in a single intellectual venue. Relevant topics include: labor market research; labor-management relations; collective bargaining; wage determination; local public finance; and other fields related to the economics of sports. Published quarterly, the Journal of Sports Economics is unique in that it is the only journal devoted specifically to this rapidly growing field. In honor of Dr. Coates new editorship, you can read the current issue of Journal of Sports Economics for free for the next two weeks by clicking here!

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Robert E. Evert on Empirics in Family Business Research

July 27, 2015

FBR_C1_revised authors color.indd[We’re pleased to welcome Robert E. Evert of Texas Tech University. Dr. Evert recently published an article in Family Business Review with John A. Martin, Michael S. McLeod and G. Tyge Payne entitled “Empirics in Family Business Research: Progress, Challenges, and the Path Ahead.”

  • What inspired you to be interested in this topic?

My colleagues and I have always believed it is important to question commonly held beliefs within a field of study. Being that several of the authors are burgeoning family business researchers, we used this notion as a springboard for a review of the family business literature. More specifically, we knew the significant role of empirics as one of the ways to legitimate family business studies. Given this, along with recent assertions of improvement in methods and analytics, we were curious why the state of empirics in family business remains generally unsubstantiated and uncertain. So, as the review of the empirical literature developed and progressed, our interest in the topic accumulated and was reinforced as we became more aware of its timeliness and relevance.

  • Were there findings that were surprising to you?

Taken together, we reviewed the use of empirics, both methodological and analytical, in 465 published empirical articles (319 from FBR and 146 from prominent business journals not solely dedicated to family business research). Armed with the assumptions of increasing empirical rigor in family business studies, our review documents increased sophistication and complexity of the empirics used over time. So while not entirely unexpected, we were pleased to substantiate significant increases in the use, among family business researchers, of more sophisticated analysis techniques including hierarchical analysis, panel data, logistic regression and structural equation modeling.

One interesting finding was the lack of attention to cross-border and internationally comparative issues. This suggests that family business studies are looking past the global aspects and presence of family businesses, making it difficult for family business researchers to understand how studies contribute to our overall understanding of family business — apart from basic contextual differences. Another interesting finding was the paucity of meta-analytic studies. Despite such gaps, we highlight many empirical advancements and note the many opportunities that remain when researching family businesses. Overall, we expect that family business researchers will take pride in the additional legitimacy and relevancy our findings lend to the field. However, we think our results may be surprising to researchers in the broader strategy and entrepreneurship areas of study, particularly those that often cite methodological shortcomings in rigor and analysis.

  • How do you see this study influencing future research and/or practice?

Our review not only provides a comprehensive view of the field’s empirical progression over an extended length of time, but was conducted with an eye to the future. As such, we leverage the review’s core findings to offer a number of related challenges and opportunities for family business scholars to consider. These prescriptions may ultimately be the most valuable for future research since they possess great potential to inform specific topics (e.g., succession, governance) with regard to empirics. So while this review advocates for more criticality and skillful judgment of existing literature, we hope that our results encourage future researchers to depart from some of the more normative perspectives that dictate family business research. This should lead to a richer body of family business research that considers new, more sophisticated, and empirically-robust research questions, especially given the increasing complexity and proliferation of data and advanced statistical software.

You can read “Empirics in Family Business Research: Progress, Challenges, and the Path Ahead” from Family Business Review for free for the next two weeks by clicking here. Want to know about all the latest research like this from Family Business Review? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

evertRobert E. Evert is a doctoral candidate in strategy and entrepreneurship at Texas Tech University. He focuses his research program on family firms, including topics such as strategic decisions, research methods, and cross-cultural effects. Additional areas of interest include TMTs, corporate venture capital, and crowdfunding. His research appears in Journal of Business Ethics (JBE) and Family Business Review (FBR), and has been presented at conferences such as Academy of Management and Southern Management Association. Following completion of his degree program, he will join the faculty of the Department of Management at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

martinJohn A. Martin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Management at Wright State University. His research interests include research methods in family business, international business pedagogy, and corporate governance, specifically boards of directors and chief executive officers. His work has appeared in Family Business Review (FBR), Business Horizons, and Academy of Management Perspectives, and he is an editorial board member of Management Communication Quarterly. Prior to joining Wright State, he held the position of Professor of Management at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

mcleodMichael S. McLeod is a doctoral candidate in strategic management and entrepreneurship at Texas Tech University. His research investigates phenomena centering on how firms strategically develop and use rhetoric to achieve positive organizational outcomes. He also examines relationships between entrepreneurial firms and their funding source, such as venture capitalists, angel investors, crowdfunding, and IPOs. He has been the recipient of several best paper awards, multiple research grants awards, and recently earned the 2015 award for outstanding contributions to research as a management doctoral student at Texas Tech University. His research can be found in journals including Journal of Business Ethics (JBE) and Family Business Review (FBR).

tygeG. Tyge Payne, Ph.D., is the Jerry S. Rawls Professor of Strategic Management at Texas Tech University. His research interests include configurations, firm-level entrepreneurship, organizational ethics, multi-level methods, social capital, and temporality. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications appearing in Business Ethics Quarterly, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P), Family Business Review (FBR), Journal of Management (JOM), Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Organization Science, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (SEJ), among other outlets. He is an Associate Editor for FBR and currently serves on review boards for ET&P, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Small Business Management, JOM, and SEJ.

Book Review: Bruce Kogut (ed.): The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance

July 24, 2015

indexBruce Kogut (ed.): The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. 388 pp. $42.00, hardcover.

You can read the review by Mark S. Mizruchi of the University of Michigan, available now in the OnlineFirst section of Administrative Science Quarterly.

From the review:

Kogut’s primary interest is corporate governance and, secondarily, its role in economic development. Earlier work by economists had ASQ_v60n2_Jun2014_cover.inddsuggested that the primary route to development was a system of free and open markets, underpinned by an active capital market, strong legal protections of shareholder rights, and effective monitoring of management. Although liberalization and privatization occurred worldwide over the past four decades, Kogut argues that nations responded to these forces in very different ways. The outcomes they experienced, however, at least in terms of their ownership and director networks, were often very similar. In other cases, virtually identical levels of liberalization and privatization led to very different outcomes. Kogut’s goal in the book is to account for this convergence and divergence. To do this, he employs two approaches. The first, which he calls “comparing the comparative statics,” involves examining groups of countries that experienced a similar “structural break,” or what is usually termed an exogenous shock. The second, which he refers to as “Can you grow it?” (a phrase from the field of complex systems), involves the examination of network change through simulations, in particular the “rewiring” of the connections among units.

Kogut lays out these arguments in an extensive, wide-ranging introductory essay that is simultaneously an exegesis on organizational, economic, and sociological theory (with a dose of philosophy of science), punctuated with a didactic essay on social network analysis. This chapter, running 50 pages of densely packed text, is by itself worth the price of the book.

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Calling for Papers on Process and Variance Methods in Family Business Research!

July 20, 2015

pen-and-paper-1454441Family Business Review is currently accepting proposals for a Special Issue entitled “Process and Variance in Family Business Research.” This Special Issue will be guest edited by Jon C. Carr of Texas Christian University, G. Tyge Payne of Texas Tech University and Allison W. Pearson of Mississippi State University.

The journal seeks manuscripts that (1) summarize key challenges about the application of methods in the family business domain, (2) develop and/or demonstrate ways to resolve current challenges, and (3) discuss the implications of methodological changes on the field. The primary goal of this Special Issue is to feature articles that substantially enhance methodological practices within family business studies and thereby increase the confidence in and relevance of research findings.

Appropriate topics for the special include, but are not limited to:

  • FBR_C1_revised authors color.inddDevelopment and validation of key family business constructs (e.g., socioeconomic wealth, familiness)
  • Development and demonstration of particularly relevant research designs, measurement approaches, and analytical techniques to family business phenomena
  • Application of methods utilized in other fields (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology) to the family business context
  • The treatment of multilevel issues and designs within family businesses
  • The integration between family business theories and methodological approaches

The editors of this special issue invite authors to submit proposals to develop manuscripts suggesting improvements in process and variance methods in family business research. Due date for proposals is September 1, 2015. Both conceptual and empirical papers are welcome. All papers will undergo the standard double-blind review process and must meet the standards of Family Business Review. All articles published in this Special Issue must make a significant contribution to research methods in family business.

For more information, including submission timeline and contact information, click here. Want to know about all the latest news and research from Family Business Review? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

Celebrating the launch of JSCAN – the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiations!

July 17, 2015

JSCAN image 3On the 16th of June, we celebrated the launch of the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiations (JSCAN) the official journal of the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM). The SAGE editorial team joined members of the IACCM and the JSCAN editorial team at the Hurlingham Club in London to mark the publication of the journal’s inaugural issue in style.

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JSCAN co-Editor Tyrone S. Pistis

The event was held in conjunction with the IACCM Europe forum, the IACCM’s annual European meeting, and conference delegates were invited to attend the launch party. With summer arriving in London, it was the perfect evening for an outdoor celebration, with a barbeque buffet, music, speeches and drinks. Tim Cummins, CEO of IACCM, welcomed everyone, introduced the journal, and talked about JSCAN Editor Tyrone S. Pistis’s initial journal idea and the collaboration with SAGE. Tyrone in turn spoke about the background for the journal, and its aims and scope, and Caroline Lock, Publisher at SAGE, talked warmly of the collaboration with IACCM, a highlight of SAGE 50th anniversary celebrations.

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IACCM CEO Tim Cummins and SAGE Publisher Caroline Lock

The aims of JSCAN is to provide an outlet for research and theory about practices that challenge the status quo in strategic contracting and negotiations, and the commercial implementation of business strategy and policy. The journal will also address the impact of contracting and negotiations on trust and ethics in business. JSCAN is open for submissions, and details of the call for papers can be found here.

Introducing Public Personnel Management’s Incoming Editor!

July 15, 2015
Jared Llorens

Jared Llorens

We’re delighted to welcome the incoming editor of Public Personnel Management, Jared J. Llorens! Dr. Lorens recently took the time to provide us with with information on his background:

Jared J. Llorens is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Public Administration Institute at Louisiana State University. His research focuses primarily on public sector human resource management, with particular interests in pay comparability, civil service reform and automated recruitment. He sits on the editorial boards of the Review of Public Personnel Administration and Public Administration Review, and recently stepped down as American co-editor of Public ppm coverAdministration. He is the current Chair of the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations of the American Society for Public Administration and is a past Chair of the Public Administration Section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Llorens received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Georgia in 2007 and is a former Human Resources Specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Public Personnel Management is published specifically for human resource executives and managers in the public sector. Each quarterly edition contains in-depth articles on trends, case studies and the latest research by top human resource scholars and industry experts. In honor of Dr. Llorens new editorship, you can read the current issue of Public Personnel Management for free for the next two weeks by clicking here!

Special thanks to P. Edward French, the outgoing editor of Public Personnel Management, who will continue to process manuscripts under review to completion.

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Read the New Virtual Special Issues from The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science!

July 13, 2015

We’re pleased to announce six new virtual special issues from The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science! Compiled by The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science associate editors Jean M. Bartunek and Jean Neumann, these research collections include titles such as “Action Research,” “Planned Change,” “Paradox and Contradictions” among others. Each collection contains a generous number of articles exploring group dynamics, organization development, and social change.

The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science editor William Pasmore introduced these collections:

We are very pleased to launch virtual collections of articles on themes JABS_72ppiRGB_powerpointthat have defined what JABS has stood for as a journal devoted to change for the past fifty years. Having these outstanding contributions in one location will enhance access to the ideas they present and hopefully, inspire continued scholarship of similar quality and purpose. In the future, we will be curating virtual collections on specific topics related to change, such as change readiness and factors that influence the success of change efforts. We hope you will look forward to examining these virtual collections. They are one more way that JABS can contribute to the advancement of science and practice in the arena of organizational and societal change.

You can click here to view all six of the virtual special issues from The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Like what you read? You can sign up to have all the latest news and research from The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science sent right to your inbox. Just click here to sign up for e-alerts!

Listen to the Latest Podcast from Family Business Review!

July 10, 2015

FBR_C1_revised authors color.inddIn the latest podcast from Family Business Review, assistant editor Karen Vinton and author Robert Smith discuss his article on the usefulness of the qualitative method of visual ethnography in producing new insights into family business research. The article, entitled “Seeing the Light: Using Visual Ethnography in Family Business Settings,” appeared in the March 2015 issue of Family Business Review.

You can click here to download the podcast. You can also read the article for free by clicking here.

Want to hear more? Click here to browse more podcasts from Family Business Review and here to subscribe to the SAGE Management and Business podcast channel on iTunes. You can also sign up for e-alerts and get notifications of all the latest research from Family Business Review sent directly to your inbox!

Prof Rob SmithRobert Smith, MA, PhD, is Professor of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of the West of Scotland. His research interests are eclectic but include family business, entrepreneurship, narrative, aesthetics, and semiotics.

karen_vinton1Karen L. Vinton, Ph.D., is assistant editor of FBR and a 1999 Barbara Hollander Award winner and Professor Emeritus of Business at the College of Business at Montana State University, where she founded the University’s Family Business Program. An FFI Fellow, she has served on its Board of Directors and chaired the Body of Knowledge committee.


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