RIT's Saunders College of Business hosted a Workshop on the Future of Business Research

On June 3, 2024, the picturesque Dubrovnik campus of RIT Croatia was THE place to be for all members of academia and research community as the RIT’s Saunders College of Business, in collaboration with the Society for Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and the Institute for Business, Government and Society at RIT successfully hosted a one-day workshop titled "The Future of Business Research: Bridging Disciplinary and Cultural Divides in Engaged Scholarship." The event focused on equipping early-career faculty and late-stage Ph.D. students with the insights and tools needed to navigate the evolving landscape of global business education.

The highlight of the workshop was an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Jerry Davis, the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration at Michigan's Ross School of Business. Professor Davis captivated the audience with his thought-provoking talk on "How Can Business Research Have a Positive Impact on the World?" He emphasized the imperative for business scholars to produce research that transcends academic confines and makes tangible contributions to social improvement.

The workshop's agenda was filled with a series of enlightening talks and dynamic discussions. Esteemed scholars shared their expertise and insights, including Dr. Dana Minbaeva, Associate Editor from the Academy of Management Review, who talked about Building Theory for Engaged Scholarship, and Dr. Damian O'Doherty, Senior Editor from Organization Studies, who discussed about Organizational Theorizing as a Practice. These sessions fostered intense dialogs on the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and cultural sensitivity in conducting impactful business research.

"We are thrilled with the success of this workshop," said the event organizers from RIT's Saunders College of Business. "It provided a valuable platform for early-career academics and Ph.D. candidates to gain insights from seasoned researchers and to explore innovative approaches to business research that can drive positive change."