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The Institutional Development of Business Schools$
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Andrew M. Pettigrew, Eric Cornuel, and Ulrich Hommel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713364.001.0001

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Business Schools Inside the Academy

Business Schools Inside the Academy

What Are the Prospects for Interdepartmental Research Collaboration?

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(p.221) 10 Business Schools Inside the Academy
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The Institutional Development of Business Schools
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Ewan Ferlie

Graeme Currie

Julie Davies

Nora Ramadan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713364.003.0010

This chapter reports an exploratory investigation into inter-disciplinary Mode 1 research occurring between university-based U.K. business schools and other local academic departments: an arena that has not received sufficient attention in the business school literature. To this end, reported patterns of interdepartmental research collaboration are first examined. Findings suggest that, except for economics, the number of reported ‘high collaboration’ areas appears to be modest. Second, as a strategic exemplar, research interaction between business schools and medical schools is further examined via an institutional audit. Two distinct subgroups of ‘collaborative’ and ‘stand alone’ business schools are reported. Finally, two mini case studies of collaborative interaction between business schools and medical schools are presented to uncover the conditions and processes accompanying collaborative research relations. This exploratory study concludes by elaborating a forward-looking research agenda in this important area, which has so far been neglected in the business school academic literature.

Keywords:   business schools, collaboration, research, interdepartmental interaction, university

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