EFMD partners with Emerald Publishing to demonstrate real impact of research from business schools through the Business School Impact System (BSIS)

The EFMD’s Business School Impact System (BSIS) has partnered with Emerald Publishing to help bridge the connection between research and practice, and to showcase the true impact of business schools’ research in the real world.

The BSIS scheme is designed to determine the extent of a school’s impact upon its impact zone. The BSIS process is offered in a joint venture between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE as a service to EFMD members in any part of the world.

Emerald Publishing is one of the world’s leading digital first publishers, commissioning, curating, and showcasing research that can make a real difference. Emerald Publishing works with thousands of universities and business schools across the world to share knowledge and provoke the kind of debate that leads to positive change.

BSIS has been instrumental in opening up the debate on the objectives of research and emphasising societal, managerial and regional impact to complement the traditional academic perspective.

The insufficiency of traditionally established research impact metrics, as well as the importance of a heuristic dimension of research, are increasingly acknowledged by business schools around the world. Thus, BSIS has partnered with Emerald Publishing to help elevate the success stories of real impact by working with member business schools to develop research case studies which will feature in the publisher’s Impact Case Studies series.

Moreover, Emerald Publishing is launching a dedicated Open Research collection to BSIS member schools and will be funding the first six pieces of research from this series. The focus of this research, in particular, will be on the response of business schools to Covid-19, and further Emerald’s efforts of getting research into the hands of those that can make a real difference. The first move of which was to develop a dedicated Coronavirus hub offering free access to any research relating to the outbreak, and launching a fund of £20,000 to cover article processing charges for research into Covid-19 and similar epidemics or pandemics.

Michel Kalika, BSIS Director at EFMD, commented on the partnership saying: “BSIS wants to move beyond the traditional focus on the academic impact of research, to seek out the managerial and societal impact. Using Emerald’s resources to extract the key impacts from research, and promote it through their global network, we have an opportunity to elevate the important role of business school research on society.”

Tony Roche, Publishing & Strategic Relationships at ​Emerald Publishing, said: “This partnership truly aligns Emerald’s and EFMD’s vision for real impact. Our core ethos is making a difference through research, and by helping BSIS’s partnered business schools realise their impact, we’re helping to showcase the important role that research plays in solving real-world problems.”

For more information on the Business School Impact System, please visit the website. If you would like to learn more about the partnership, please contact Magdalena Wanot, Director of Marketing and Communications, EFMD.

For more information on how to contribute a case study narrative, or to contribute to the Emerald Open Research Collection, please contact Richard Whitfield, Senior Publisher, Emerald Publishing.