We are delighted to announce that the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics & Business (UvA EB) has successfully completed the Business School Impact System (BSIS) assessment process. Congratulations to the school!
Addressing the school for this achievement, BSIS Director François Bonvalet remarked:
“Congratulations to UvA EB – The assessment unveiled an impressive track record of intellectual impact in research initiatives as well as strengths in several areas of societal impact, including integration of the SDG framework and knowledge exchange in its research activities. It’s clear that UvA EB has developed an impact plan that is completely aligned with its core values, its strengths and its ambitions for the future.”
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics & Business (UvA EB)
UvA Economics and Business (EB) is within two Schools – the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) – where teaching and research in various fields are conducted, such as Economics, Data Science, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Accountancy, Control, Econometrics, Finance, Actuarial Sciences, Fiscal Economics and Entrepreneurship. UvA EB has over 8,000 students and employs around 550 staff.
UvA EB’s mission is to offer an inspiring, international learning community to study business and economics, where both students and staff can reach their full potential and prepare students to become well-rounded global citizens and professionals capable of critical ‘cross-thinking’ and independent in-depth analysis. Its vision is to strive for societally relevant education and research and aims to deliver outstanding graduates and make high-quality, relevant scientific contributions to the academic field of business and economics.
Multifaceted intellectual impact
The intellectual impact of the business school has to be taken into consideration at different levels. First, at the national and international level, the business school contributes to the global creation of knowledge through its research programmes.
At a local level, some activities are developed in relationship with the local stakeholders and have a specific impact because they focus on issues that directly concern the enterprises of the region. UvA EB’s intellectual impact has an impressive track record of publications in leading international journals and a proven ability to connect with external parties to generate academic and applied research.
Fostering societal impact
Because they are directly responsible for educating future managers, business schools also have a strong challenge to take a clear stance on moral issues (societal impact). Most now seek to raise their students’ awareness of the importance of ethical behaviour, corporate responsibility and respect for sustainable development. In this way, they can serve as role models within their home environment.
BSIS measures the extent to which the business school “as a good citizen” has integrated these societal issues into its curricula and into its internal management practices. The SDG framework is already deeply integrated into both educational and research activities at UvA EB. UvaA EB’s cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange create a strong societal impact.
Professor Roel Beetsma, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam, commented:
“At the Faculty of Economics and Business, many people are engaged in impact projects. We, for example, help NGOs use analytics and artificial intelligence to achieve their objectives and facilitate companies in promoting responsible consumption. Students and staff are always happy to contribute. My experience is that those projects increase the joy of work and add to more student satisfaction. At an institutional level, academia has an obligation to give back to society and use science for positive change.
We decided to approach BSIS for an impact assessment because we wanted to see where we stand in terms of impact and find ways to enhance it. The assessment shows that many of our activities have a substantial impact on society. However, there are still many opportunities to enhance our effectiveness in this regard and better exploit our strengths.
For example, we can leverage our analytical expertise alongside our focus on sustainability and responsibility. Hence, the assessment forces us to better structure our objectives and activities, constantly keeping in mind their impact and how we can demonstrate the latter. Overall, we are very happy that BSIS has recognised our achievements, and we consider BSIS a useful tool to measure our impact and to further enhance it.”
The Business School Impact System (BSIS) is the first comprehensive impact assessment tool for business schools, covering more than 120 indicators across seven dimensions of impact. It provides a tailor-made data collection system for monitoring, assessing, and developing the impact of business schools.
The BSIS process involves the definition of the impact zone and institutional scope, data collection, impact assessment, and the report with recommendations for future development. Demonstrating the school’s impact on internal and external stakeholders, the system serves as a communication and negotiation tool externally and fosters an impact culture within the school. Schools that undergo BSIS are awarded the BSIS label for a three-year period.
- There are currently 76 schools across 20 countries that have received the BSIS label.
- To learn more about the impact assessment system, please visit the BSIS website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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