The responsibility turn: building responsible doctoral programmes for a responsible future

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Eva Cools, DBA Manager & Research Manager of Vlerick Business School and co-chair of the 2021 EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference (DPC), shares her reflections from the conference. Recently I had the honour to co-chair the 2021 EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference (DPC), together with Christine Unterhitzenberger from the University of Leeds. Although we already chose the…

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Towards healthy doctoral ecosystems

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During the 2021 EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference (DPC), we focused on responsible doctoral programmes for a responsible future (blog). A learning point throughout the conference was the importance of networks and networking for doctoral graduates and programmes. Successful doctoral education clearly does not take place in a vacuum. Next, the specific institutional, regional and national…

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Are our doctoral programmes fit for purpose and the future?

Many of us are familiar with growing debates around whether Business Schools are ‘fit for purpose’, essentially in their ability to ‘serve business’ in the face of increased global competition, economic uncertainty, technological advances and forces of consumerism. The provision of doctoral programmes in these schools warrants attention. Indeed, the number of business and management…

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Responsible Doctoral Programmes for a Responsible Future

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Last year at about the same time we wrote a blog about the exciting programme and high-profile speakers for the EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference 2020 on the topic of Responsible Doctoral Programmes for a Responsible Future. Unfortunately, the global Covid-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the conference and we were unable to facilitate discussions…

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The Disruptive Power of Online Education: Challenges, Opportunities, Responses

It is with a great pleasure that MCI Management Center Innsbruck announces the publication of “The Disruptive Power of Online Education: Challenges, Opportunities, Responses“. The book has been published by the Emerald Publishing Limited and is available as a hardback, e-book and a paperback edition.   Description The higher education sector is being disrupted through…

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Decoupling Education: a disruptive innovation journey

The fact that education does not have an Airbnb, Netflix or Tesla case does not mean at all that disruption is not happening in this industry as well. The key to understanding disruption in the education sector lies more on the “How” than on the “Who”. The formula also needs to include the “When” factor…

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Building Excellence in Doctoral Education

Doctoral programmes are becoming more and more diverse. The offers range from traditional PhDs based on a thesis and PhDs by (prior) publication to industry-based PhDs or a variety of professional doctorates. This diversity poses a huge challenge to everyone involved in doctoral education as it blurs the lines of what a doctorate is and…

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Universities, Be Aware: Start-Ups Strip Away Your Glory

About EdTech’s potential take-over of the higher education sector In 2012, the New York Times proclaimed the year of the MOOC, stating that online courses delivered on platforms such as Coursera and Udacity would disrupt the higher education sector. Universities and business schools worldwide pointed to the fact that studying is far more than listening…

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Responsible Doctoral Programmes for a Responsible Future

Nowadays, we come across the term “responsible” almost on a daily basis – this might be in relation to the European Commission’s Responsible Research and Innovation approach, the international network on Responsible Research in Business and Management or in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. But what does responsible mean for doctoral education?…

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