The Scholar-Practitioner Workshop will bring together thoughtful practitioners and academics on one platform to exchange views on the interdependence of practice and scholarship in the field of strategic management. The Workshop invites executives in the field of strategy and HR who are engaged in some form of applied scholarship in their workplace and are open to engaging with business school academics, in advancing the frontiers of research and teaching in strategic management (corporate strategy, business development, entrepreneurship, international business, strategic human capital, corporate governance, leadership). We are looking at two groups: (1) those pursuing a PhD part-time along with their executive jobs, typically at middle-management levels; (2) those with advanced degrees working in consulting/strategy/HR-related areas and wanting to engage in thought leadership.
The Workshop will provide a platform to exchange views on the interdependence of practice and scholarship in the field of strategic management. Part-time PhD students will learn about opportunities for doing ‘practice-driven’ research and maximizing the impact of their work. Full-time executives will get to forge partnerships and learn to conduct more rigorous applied research that decision making more informed and evidence based.
The day will be divided into 2 segments. Pre-lunch sessions will have one talk by an eminent scholar, followed by a talk by a business leader (CEO/Strategy Head), followed by a panel discussion on how to bring the scholarship and practice together. Post-lunch sessions will be in the form of small group discussions, each co-facilitated by a scholar and a practitioner to chart out an agenda for scholar-practitioners in India. Deep-dive topics may include:
What can you gain by spending your three days at the conference?
Program highlights include the following and many more:
Attendance in the conference is by invitation only and involves a registration https://www.strategicmanagement.net/hyderabad/register/information (We have specially provided an extended deadline for enabling many busy executives who want to join). Four or more executives from the same company will be registering at a group rate of US$2,000.
We have also made provisions so that you to bring along your ‘problem statements’ for brainstorming with reputed scholars in the field and take back specific action/ research agenda. (please see the guidelines for sending your problem statement along with the registration on the site.) Please register before November 15th 2018
A detailed program with details of speakers and sessions will be sent out to the participants.
Please submit (i) your CV and (ii) a short statement (one page maximum) to share a big idea that you would like to develop further. This can be a way you have solved a major problem at the work place as a practicing manager/leader. It can also be an area where you are passionate about sharing the knowledge with a wider community of business leaders and academic scholars. Your problem narrative may fall within any of the following 4 illustrative scenarios:
Scenario 1. You may be facing either routine or unique problems and situations in your organization, for which you maybe looking for ideas on how to address or understand those using academic insights. You are looking to explore the world of ‘scholar participants’ and the type of questions they seek to answer through varied methods. You may just be wanting to share your experience and insights with ‘scholar participants’ to compare and contrast the approach that you take as a practicing manager vis-à-vis academic scholars.
Scenario 2. You have loads of experience and rely largely on your judgment and gut to take decisions. However, you are now faced with too much ‘disruptive’ stuff around and/or some of your decisions in recent past seem to be failing on the ground- you now have the need to evaluate many factors before you take decisions- you know the problem but are not yet sure of which hypothesis to frame, how to check for any data on the ground and how to use some form of ‘research’ to make a better decision.
Scenario 3. You have some hypotheses based on your gut and experience? You ‘feel’ like testing them against some data on the ground before taking a decision? However, you are not sure which data to check, what will be the ‘right’ method to set up an experiment or a survey, how should you analyze the data to get to some reliable conclusions. In this scenario, you can consult and work closely with your fellow participants during and after the workshop in learning what could be appropriate applied research strategy to test your hypotheses.
Scenario 4. You have already framed your research question and hypothesis. You have already defined the data and evidence that you should look for to ‘test’ your hypothesis? You have conducted some experiments and field study You have some conclusions and are about to decide on one course of action. And you want to leverage the learning and experience of the ‘scholar participants’ in the workshop to bounce your approach, have them critique your method and tell you if it was appropriate to reach reliable conclusions
We are aware that reality is more nuanced than any of the above illustrative scenarios. However, please treat this note as a guide to what you can come up with and do send us your write-up in whatever form you can. For any further clarification, please send an email to the workshop directors. They will guide you further.
All application materials must be submitted by November 15, 2018. Decisions will be communicated after the deadline.