Participants at the RRBM summit on responsible research gather to discuss ideas presented during individual group sessions. (Photo by Chris Gorzeman, Capital Images)
THIS SUMMER, the Responsible Research in Business & Management
(RRBM) consortium, a global alliance of researchers and academic
institutions, held its first Global Responsible Research Summit. More
than 65 academic administrators from 46 business schools convened
in the Netherlands to attend the day-and-a-half-long summit, hosted
by Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management (RSM).
Participants formed ten working groups that, over four sessions, explored
how to help RRBM gather momentum, how to better the world
through research, what the future of research should look like, and
what current examples of responsible research could serve as models.
In addition, attendees wrote and shared personal “I WILL” statements,
in which they each committed to taking a particular action over
the next year. Commitments ranged from creating special seminars for
doctoral students to publishing special journal issues on topics of social
importance to recognizing scholars for their responsible research.
In its essence, the summit’s objective was to explore the question,
“How can we make research that is engaged and relevant for both
business and society?” explains Wilfred Mijnhardt, policy director at
RSM. The gathering, he adds, was an opportunity for researchers and
administrators to rethink the role of business scholarship, explore new
metrics for measuring social impact, and reinforce the group’s commitment
to serve society through responsible research.