Responsible Research for Business and Management (RRBM) is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and supporting credible and useful research in the business and management disciplines. It is a virtual organization initially developed by a group of 24 leading scholars in 5 disciplines at 23 university-based business schools in 10 countries and now joined by a much larger community. We have support from many partners, including AACSB, EFMD, PRME, Aspen Institute‘s Business and Society Program, GRLI, and many business schools worldwide.
This briefing 1 presents a vision of business schools and scholars worldwide having successfully transformed their research toward responsible science, producing credible knowledge that is ultimately useful for addressing problems important to business and society. This vision is based on the belief that business can be a force for good when informed by knowledge from responsible research. Research is the foundation of business education and practice, yet research in business schools has been criticized for being weak in integrity and low in relevance. Responsible research ensures the production of credible knowledge that can be used to inform progressive government policies and promote positive business and management practices. It introduces seven principles to guide research with four focusing primarily on the usefulness of knowledge and three on the credibility of knowledge. It ends with a call for actions to transform business and management research toward achieving humanity’s highest aspirations for a better world.
In 2030, business and management schools worldwide are widely admired for their contributions to societal well-being. Business and management scholarship has been central to solving society’s challenges. Research is timely and cutting edge, producing well-grounded knowledge on pressing problems. Both schools and scholars are committed to the principles of responsible …
- Service to Society
- Stakeholder Involvement
- Impact on Stakeholders
- Valuing Both Basic and Applied Contributions
- Valuing Plurality and Multidisciplinary Collaboration
- Sound Methodology
- Broad Dissemination
Our world is facing challenging tensions in all aspects of society: economic, political, technological, social, and environmental. All 195 member-states of the United Nations have pledged to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity within the next 15 years. The National Academy of Engineering encourages …
Several initiatives are already improving the utility, credibility, and assessment of responsible research across the global academic landscape. Read about some of the most exciting developments, learn how you might support these initiatives, and let us know of any other examplary practices that promote responsible business and management research at your school, among your colleagues, in your journal, and/or with your organization – and let us know who you are.
Tell Us How You Can Help. If you agree with the vision of responsible business and management research in service of society and you are prepared to take actions to create this future, please describe a few actions that you plan to take and let us know who you are.