Management Research Must be on National Agenda – TCD Academic

Posted on: 02 September 2004

The rapid growth in funding for science and technology must be partnered with related research into the global, national, sectoral and business settings in which the fruits of scientific and technological research should be commercialised in order to generate competitiveness, employment and wealth, according to a keynote speaker at Ireland’s largest management conference in Trinity College today (Thursday 2 September). Management research into Ireland’s position in the global economy and the evolution of critical sectors and firms must be put on the national agenda, Prof. John Murray, School of Business Studies, TCD, stated in his plenary address. “Deeper engagement between scholars, managers and policymakers is vital to ensure that policy and business strategy is well founded and that success and failure is seen as a source of learning rather than a cause for denial or mythmaking,” he said. Prof. Murray was speaking at the Irish Academy of Management conference, hosted by TCD’s School of Business Studies. 350 national and international academics, representing 110 academic institutions from 28 different countries are gathering at the conference, the theme of which is ‘Understanding, Shaping, Managing Change’. Over two days 250 papers will be presented and discussed covering a selection of ongoing research topics in the management arena such as: Business and Society – Governance / Ethics / Society; international business and the dynamics of globalisation across societies and nations; innovation / entrepreneurship; the challenges of the information society; and meeting the challenges of establishing and applying knowledge in health science and health management. James Cunningham and Willie Golden of NUI Galway are the overall winners of the inaugural competition for Irish Case Studies in Entrepreneurship, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. The prize will be presented by Mr. Pat Molloy, Chairman, Enterprise Ireland at a gala dinner in Trinity’s Dining Hall. The Irish Academy of Management is the leading professional association for management research and education in Ireland. Its purpose is to promote the advancement of research, knowledge and education in the field of organisation and management studies.