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Fernando Jimenez

El eterno problema de la investigación,investigación básica vs aplicada, está vigente y de que manera en el mundo de las escuelas de negocio. En primer lugar señalaré que el requisito imprescindible es que tengan capacidad para saber transmitir sus conocimientos, es decir que sepan enseñar. A partir de ahí debemos pensar en los Phd no como individuos aislados, sino como personas que forman parte de un equipo de investigación y en ese entorno debemos contar con investigadores que profundicen e investigen en áreas de conocimiento básico y puedan aportar al Management la base necesaria para su crecimiento. De esta forma los programas y por ende los alumnos se beneficiarán tanto de la aplicación del conocimiento como del pensamiento de fondo que lleva detrás.

Enrique Dans

In my humble opinion, Professor Danos, the problem lies not with the presence or absence of a research profile among faculty members, but with the type of research they pursue. Most professors at busioness schools engage in research lines that are not appropriate for a business school. Given the applied nature of Management as a field, research should be applicable, practical, meaningful to both companies and students. Of course the Management discipline has foundations in other areas such as Mathematics, Psychology, Economics, etc., but if a professor chooses to do research in one of such disciplines instead of doing research in Management, then he or she is probably teaching at the wrong place. The problem, then, is not teaching vs. research, but doing research in topics that are both meaningful and relevant to students and firms. If a rofessor is able to do so, he or she will probably have much less difficulties in conveying the message to his/her students, and thus will achieve higher student evs.

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