...Tuck's Research-to-Practice Seminars arose three years ago out of Tuck's most recent strategic review process, Tuck 2012. "One of the themes of that review was to increase students' access to the thinking and knowledge of faculty," says senior associate dean Bob Hansen. "We were looking for ways to get students close to the research that faculty do when they are not in the classroom."
As with most business schools, the majority of high-level faculty research is largely invisible to students. While Tuck has long provided students with opportunities to assist in research-related activities and take part in independent studies, their reach has been limited. At the same time, says Hansen, actually doing research may not be the best way to expose students to the way research is done and how it is applied in a practical sense—especially for the majority of MBA students who will put their education into practice once they graduate. "Our students are not going out to do this kind of research," says Hansen. "That's why we came up with this format."
"If there is one thing the business world has learned over the past few years, it's that we may have taken a few too many things for granted."
"We wanted a way for our faculty to share with students not only best practices but also their approach to creating knowledge," adds Dean Paul Danos. "One should continuously inform the other. At Tuck, our research faculty teach a high percentage of courses, and we just wanted one more dimension to keep the research-and-teaching linkage together."'...