Anne Tsui, Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame

A Vision for Responsible Research in Business and Management: Striving for Credible and Useful Knowledge
Anne Tsui


Fall 2017
Lecture Time: 
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 
R0220 Ross School of Business
Introduced By: 
Eun Bit Hwang


This paper presents a vision of a future “Vision 2030” in which business schools and scholars worldwide have successfully transformed their research toward responsible science – defined as research that produces credible and reliable knowledge with either direct or indirect usefulness for addressing problems important to both business and society. This vision is based on the belief that business is a means for a better world. The paper begins with a set of principles to support responsible research. Then, the paper outlines possible actions by different stakeholders to help business schools and scholars that wish to realize this vision. The paper further explains the impetus for the proposal by describing the current business research ecosystem and associated problems, drawing on published work and a Delphi survey of scholars who have written about different aspects of the current research challenges. The major challenge of the current research ecosystem is that the priority of publishing in top tier journals over-shadows considerations of both research quality and societal relevance. The paper ends with a discussion of the “do nothing” option that perpetuates the status quo, and a call to action for directing research toward achieving humanity's highest aspirations. The paper invites discussion and debate on the possibility and necessity of creating a “responsible research” ecosystem so that business and management research can become a force of change for a better world.

Additional Notes

Anne S. Tsui is Adjunct Distinguished Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Motorola Professor Emerita of International Management at Arizona State University, and concurrently Visiting Distinguished Professor at Peking University and Fudan University, China. Previously, she was faculty at Duke University, U California, Irvine, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is the 67th President and Fellow of the Academy of Management (AOM), 14th Editor the Academy of Management Journal, Founding President of the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) and Founding Editor-in-Chief of Management and Organization Review. She won best paper awards from AMJ, ASQ, and JOM, received the Center for Creative Leadership Applied Leadership Research Award, the University of Minnesota Outstanding (Alumnus) Achievement Award, the AOM Distinguished Service Contribution Award, and the IACMR Lifetime Contribution Award. In recent years, she has devoted her professional work to advancing research quality and relevance in international and Chinese management. Dr. Tsui received her BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth; MA in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; PhD in Management from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.