#CrossingBoundaries: Transforming Practice-Oriented Research


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Date And Time

Mon, 26 April 2021

18:30 – 20:30 ISTLocation 


Online EventEvent description #CrossingBoundaries: Transforming Practice-Oriented Research

An international panel session co-hosted by Durham University Business School and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. 

We invite doctoral and early career researchers in Management to learn from outstanding experts in the field. Together, we are looking to contribute to debates within Management scholarship, on the value of practice- and impact-oriented research, and how to do this practically. 

During this virtual session, three outstanding scholars will share their experiences of hands-on research practice, illustrating how they engage with ‘real-world’ impact in the areas of innovation and social wellbeing. We will discuss how to apply or translate your research into knowledge that will be used beyond academia; how to build networks to facilitate your practice-oriented research and its translation; how you can identify and explore these opportunities for knowledge transfer and dissemination; and how to overcome challenges in these pursuits.

At the end of the session, you will get to connect and engage with these experts to discuss questions of how to take your own practice-oriented research to the next level in order to create impact.

This event is part of the #CrossingBoundaries Virtual Series for Doctoral and Early Career Development in Management Research supported by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.


Professor Ana Burcharth, Associate Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral, in Brazil. She has convened and purposefully ‘killed’ a community of practice on innovation management – a profitable and longevous community composed by dozens of companies. She will report on the value of engaging with companies, what she learned from these engagements, how companies benefitted from the community of practice, and why she decided to ‘kill’ it. Ana is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Professor Anil Gupta, former Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, in Ahmedabad, India. He is also the founder of the Honey Bee Network, (and SRISTI, GIAN & National Innovation Foundation), an initiative to strengthen grassroots technological, educational, institutional and cultural innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge. We will hear from his experiences, his early engagements with grassroots innovators and how his entrepreneurial initiatives and ideas gained traction over time.

Professor Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine at Harvard University, in the United States. Bethany is a biostatistician who has a particular passion for local research capacity building – training and supporting frontline health workers to conduct research that solves the problems they see. 


Dr Peter Drobac, Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Peter was a co-founder and first Executive Director of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda. Working at the intersection of health, education, and technology, UGHE aspires to train the next generation of global health leaders and to become a worldwide innovation hub for health care delivery science. For over a decade Peter played a key role in the transformation of Rwanda’s health system, which has delivered unprecedented gains in population health and prosperity. As Executive Director of Partners In Health in Rwanda, Peter established community-based health system incubators that developed and scaled care delivery innovations from infectious diseases to cancer.

Professor Susan Hart, Executive Dean (Business). Susan joined as Dean of Durham University Business School in 2016 from Strathclyde University, where she led the Business School as Executive Dean from 2007 – 2015 and the University’s Internationalisation and Marketing from 2012-2015. With a breadth of experience in a range of Universities in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, Susan believes the role of higher education in business is to co-create and share knowledge that will enhance lives around the globe. At Durham, the Business School’s academic focus ranges from wealth generation and economic development and SDGs, through innovation, entrepreneurship and people-centred leadership to critical approaches to theory and management. Engagement with multiple worlds of practice infuses education and research alike, with collaboration and partnership to the fore. As a recognised expert in product innovation and marketing, Susan is an experienced business school leader and previously served on the Board of Directors of AACSB, the Royal Scottish National Opera and Yorkhill Children’s Charity. She is a fellow and former Chair of the Senate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Leadership Trust Foundation and sits on the advisory boards of several international business schools.

Professor Marc Ventresca is on faculty at the University of Oxford, Said Business School and a Governing Body Fellow, Wolfson College.His research and teaching work at the interface of innovation, infrastructures, and institutions, with focus on questions of commons governance, the dynamics of early markets, and the process of systems change.Recent empirical projects include work on REDD+ ecosystem services in Amazon Peru, the emergence of gender inclusive markets in Bangladesh, the global diffusion of second board financial markets in the 1990s and after, and studies of keywords such as ‘business model’ and ‘system change’. Current research investigates early moments in the European ecosystem supporting ‘smart’ space commerce and governance. He is also active in Oxford entrepreneurship and innovation training programs that postdoctoral fellows in the sciences and with advisory for many alumni ventures. He is especially concerned with the interfaces of expertise and practitioner/academic collaboration and the renewed rhetoric of rigor and relevance in the contemporary university.

*this event will be recorded

Please note: the link to access the online event will be emailed to you approximately 24 hours before the event, and on the day of the event.


Visiting Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad & IIT Bombay and an independent thinker, activist for the cause of creative communities and individuals at grassroots, tech institutions and any other walk of life committed to make this world a more creative, compassionate and collaborative place