Management Education Research Institute (MERInstitute)
We facilitate research to fuel the success of your program.
Our Management Education Research Institute seeks out and sponsors academic research on issues affecting your work in graduate management education.
With globalization, advancements in technology, and economic fluctuations demanding more from graduate business schools, the GMAC MERInstitute has commissioned a book that takes an evidence-based approach to help business school decision makers navigate pressures and create platforms that leverage their schools’ unique comparative advantages.
The book, titled Disrupt or Be Disrupted: A Blueprint for Change in Management Education, is scheduled to be published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in August 2013. Authors include:
View descriptions of the chapters on the GMAC Giving Back blog. Pre-order your copy today!
J. Ben Arbaugh, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Jean Bartunek, Boston College
Kenneth G. Brown, University of Iowa
Sara L. Rynes-Weller, University of Iowa
Erich Dierdorff, DePaul University
Robert S. Rubin, DePaul University
Daniel Feldman, University of Georgia
Michael Hay, London Business School
Brooks Holtom, Georgetown University
George A. Hrivnak, Bond University
- Amy L. Kenworthy, Bond University
- Subhash Jain, University of Connecticut
- Dipak Jain, INSEAD
- Jikyeong Kang, Manchester Business School
- Andrew Stark, Manchester Business School
- Rakesh Khurana, Harvard Business School
- Frederick P. Morgeson, Michigan State University
- Denis J. Nayden, Oak Hill Capital Partners
- Lyman W. Porter, University of California, Irvine
- J.C. Spender, ESADE
About the MERInstitute
GMAC established the Management Education Research Institute (MERInstitute) in 2005 to stimulate faculty research on issues affecting graduate management education. MERInstitute is a part of the GMAC Management Education for Tomorrow (MET) Fund, created in 2008 with a US$10 million commitment to invest in strategic philanthropic initiatives that benefit management education globally.
Through its Fellowship and Grants Programs, the MERInstitute funds data-driven research related to graduate management education around the world—research that develops knowledge and innovation and identifies best practices and areas for improvement related to admissions, curriculum, career, and outcomes.
The MERInstitute seeks research that improves educational practice. Universities and colleges constantly strive to achieve their missions in the face of increasing competition and limited resources. Traditionally, most deans and other academic administrators have based decisions on their professional experiences, observations, and judgments. In the future, evidence-based research should play a more central role in decision-making.
With effective evidence-based decision-making, higher education administrators and faculty can more accurately identify trends; pinpoint areas that need improvement; engage in scenario-based planning; and discuss fact-based decision-making options and likely outcomes. These advanced capabilities don't just benefit an institution's long-term planning. They also help with routine decision-making that—when acted upon throughout the institution—can add up to tremendous performance improvements over time.
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