Industry relevant and academically focused research and publications are an important part of the contribution made by a higher education institution to student learning, faculty development and society benefit. Keeping this in mind, research activities at AMSOM aim to encourage faculty members to associate with industry groups, national and international academic institutions and government organisations to produce significant and quality research.
Faculty members at AMSOM participate in national and international conferences, develop proposals for funded projects, publish in nationally and internationally referred peer reviewed journals and are on the editorial and review boards of various journals and research organisations. They are also involved in consulting and company based research.
The institute provides support to faculty members for this purpose through various financial and non-financial measures such as the faculty development allowance, research grants, travel allowances and the possibility of a time off for a targeted research task. Through a well-equipped computer lab and a central library, faculty members have access to required software and world-class e-resources. The institute also has regular sessions as part of the Research Seminar Series where expert academicians and avid researchers from various areas of management share their research experiences and interact with faculty members. Workshops on the various research methods are organised from time to time.
The institute with support from the university makes continuous efforts towards partnerships with other universities to scale up the research and publications drive. One such example is the recent agreement with University of Tilburg Netherlands to support a research project on "Innovation and Productivity growth in emerging economies". This project was funded by DFID UK and the study will include 10 emerging economies. Ahmedabad University is one of the partner universities to facilitate the study and jointly produce research papers and reports with University of Tilburg, Netherlands.
Research output in the form of publications is an important performance indicator and professional satisfaction generator for an academic. Keeping this in mind, AMSOM consistently encourages its faculty to publish in nationally and internationally referred peer reviewed journals and contribute to the academic fraternity by being on the editorial and review boards of various journals and research organisations. Faculty members show regular research output which is visible through their publications in different areas of management in the form of conference proceedings, journal papers, working papers, articles, case studies, conceptual papers and teaching notes. Faculty members also publish in relevant newspapers as frequent columnists and article contributors.
Working papers are a mechanism where by faculty members disseminate their research work which is yet to be published. AMSOM in association with the Ahmedabad University Research Board (URB) encourages its faculty members to register their working papers which enable them to receive feedback from peers and also submit it for publication in the future. These working papers are in the form of academic articles, book chapters or reviews or a conceptual idea that the researcher is working on. Working Papers remain very important means to relay information as it evolves and becomes available.
Business cases are a powerful teaching tool in any management school and therefore the faculty at AMSOM are engaged in creating a repertoire of cases. Faculty members are mentored by established senior academicians in India and abroad to conceptualize and write cases, they participate in case writing competitions and publish cases in reputed platforms like Ivey Publishing and ECCH.
Faculty members at AMSOM participate in national and international conferences, develop proposals for funded projects and are also involved in consulting assignments and company based research which requires them to make presentations to various academic, corporate and governing bodies for grant proposals, research ideas and final results of the research study.