UK business schools and business: activities and interactions

Daniel F. Twomey (Center for Human Resource Management Studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey, USA)
Rosemarie Feuerbach Twomey (Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey, USA)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Publication date: 1 April 1998


This paper reports on a comprehensive study of business schools in the UK. Data were obtained from two mail surveys ‐ one of faculty members and the other of deans from all of the UK business schools. Among the factors studied were demographic and institutional characteristics; the time faculty spends on major activities; faculty rewards, competencies and networks; faculty interaction with business; receptivity and support for increased interaction; benefits of increased interaction; characteristics of faculty who do applied research; barriers to applied research; and the role of advisory boards. The results show an internal alignment of activities and rewards for teaching and research, but limited support for applied and collaborative research, and a divergence between the two principal activities ‐ academic research and teaching. Interaction by business school with business appears to be mostly information passing.



Twomey, D. and Feuerbach Twomey, R. (1998), "UK business schools and business: activities and interactions", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 160-176.

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