How to make managers interested in academic research? What expect private funds when they pay for academic research? Should researchers focus on concrete company problems to attract their funds? These are some of the questions proposed at the 10th ESADE Research Day, celebrated yesterday at the EGarage and with the relation between academy and business as the main topic.
The debate was opened by Dr. Lluís Comelles, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of the Universitat Ramon Llull, Alfons Sauquet, dean of ESADE Business School and Jonathan Wareham, Vice-Dean of Research at ESADE. They agreed on highlighting the great pace taken by ESADE researchers and the challenge of attracting more private funds in a context of crisis and public spending shortage.
The first workshop of the day was about private fundraising and the best way to attract companies to finance academic research. Ignasi Carreras, director of the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation, Esther Gimenez Salinas, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at ESADE Faculty of Law, Iñaki Irisarri, Associate Director of corporate Relations and Fundraising at the ESADE Foundation, Ian McLoughlin, Director of Career Services at ESADE Business School and Albert Serra, Director of the Institute for Public Governance and Management at ESADE, exposed their experience in private fundraising and debated on the need of understanding the companies point of view on research.
The second workshop, preceded by Jon Bárcena’s speech about breaking cultural barriers between researchers and managers from its experience as partner at Accenture, presented ESADE professors Thomas Maak, Roberto Ragozzino, Marco Bertini and Ivanka Visnjic, joined by Jonathan Wareham. With the participation of the public, they debated on how to make academic research more attractive for managers.
The day was closed by Sergio Llebaría, Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Law at ESADE.