MISSIONS & PURPOSES
Mission: SIBR strives to extend knowledge and understanding of the real business world from interdisciplinary perspectives, and acts as a focus and centre of excellence for interdisciplinary business research.
Aims and Objectives: SIBR aims to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary business research by providing a platform where researchers from different business disciplines can share and discuss their research findings. SIBR publishes working papers contributed by its members and organizes regular workshops, seminars and international conferences on interdisciplinary business research. SIBR also encourages participants of its activities to submit their work to the multi-disciplinary refereed journals edited by the SIBR committee members.
The standard definition of Interdisciplinarity comes from Julie T. Klein and William H. Newell as follows: Interdisciplinary studies may be defined as a process of answering a question, solving a problem, or addressing a topic that is too broad or complex to be dealt with adequately by a single discipline or professions. . . . IDS draws on disciplinary perspectives and integrates their insights through construction of a more comprehensive perspective (see “Advancing Interdisciplinary Studies” in Jerry Gaff & James Ratcliff eds, Handbook of the Undergraduate Curriculum. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997). An interdisciplinary business field is a field of study that crosses traditional boundaries between business disciplines or schools of thought. Interdisciplinary business research can range from sharing of ideas to full integration of business disciplines, especially the integration of their concepts, methodology, procedures, epistemology, terminology and data. Conducting interdisciplinary business research requires the skills to analyze, synthesize and harmonize links between disciplines into a coordinated and coherent whole. The real business world is multi-disciplinary in nature, and it often requires understanding of diverse disciplines to solve real-world business problems. The interdisciplinarity of a research topic is not defined by its distance from each contributing discipline but whether the topic is fundamentally multi-faceted or complex. The point is that the various disciplines are not the focus of interdisciplinarity – the focus is the research topic or intellectual question that the various disciplines are trying to address.
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