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To advance and promote the value of excellence in business education and research through engagement across Australian universities, industry, the government and the community.

Australian Business Deans Council

Business Academic Research Directors' Network (BARDsNet)

BARDsNetThe Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) jointly established the Business Academic Research Directors' Network (BARDsNet).
Business faculties and schools, like the universities in which they are located, are facing a turbulent period around research funding performance, research training places, research commercialisation and a range of research-related issues.  BARDsNet, exists in this environment:

  • To provide a learning platform for the people who have line responsibility for administering research in business faculties and schools.
  • To enhance the research capacities of business faculties and schools through identifying and implementing new strategies and ideas.
  • To act, where appropriate, to influence research policy, which enhances research infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand.
  • To identify collaborative ways of working together as business academic research directors across Australia and New Zealand.

BARDsNet membership comprises business school or faculty research directors, deans or associate deans (research) in Australia and New Zealand.  ABDC member deans must endorse Australian BARDsNet nominations and ANZAM coordinates New Zealand nominations.  BARDsNet may also co-opt members for short periods to assist with specific tasks, as required.

BARDsNet plays a key role in overseeing the development and review of the ABDC Journal Quality List for use by its member business schools.  A review was completed in 2013 with the next review expected to occur in 2017-18. In 2016 however, we will be conducting a minor review of new journals started since 1 January 2011 and also claims regarding allegedly open access predatory journals to produce a revised 2016 list. We anticipate calling for official submissions for this minor review by mid-April with a final published list to be released by September.

BARDsNet members meet twice a year.  See events for more details.


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