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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).
In this turbulent time for research funding performance, training places,  commercialisation and other research-related issues, BARDsNet exists to:

  • Provide a learning platform for the people who have line responsibility for administering research in business faculties and schools.
  • Enhance the research capacities of business faculties and schools through identifying and implementing new strategies and ideas.
  • Act, where appropriate, to influence research policy, which enhances research infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand.
  • 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.

BARDsNet plays a key role in overseeing the development and review of the ABDC Journal Quality List that is used by business schools in Australia and overseas.  The second half of 2017 will see the four-yearly full review of the list. In 2016 there was a minor review of new journals established since 1 January 2011. The minor review also addressed claims of allegedly open-access, predatory journals. 

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


Professor Robert Faff