The Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) at Alliance Manchester Business School has achieved global recognition with a prestigious ‘Innovations that Inspire’ award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business’ (AACSB).
The AACSB’s International Innovations that Inspire initiative recognises institutions that stand out as transformative leaders in business education, focusing on innovative approaches to research and the exceptional and effective practices occurring at business schools around the world.
The Health Services Research centre was awarded under the Engagement Across Disciplines category that recognises the Centre’s interdisciplinary and innovative health services research, which brings together health services researchers from four disciplines to drive innovative perspectives in research while making an impact on how health and social care is delivered.
The School has long been committed to top-level interdisciplinary research when examining socially complex issues. In creating the HSRC, Alliance MBS recognised the immediate challenges facing health and social care as they relate to the aging population, as well as consequent increases in overall demand for care, unsustainable funding, complex business models, cuts to already limited budgets, and the care quality crisis.
This award applauds the co-operation among academics at both the HSRC and the University of Manchester’s Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing in working with older people, service providers, commissioners and other specialists.
Paula Hyde, Professor of Organisations and Society and Director of the Health Services Research Centre at Alliance MBS, said: “At Alliance MBS we are able to create a unique perspective by bringing together academics, journalists and members of the public to discuss the unprecedented challenges facing older people.”
Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International said, “I would like to thank Alliance Manchester Business School for their tireless pursuit of excellence for the betterment of their communities and society at large. Earlier this year, AACSB announced a new, industry-wide vision for the future of business education. Central to this vision is the role innovation plays in challenging old models and embracing new ones to continue moving business education forward to meet the needs of an ever-changing world.”
The second annual Innovations That Inspire initiative recognises institutions serving as champions of change in the business education landscape. A total of 315 submissions were received across 33 countries, mirroring society’s growing global demands, as well as the critical need for strong, connected, and forward-thinking business schools. The initiative – and the impressive work it showcases – underscores the important role that innovation plays in achieving the industry-wide vision for business education, which AACSB unveiled in 2016.