Bridging Practice and Theory Summit

BPTS Conference at Drexel LeBow

Bridging Practice and Theory Summit

Drexel LeBow’s annual summit, Bridging Practice and Theory Summit (BPTS), is undergoing exciting changes and a renewed focus: facilitating a two-way dialogue between members of the business community and business faculty who teach and research in higher education.

Through interactive sessions that highlight current and relevant business trends, and the information pertinent for decision making within those trends, BPTS encourages conversations that will promote collaboration between academia and industry. BPTS attendees will gain insight from each other with the goal of promoting active, experiential learning in support of educating tomorrow’s business leaders.

Who Should Attend?

Business Professors

Faculty who attend BPTS will gain insight into current and often complex business issues that can spark research ideas and generate collaboration with practitioners. They will hear about others’ experiences, what worked and what didn’t work, and leave with ideas about how to implement real-world application of business principles into their research and the courses they instruct.

Business Practitioners

Professionals who work in industry will learn about the benefits of partnering with academics and students to solve business problems. Oftentimes, academics approach business issues much differently than professionals do. Their methodical research methods reveal evidence-based solutions to problems that professionals would not arrive at themselves. Interaction with such faculty may produce new perspectives on complex business issues.

Business students, freshly studying the latest principles in business, often present outside-the-box solutions to industry issues. Furthermore, collaborating with college students is also beneficial to the next generation of business leaders.

Education Professionals

Professionals who work for colleges in roles such as advising students, developing career opportunities for graduates and administering educational programs, will gain significant benefits from the summit to pass along to their student constituents. By learning about the latest innovations in business education from professors, and by hearing how business practitioners employ what is taught in the classroom to solve real-world problems, education professionals will be better prepared to inform their students about opportunities for advancement.

Quick Look Schedule

8:30 a.m. - Check-in
9:00 a.m. - Practice to Theory Session
10:30 a.m. - Theory to Practice Session
12:30 p.m. - Blending Practice and Theory
1:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks
Full schedule