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.

Call for Chapters

Editors: Murugan Anandarajan, PhD and Teresa Harrison, PhD

Vast amounts of data are being generated, collected, stored, processed, analyzed, distributed and used at an ever-increasing rate by organizations. Simultaneously, managers must rapidly and thoroughly understand the factors driving their business. Business Analytics is an interactive process of analyzing and exploring enterprise data to find valuable insights that can be exploited for competitive advantage. However, to gain this advantage, organizations need to create a sophisticated analytical climate within which strategic decisions are made. As a result, there is a growing awareness that alignment among business strategies, business structures, and analytics are critical to effectively develop and deploy techniques to enhance an organization’s decision-making capability.

For this volume, we seek chapters that address issues related to the alignment of business strategies and analytics. The relevance and usefulness of the academic research in the area of alignment is often questioned by practitioners. In this volume, we seek to bridge this gap. Each chapter should be co-authored by a team consisting of at least one faculty member and one practitioner. Authors are invited to submit original conceptual, analytical, empirical, or case-based research to enhance our understanding of the topic.

Possible topics for this volume include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Analytics and leadership issues, e.g., tensions among the CEO, CIO and CDO
  • Factors which promote or deter analytics usage in an organization
  • Analytics organizational structures and its impact on decision making
  • Effective communication of analytical insights such as storytelling and visualization
  • Analytics maturity models
  • Issues related to analytics based project management
  • Methods of aligning metrics and strategies
  • The impact of people centric analytics on the quality of work life
  • Internet of Things and organizational practices. e.g., supply chain management
  • The impact of analytics such as organizational learning and innovation

Important dates:

  • Call for abstracts: December 5, 2016
  • Authors notified: February 3, 2017
  • Submission of 6-8 page conference version: May 5, 2017
  • Conference presentation: May 18, 2017
  • Reviews to authors: June 1, 2017
  • Submission of chapter: August 1, 2017
  • Volume Published: November 2017

All submissions must be made by electronic mail to Submissions must be in English and should represent the original work of the authors.