SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION
It’s a given that the Carey Business School, part of the constellation of Johns Hopkins divisions, would list the creating and sharing of knowledge as one of its fundamental goals. I’m pleased to note, and this latest edition of Changing Business offers continued proof, that Carey’s commitment to research has expanded in breadth and depth as our community of faculty researchers has grown.
Yet producing interesting research that happens to have a Carey professor’s name on it isn’t enough. Carey, being part of that great Johns Hopkins constellation, must – and does – seek out projects in which our faculty members can join with researchers from other JHU schools and find even broader, deeper perspectives on society’s most pressing challenges.
These efforts have been given a boost in the past two years by the university’s Discovery Awards. Introduced in 2015, the initiative provides up to $150,000 for research projects conducted jointly by faculty from various Johns Hopkins divisions. Associate Professor Mario Macis of Carey was recently named a Discovery Award recipient for a project on blood donation. His partners are faculty members from the School of Medicine.
Carey also proudly claims, in Kathleen Sutcliffe and Paul Ferraro, two of the select group of Bloomberg Distinguished Professors whose charge is not just to participate in interdisciplinary scholarship at Johns Hopkins but also to demonstrate to their JHU colleagues how such collaborations can be managed most productively.
Evidence of our cross-university collaborations is readily found inside this issue. The feature article on page six highlights Assistant Professor Jim Liew’s exploration of the link between Twitter sentiment and stock performance, a project done with a researcher from the Whiting School of Engineering. Other items inside call attention to joint projects such as one between Professor and Vice Dean for Education Kevin Frick and JHU medical researchers; a study by Assistant Professor Ge Bai and a professor from the Bloomberg School of Public Health; a paper by Sutcliffe, Professor Peter Pronovost of the Carey and medical school faculties, and Lori Paine, director of patient safety at Johns Hopkins Medicine; and one more by Peter Pronovost, with Carey’s Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Phillip Phan. Pronovost also serves as director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins, where several Carey faculty members have been involved in research efforts.
I expect many positive things to come from such collaborations, to the benefit of the Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, and, most important, societies around the world.
Bernard T. Ferrari
Dean, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School