Mid-March, Tampere University hosted the 7th edition of the Responsible Business Research Seminar. This seminar is oriented to discuss and share insights on business responsibility, sustainability and ethics. The seminar was organised by the RESPMAN Research Group from the Tampere University, with the financial support of the Foundation for Economic Education. The two-day seminar took place on March 13th-14th, and involved Finnish and international participants. This year, we had Italian and Lithuanian colleagues to join the seminar.
As corporations continue to face mounting criticism from activists, local communities, and academics for the effects that their operations have had on human rights in various locales, scholarship in business and human rights (BHR) has gained significant traction. A growing consensus exists amongst practitioners and society at large that corporations have human rights obligations the so-called “corporate responsibility to respect human rights”(Ruggie, 2013).
At any rate, altmetrics, or alternative metrics, are gaining momentum in higher education (Holmberg, 2016). This post is based on my master’s thesis (Fraumann, 2017) that explores the usage of altmetrics with a focus on research funding. Altmetrics track down and count the mentions of scholarly outputs in social media, news sites, policy papers, and social bookmarking sites. Then altmetrics data providers aggregate the number of mentions. This allows an observation of how many times research has been viewed, discussed, followed, shared, and downloaded.
There has been an increasing emphasis on the importance of generating academic knowledge that achieves broader impact and creates social value. Both public and private funders are eager to support research that brings together academic and non-academic collaborators, engages the public, and generates research outcomes that are relevant in the real world.
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