HDR Seminar & Workshop: Differentiation (and Some Discrimination) in Research and Careers That Span Disciplines

Date/Time: Mon 20 Nov / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Room E457, 4th Floor, Menzies Building, Clayton Campus

School of Arts and Social Sciences

Social & Political Sciences Graduate Research Program

HDR Seminar & Workshop: Differentiation (and Some Discrimination) in Research and Careers That Span Disciplines

Academic career paths tend to be discipline-oriented, but some of the most interesting research questions span multiple disciplines, especially in professional schools such as law, business and public affairs. How do graduate students and early-career faculty balance the need for disciplinary rigor with a yen for broader research relevance, novelty and impact? Join Professor Vaaler from the University of Minnesota’s Law School for a discussion of when and how to juggle the two for specific research projects and more generally across a career that might have several institutional affiliations. Projects requiring an inter-disciplinary perspective represent higher-risk, higher-reward research that may face discrimination from academic journal editors and reviewers (especially) in the near term. In the longer term, however, such projects differentiate your research from peers and do more to define new fields of inquiry that scholars in multiple fields will find attractive to follow. Paul will talk about these issues while presenting new inter-disciplinary research about the concept of “discriminatory product differentiation” among international airlines. Read the working paper (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2912489) and come to the seminar to learn more about how to differentiate (and manage occasional discrimination in) your own research and career development spanning disciplines. Morning tea is provided.

Paul M. Vaaler
is the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, a joint appointment of the University of Minnesota’s Law School and Carlson School of Management. He has also been an affiliated faculty member at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School where he was the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business and Politics. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of business, law and politics with a special interest in how foreign investors and firms respond to policies promoting deregulation, liberalization, privatization and democratization in developing countries. He recently served as a consultant to the World Bank developing policies to attract more investment in West Africa countries from migrant diaspora communities. He received a BA in History from Carleton College (in Minnesota), an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Minnesota. More information on Paul’s background, interests and publications is available at his faculty web page: http://www.law.umn.edu/facultyprofiles/vaalerp.html.

Monday 20th November

11:00am – 12:30pm

E457, East Wing, Fourth Floor
Menzies Building
20 Chancellors Walk
Clayton Campus

For more information, please contact Asher Flynn on 9905 9137 and to RSVP by Friday 17th November please email asher.flynn@monash.edu

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