The COVID-19 pandemic focused national attention on public health concerns and the role of government regulations in public health. Regulations often complicated and delayed efforts to control the pandemic, with new regulations being issued to undo counterproductive effects of existing ones. But the impact of regulation extends far beyond the sphere of public health, with significant effects on business and society more broadly.
IHS partnered with Brent Clark, Associate Professor of Management and Associate Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Franchising at the University of Nebraska- Omaha, and Mark Packard, Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Nevada- Reno, to
address this topic in a special online project that was part discussion colloquium and part workshop.
Experimenting with an innovative format, IHS invited an interdisciplinary group of senior and junior scholars to examine current literature on the impact of regulation in a three-session discussion colloquium. The same group was invited to develop research proposals inspired by the discussions, which they would workshop together a month later during a second three-session convening. The goal was to foster path-breaking new research on a timely and consequential topic.
The impressive quality of the discussions during the colloquium was matched and even exceeded by that of the research proposals themselves, whose diverse topics ranged from regulatory capture to the nature of regulations to dating and the regulation of public health.
Jeremy Kidd, a law professor at Drake University, called the project “excellent”, adding that “few programs… provide an opportunity to work on early-stage projects, not only motivating the early work but providing an avenue for receiving feedback from an interdisciplinary group of scholars.”
“This was one of my all-time favorite IHS events because we had the chance to engage at multiple points in time: to read in advance, to discuss those readings, and then to propose our own research papers. I got really great feedback on my emerging research stream on creating more efficiencies (and eliminating/reducing regulation) in higher education.“-Siri Terjesen, Associate Dean of Research and External Relations and Phil Smith Professor of Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business
“By being around some of the brightest minds in the field, I was able to learn a lot and further comprehend the importance of policy to society and development as a whole. This event has helped me better understand the world as it is and the problems entrepreneurs face when dealing with regulation”, wrote Fernando D’Andrea, a PhD student in entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University.
IHS looks forward to the next opportunity to deploy this promising new format, which combines the strengths of a discussion colloquium with those of a papers workshop in a single program.