Management Review ›› 2021, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (11): 3-12.

• Invited Article •    

Exploring the Formation Mechanism of “Scientific Questions Targeting Global Science Frontiers” in Business Administration

Xu Xin1, Lin Weipeng2, Wu Gang3   

  1. 1. School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084;
    2. School of Management, Shandong University, Jinan 250100;
    3. National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085
  • Received:2020-09-25 Published:2022-01-12

Abstract: Scientific and technological innovation is a key driving force behind China's development. To achieve the strategic goals of science and technology innovation and national development, domestic academic research needs to target global science frontiers, solve frontier scientific problems and make original achievements, thus helping China become a global leader in innovation. Enterprises are the main body to implement a country's innovation-driven development strategy. Identifying and solving "scientific questions targeting global science frontiers" in the area of business administration will provide theoretical guidance for enterprise innovation in China and thus serve the developmental strategy of China. However, it is still unclear how to identify "scientific questions targeting global science frontiers" in the field of business administration. The purpose of this paper is to explore the formation mechanism of "scientific questions targeting global science frontiers" in the field of business administration. Based on insights from 59 senior experts in the field of business administration, this paper explores the nature of, selection requirements for, and formation methods for "scientific questions targeting global science frontiers". We also develop an integrative and comprehensive formation mechanism, providing an actionable scheme regarding how to identify "scientific questions targeting global science frontiers" in the area of business administration. Moreover, we discuss two modes of identifying research questions, namely "parallel mode" and "serial mode", in order to provide researchers with a framework that can lead to the formation of focused research questions, facilitate China's management practice and target the frontiers of global science.

Key words: business administration, scientific questions targeting global science frontiers, formation mechanism