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For IMI, an international research focus is inextricably linked with effective management training. IMI’s objective is to support companies in a changing world by combining theoretical progress and their implications in business. Indeed, it is believed that close co-operation with the business sector and the alumni network is an essential precondition for any successful  business activity. The combination of theory and practice has always been a central element of teaching and is anchored in an integrative manner  in the academic programs at IMI.

Research is a major priority at International Management Institute.  Historically, IMI’s full-time faculty members have been working on the creation of new knowledge. The aim has been to contribute new insights to the national and international academic communities  on one side and to provide innovative contents  for teaching on the other side.

The research and publication documents for the period 1995- 2011 bear testimony towards the achievement of IMI Faculty. Many organizations support the research outcomes of the Institute.  They cover topics with a regional focus such as South Asia, ACIC (ASEAN,CHINA, INDIA) related disciplines, e.g. sociology, or public management is usually sponsored by both national and international agencies. Furthermore, various national and cultural backgrounds are integrated in national and international networks and thus contribute to the research profile of the Institute.  IMI’s Fellow program will groom future high-level researchers by demanding course program and innovative dissertations. In pursuit of high quality research,  IMI has embarked on a process of transition and reorganization in order to better meet the need of the stakeholders.  All stakeholders are urged to engage and support the efforts by recognizing IMI’s willingness to support productive activity; consider the Institute as a worthwhile partner, as a supplier of research, consultancy and contract training services and generally considering IMI a business  partner of choice in appropriate  business  ventures. IMI is a member of South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI). SANEI is a regional initiative to foster networking and collaboration among economic research institutes  in South Asia Initiated in June 1998, SANEI seeks to establish  strong research inter-linkages among various economic  research  institutes  in the region with a view to encouraging a better-informed policy-making process.

IMI, is also member of Global Development Network (GDN). GDN is a worldwide network of research  and policy institutes working to provide new perspectives to the development challenges  of our time. A spin-off the World Bank, GDN works to make policy-relevant research  accelerate  the pace of global development.  The Government of India has granted it the status  of international organization. GDN is engaged in research  issues related to social and economic development,  and encourages researches  by providing platform for the research.

IMI’s internationally reputed  journal, Global Business Review is another reflection of how the institute has delivered in the past.  Global Business Review (Quarterly) is designed to be a forum for the wider dissemination  of current management and business practice and research  drawn from around the globe but with an emphasis  on emerging economics.  An important feature is its cross-cultural  and comparative approach.

Multidisciplinary in nature and with a strong practical orientation, this refereed journal publishes  surveys relating to significant developments  in management practice drawn from business/commerce, the public and the private sector, and non-profit organizations.  The journal also publishes articles which provide practical insights on doing business  in India/ Asia from local and global, and micro and macro perspectives. It has a circulations of 12,900 copies (including online) and listed in SCOPUS.