About us

What we do

The Future of Higher Education Research Centre (FHERC) as a high-level research and knowledge sharing centre at Budapest Business School (BBS) is commited to discover the challenges and opportunities related to the future of higher education (HE) and deliver this knowledge to the academic community, the economic and business sector, all higher education actors, future students and to the whole society.

With this broad involvement of stakeholders in cooperation with domestic and international partners our research projects conducted with innovative methodologies may have a positive impact on the cooperations between higher education institutions (HEI) and the labor market.

We are proud of engaging our students and colleagues to explore the problems of the HE sector and to raise questions, and deliver answers and recommendations together. Our Research Centre is in line with the reorganised scientific and research activities of BBS and further fosters the university’s sustanability and enterprise friendly strategy.

The director of FHERC is Zsuzsanna Géring (PhD) and the scientific director is Gábor Király (PhD). Nicholas Chandler (PhD), researcher and professor at BBS, Sára Csillag (PhD) senior researcher, Katalin Fehér (PhD) senior research fellow, Péter Miskolczi and Márton Rakovics junior researchers are the support staff of the research centre. Our team is working on exploring the future of HE, its challenges and opportunities. Researchers, professors and students are also involved in our work. 

Our team

Zsuzsanna Géring, PhD – director

Zsuzsanna Géring is an economist-sociologist, research fellow at the Budapest Business School.  She gained her received her Master’s degree in 2002, and her PhD in 2015. Her PhD dissertation is on discursive strategies that Hungarian companies use to define and justify their social role and responsibility. Her main research relates to CSR, organizational communication, the future of business higher education and roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions and ethical codes of conduct of leading international business schools. She was leading the Higher Education Research Group at BBS between 2015 and 2017. She is an expert in mixed methods research designs with a special interest in textual analysis such as content and discourse analysis. She is a board member of ISA RC07 Futures Research Committee.

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Top 3 publications: 

  • Zsuzsanna Géring, Gábor Király, Sára Csillag, Gergely Kovács, Alexandra Köves, Tamás Gáspár (2018) Vision(s) of the University. Applying Participatory Backcasting to Study the Future of Higher Education. JOURNAL OF FUTURE STUDIES 22:(4) pp. 61-82.
  • Zsuzsanna Géring, Gábor Király, Alexandra Köves, Sára Csillag, Tamás Gáspár (2017) Participatory Methods in Futures Studies. A Vision-Construction Process About the Future of Higher Education. In: Flett Bronia (ed.) Sage Research Methods Cases. London: SAGE Publications. [online] (ISBN:9781473997226) 
  • Zsuzsanna Géring (2015) Content versus discourse analysis: Examination of corporate social responsibility in companies’ homepage-texts. In: Flett Bronia (ed.) Sage Research Methods Cases. London: SAGE Publications. [online] (ISBN:9781446273050) 

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Gábor Király, PhD – scientific director

Gábor Király is a sociologist, senior lecturer at the Budapest Business School and the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy at Corvinus University of Budapest. He received his Master’s degree in sociology at Eötvös Loránd University and at Maastricht University (Netherlands). His PhD dissertation was about issues of public participation in science and technology. In recent years, he has contributed to several participatory research and he is active in fields such as the future of higher education, academic integrity, sustainability and organizational change. In addition, he contributes to the editing process of several domestic and international academic journals as reviewer and/or as guest editor. He is an expert in participatory research methods, organisational research and research methodology. 

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Top 3 publications 

  • Gábor Király, Alexandra Köves, Bálint Balázs (2017) Contradictions between political leadership and systems thinking. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION 170:(1) pp. 134-143.  
  • Gábor Király, Alexandra Köves, György Pataki, Gabriella Kiss (2016) Assessing the Participatory Potential of Systems Mapping. SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE 33:(4) pp. 496-514.  
  • Gábor Király, Zsuzsanna Géring, Alexandra Köves, Sára Csillag, Gergely Kováts (2016) Constructing Future Visions about Higher Education with Participatory Methods. In: Jeroen Huisman, Malcolm Tight (szerk.) Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. Volume 2. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2016. pp. 95-114. (ISBN:978-1-78635-895-0) 

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Nicholas Chandler, PhD  project leader

Nick Chandler is an Associate Professor of the Institute of Management and Human Resources at the Budapest Business School, where he has worked since 1997. He received a PhD in Management from the University of Pannonia. He has lectured a range of courses, such as Strategic Management, Business Economics and Human Resource Management, and is guest lecturer at the University of Lille, France. His research interests comprise the complexity of organisational cultures, family businesses and the culture of cheating. He is currently involved in three research projects involving organisational culture, ethics in higher education and the culture of family businesses. He is a reviewer for several journals such as Personnel Review and Evidence-based HRM and for conferences such as the British Academy of Management and EURAM. He is also a Research Fellow of the Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES) and, most recently, was a track chair for the EURAM 2017 conference. 

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Top 3 publications: 

  • Nick Chandler, Balázs Heidrich, Richárd Kása (2017) Everything changes? A repeated cross-sectional study of organisational culture in the public sector. JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE-BASED HRM- A Global Forum for Empirical Scholarship, (3) Special Issue  
  • Gergely Kováts, Balázs Heidrich, Nick Chandler (2017) The pendulum strikes back? An analysis of the evolution of Hungarian higher education governance and organisational structures since the 1980s, EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL 16:(3) pp. 1-20. 
  • Balázs Heidrich, Richárd Kása, Wesley Shu, Nick Chandler (2015) Worlds Apart But Not Alone: How Wiki Technologies Influence Productivity And Decision-Making In Student Groups, DECISION SCIENCES JOURNAL OF INNOVATIVE EDUCATION 13:(2) pp. 221-246. 

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Sára Csillag, PhD  senior researcher

Sára Csillag is the Vice-rector for Research and Head of the Management Department at Budapest Business School. She is a senior lecturer. She received her Master’s degree and PhD at Corvinus University of Budapest. Her doctoral dissertation ‘Human resource management as a moral maze’ was granted the European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) third prize. Her main research interests include ethical human resource management, business ethics, responsible management, action research, and disability issues in the workplace.  

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Top 3 publications 

  • Sára Csillag, Zsuzsanna Győri, Réka Matolay (2018) Two Worlds Apart? Corporate Social Responsibility and Employment of People with Disabilities, In Ralph Tench, Brian Jones, William Sun (eds.) The Critical State of Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe. London: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 57-81.
  • Sára Csillag, Péter Csizmadia, Kinga Kerekes, Monica Zaharie (2017) Business mentors’ competences in intensive learning environments: lessons from an empirical research, MANAGERIAL CHALLENGES OF THE CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY 10:(1) pp. 102-107. 
  • Sára Csillag, Mihály Kocsis, Éva Balázs, Tessza Udvarhelyi, Irén Vágó (2016) Eight-Point Project: Action Research, as a Development Tool for Non-Profit Organizations. In Vojko Potocan (ed.) Handbook of Research on Managerial Solutions in Non-Profit Organizations. Hershey (PA): IGI Global, pp. 483-498. 

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Katalin Fehér, PhD – senior research fellow

Katalin Fehér Ph.D. with habilitation is a new media researcher and an expert of digital trends. She is a senior research fellow at the Cyber Economy Research Centre and at the Future of Higher Education at Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences. She is also a member of editorial board of KOME international journal, a visiting professor at the Masaryk University and at the University of Lower Silesia. Her research is focusing on new and social media, digital and mobile identity, and also, smart environments and impact of the (weak) AI. She has earned her international experience in the U.S., South-East Asia, the Nordic countries and Far East.

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Top 3 publications:

  • Feher, Katalin (2018) Issues and Consultation Platform in Contemporary Smart or ANI Environments. Fourteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, Society. New York, St. John’s University, Paper 6.
  • Feher, Katalin (2017) NetFrameWork and the Digitalized-Mediatized Self, Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 8:(1) 111–126.
  • Feher, Katalin (2017) Digital Mobilisation and Identity after Smart Turn. In: Information Resources Management Association, Psychology and Mental Health: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. Hershey (PA): Information Science Reference 1811-1832.

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Márton Rakovics  junior researcher

Márton Rakovics, sociologist, survey-statistician, assistant lecturer at the Department of Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, PhD student at Doctoral School of Sociology, Corvinus University Budapest. His doctoral research is about dynamic simulation modelling of social networks. He is currently focusing on the possible applications of machine learning and data mining methods in sociology, and biomarker analysis for blood doping detection in endurance sports.

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Partnerships and memberships:

GEMS – Global Essay Mills Survey

MMIRA – Mixed Methods International Research Association

Center for International Higher Education Studies (CEHEC)

RC07 Futures Research – International Sociological Association