Laboratory (BS-Lab) is a nonprofit professional and academic
association aiming to promote research and teaching about social and
business systems. Bs-Lab is unique in bringing together the worlds
of reflective practice and thoughtful scholarship.
The Association focuses
on the development and dissemination of insights on the systemic
approach to business sciences, as well as on fostering contacts and
interchange of firms and academia. We aim to act as a catalyst for
building and disseminating new ideas in research, practice and
teaching around a set of multi-field core issues about social and
The Association operates
exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes to
promote and encourage superior research and practice in the field of
business systems. The activities include, among others, the
publication of academic journals, the cooperation and interchange of
ideas among academics, business practitioners, and consultants
through workshops and conference events, the acknowledgement of
achievement and scholarly excellence, as well as the establishment
of high ethical standards in the conduct of business. Bs-Lab is
membership-based and was founded on 30th December 2011, starting its
activity in 2012.
We appreciate and are
interested in anyone who wants to make a contribution to the field
through membership or participation in the various activities of
To be a
bridge between the business community and the academia.
Our Logo: Why the labyrinth?
Of course the naming has been a reason, with the assonance
Laboratory... Lab ... Labyrinth. But the choice of our logo was not
based mainly on a naming issue.
The labyrinth is a symbol of the reality we have to face.
The symbol of the labyrinth appears in different times and places;
it is a place for meditation and thinking that we can find already
rock carvings of the Megalithic Hera in Scotland, Ireland, Spain; we
can also find it in the American natives' culture, at Crete, in
ancient Greece and also more recently in Christian Cathedrals.
Therefore, the labyrinth is a universal symbol. There are several
interpretations of it, but all of them follow a common fil rouge of
meaning in all fields: philosophy, psychology, painting,
architecture, religion, etc.
The labyrinth also alludes to the pangs and the doubts of men. In
the late Middle Age, the labyrinth becomes an allegoric symbol of
Christianity, representing the challenges that believers have to
face through the twisting way to arrive to the Heavenly Jerusalem.
Hence, the labyrinth is the symbol of a long and difficult path to
reach the Center; a symbolic path through adversities to reach truth
and knowledge.The Center is the symbolic place where it is possible
to find the key to understand the inner meaning of the path.
Today, the international academic community has to cover a hard path
through many changes, legislations and regulations that create
serious constraints to the way of knowledge.
The business community as well has to face many issues, and needs to
find new ways to achieve the center find ways to deal with
BSLab is a place of dialogue and communication between firms and
international academy, where we aim to find the "Ariadne's thread"
to get out from constraints and troubles finding the way to the
center of today's' social labyrinth.
The Business Systems Laboroatory fosters the value of meritocracy in
every field. BSLab distances itself from every kind of lobbying
(also academic) trying to subverte the key principle of merit as
founding value for the costruction of a fair society.
- Planning and promotion of
interdisciplinary research about business and entrepreneurial
systems in business management, marketing, communication, sociology,
natural sciences, finance, law, innovation and local development;
- Support of research that is considered useful to develop
entrepreneurial and managerial knowledge and skills in the local and
global socio-economic and business environment;
- Helping researchers through the planning of international and
- Helping firms and institutions through the trasmission of
knowledge about business and innovation systems;
- Financing scholarships to help researchers to develop research
project in the fields of study of the Association.