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Analysis of Postgraduate Qualifications in Business & Administrative Studies

This first-of-a-kind report provides detailed insights into postgraduate provision within the fields of Business and Management, and reveals significant changes at both subject and…

Notice of the Chartered ABS Annual General Meeting – Monday 4 November 2019 at 17:20

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Chartered Association of Business Schools will be held on Monday 4 November 2019 at 17:20 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge,…

Dual appointments for Chartered ABS CEO

Anne Kiem has been appointed to policy councils in both the British Academy and Policy Connect.

What Makes a Duck a Duck? A playful Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

One of our teams of 2018 Chartered ABS Scholars shares an update on their insightful - and playful - work to promote EDI.

Addressing the attainment gap: business schools can lead the way by providing an inclusive approach to the student experience

Dr Liz Warren and Dr Dawn Reilly share a cutting-edge method for addressing the attainment gap.

Inaugural Leiden Ranking: Gender Differences in Publication Outputs – Should Business business schools have their own Ranking?

Using a formal ranking system could help business schools identify gender gaps in academic publication.

Open call for Nominations for Chartered ABS Fellows 2019

2019 nominations for Chartered ABS Fellows are now open.

Chartered ABS Council welcomes new members

We are delighted to welcome two new members to the Chartered ABS Council

Chartered ABS Chief Executive recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered ABS and Executive Director of the Small Business Charter, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to small…

Tackling inequality for BAME students and staff in business schools

Professor Sally Everett presents the powerful calls to action from our latest Diversity Workshop

The real impact of business school research – new video highlights positive benefits for the economy and society

Our members discuss the benefits of sharing the impact of their research with wider society.

University of Bristol’s new School of Management declares climate emergency

The University of Bristol’s new School of Management has become the first UK business school to declare a climate emergency.

Call to join new Taskforce – Business Schools and the Public Good

We are looking for applications to join our latest taskforce.

Our 2019 report on Business and Management research funding

We break down the latest HESA data on Business and Management Research Funding

Times Higher Awards 2019 – Open for nominations

The Times Higher Awards are now accepting submissions for their 2019 shortlist.

The changing shape of business education provision – new report launched

In our new report published in partnership with CarringtonCrisp, we examine the changing landscape of business education provision.

Our analysis of business student enrolments: HESA 2017/18 data under the spotlight

Student enrolment in business courses continues to grow, but is still below its peak in 2011/12. There are, however, several positive trends.

Guidance for Deans aspiring to become Vice-Chancellors – report launched

Our latest report, “The Path to Becoming a Vice-Chancellor”, offers advice for business school deans aspiring to Vice-Chancellorship

Kent Business School receives the Small Business Charter award

Kent Business School has become the latest business school to be awarded the Small Business Charter. This national accolade is in recognition of the business school’s expanding…

ESCP Europe London wins Times Higher Education Business School of the Year Award

Chartered ABS member school ESCP Europe are honoured at the 2018 Times Higher awards.

New Chartered ABS Chair and Council members appointed

It is our pleasure to announce Professor Julia Clarke as the new Chair of the Chartered ABS, as well new appointments to other positions and the Chartered ABS Council.

The Impact Factor film reveals the vital role of UK business schools

A showcase of the incredible work of UK business schools.

Annual Survey results: UK business schools forging ahead despite Brexit impacts

Business schools are building partnerships across Europe and globally as access to EU research funding and academic staff decreases.

The second edition of Pathways to Success: Strategic Groups of UK Business Schools

Our analysis of the variety of structures, strategies and business models adopted by UK business schools.

Business schools: less stereotyping and more collaboration in the interests of the nation

Business schools need to raise awareness about what they do, how they add value and how they could do more to help deal with the UK’s current challenges.

Business Productivity Review: Chartered ABS responds

Business Productivity Review: Chartered ABS responds The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has asked for evidence on the firm-level interventions that…

Equality. Diversity. Invisibility? Diversity in the Business School Curriculum

If we looked for visible signs of commitment to diversity in the content of business and management school degrees on your website, would it be easily found?

Research funding for business schools revealed in latest report

UK funding for business and management research in decline whilst funding from EU sources increase

The Impact of Executive Education report

Our study explores how impact is measured and provides insights into factors driving change in executive education.

Strategic groups of UK business schools – analysis now published

We are delighted to publish Pathways to Success – our analysis of the variety of structures, strategies and business models adopted by UK business schools. The survey data,…

The Role of Graduate Employability in Economic Productivity in the UK

Homogenisation vs. Innovation in employability A range of graduate employability interventions exist across the UK Higher Education (HE) sector, involving experiential learning,…

Nominations for Chartered ABS Council members 2017-20

Nominations are sought from Chartered ABS voting representatives who are interested in serving as members of the Council, and therefore trustees of the Chartered charity, for a…

Policy Update: an eventful summer sets the tone for the year ahead

It has been an eventful summer in terms of HE policy, as well as the sometimes very personal attacks launched by Lord Adonis. It is difficult to choose which will have the most…

New Deans and Heads of Business Schools Appointed Across the Sector

A number of new appointments have been made in business school leadership positions towards the end of the last academic year, and as we enter the new year. We are aware of the…

What LEO tells us about our business school graduates

Employability of business undergraduates is above the average for university graduates and a business degree comes with a higher than average earning potential for a graduate…

How can business schools create sustainable competitive advantage?

Mark CusIter provides some key themes as a reminder on how business schools can thrive in the increasingly complex, turbulent and competitive environment that they operate.

Our priorities for the new government

We highlight our members’ key areas of concern which should be priorities for the new government and the universities Minister.

Are you engaged with your alumni?

How business schools can engage with alumni to get the best value from that engagement for both school and alumnus.

Jo Johnson meets Chartered ABS Council

The Minister's first meeting with business school deans.

Research income for business schools – report published

Our latest analysis of research income for Business & Management research.

The Industrial Strategy: the opportunities for business schools and universities beyond STEM

University leaders should be reading between the lines to realise the wider potential of the Strategy

Our students need to understand that haste can make waste

Martin Binks argues that business schools have a duty to train would-be leaders not to act in haste – to appreciate that, though it can be useful and is frequently hailed as a…

‘Teaching’ Leadership

Hugh Davenport on the crucial distinction between leadership and management.

How to get the best out of your advisory board

Professor George Yip on all you need to know about advisory boards and how to really make the most of them.

Annette Cast appointed Dean of UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Annette Cast joins UEL's Royal Docks School of Business and Law in April as the new Dean.

How alumni can help create a new world of business engagement

Professor Zahir Irani explains why he thinks alumni and lifelong learning should be the crux of this new world and why it’s time to recognise the long-term value of alumni and…

Use an “action strategy” to transform a business school

Professor George Yip, talking from personal experience, shares his insights on strategy for change which emphasises action and political support rather than seeking consensus.

Modern-day leadership demands creativity

Professor Martin Binks explores the rapidly changing face of leadership and explains why teaching it is not just about getting people through their exams.

RAU wins two Green Gown Awards

The university was announced Best Newcomer for a small institution and winner of the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship category at the awards ceremony held on 10 November 2016.

The University of Utopia, Ltd.

Mark Gatenby on why 'disciplinarity' has reached its limit and how to encourage a culture of 'post-disciplinarity' in business schools and universities instead.

Autumn Statement: some positives for business schools

Chartered ABS response to the Autumn Statement

Highlights from our Annual Conference 2016

Over the two days at our Annual Conference, delegates engaged in discussions on the impact of Brexit on business schools, the technicalities of the TEF and much more.

Chartered ABS Annual Survey results reveal early impact of Brexit on business schools

Insights into the trends and challenges within the UK business school sector

Surrey Business School appoints new Dean

An organisation theorist by background, Ansgar Richter steps in as Dean of Surrey Business School.

What makes a business school stand out from the crowd?

Can business schools truly be distinctive?

Degree apprenticeships within universities and the role of business schools

What intellectual role can business schools play in making degree apprenticeships work for students, employers and the country?

Internationalisation strategies: The case for staff mobility and the strategic entrepreneur

Dr Alison Pearce on the rise of the strategic entrepreneur.

Opportunities for UK business schools in India

With India set to become the 7th largest economy in the world, Kevin McCole, UKIBC discusses the approach that UK business schools can take to engage further with India.

Our students need “know-how” as well as “know-about”

Martin Binks reflects on the importance of experience as a focus in the business curriculum.

Business school dean on diversity drive

Diversity on campus is about ‘inclusion’ not 'numbers of people’.

Perspectives on: When leadership aligns with learning and teaching

A guest blog from Paul Gentle, the Leadership Foundation...

Innovation: it’s time to practise what we preach

Martin Binks reflects on his five-year stint as Dean of Nottingham University Business School and what business schools can do to keep up with changing times.

New Chair appointed at Chartered Association of Business Schools

The Chartered Association of Business Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Simon Collinson as its new Chair.

Chartered ABS Annual Conference Round-Up

Participants for the Chartered ABS Annual Conference 2015 heard from a range of speakers under the theme of Delivering Value, Driving Growth.

Reflection and updates from the Chartered ABS

Anne Kiem provides some reflections on the eve of a new Chartered ABS Conference.

Business schools as educational provocateurs of productivity via interrelated landscapes of practice

In an ever-changing and global marketplace, it could be argued that the role of business schools is no longer to train graduates for specific roles.

Deans and Directors’ Programme – Participant perspectives

Dr Spinder Dhaliwal gives details of her experience with the Deans and Directors’ Programme (3DP).

A week in the life of an Operations Manager, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham

Ian Hamley of Birmingham Business School provides a glance into the week of an Operations Manager.

Report from the Party conferences and an update on our activities

Anne Kiem provides some insights into our sessions at the 2015 party conferences and future activities from the organisation.

The Alternative Business School

Martin Parker of University of Leicester School of Management gives his perspective on an alternative style of business education.

Senior appointments from across the sector

There have been a number of senior appointments within business schools over the last few months.

Activity update from the Chartered ABS

Anne provides an overview on the latest developments with the Chartered ABS.

Are Women reluctant to take on paid non-executive director roles?

Dr Spinder Dhaliwal looks into the benefits of NED roles and why women should take advantage of such positions.

Top executives complete inaugural UK Bridge Programme

The Chartered Association of Business Schools (Chartered ABS) and AACSB International (AACSB) are delighted to announce that the first participants have successfully completed the…

Reflections on the best methods to support business-to-business school collaboration through School Advisory Boards

What are the best methods to support business to business school collaboration? David Williamson provides his views.

Throwing rocks from inside the hot house

Chris Mabey from Middlesex Business School calls on business schools to be active and conscience stakeholders in society.

Advisory Boards: Bringing Added Value to Business School-to-Business (BS2B) Collaborations

Dr Cathy Garner provides detailed insights into the best ways to utilise business school-to-business (BS2B) collaborations.

New arrival at the University of Derby

Dr David Russell has been appointed as the new Dean of the College of Business at the University of Derby.

Dean appointments from across the business school sector

We take a look at the latest dean appointments across the sector.

What to expect from the new government?

Anne Kiem gives her views on the new government following the 2015 general election.

Getting the business school ‘business-ready’

Dean of London Guidhall Faculty of Business & Law Stephen J. Perkins provides some key insights into transformational change within business schools.

Culture bites! And bites hard: The key importance of embracing culture in organisational change

Cultural Change writers Professor James McCalman and Dr David Potter discuss the importance of organizational culture in enhancing competitive advantage, its impact on managers and…

Association of Business Schools receives Royal Charter

We are delighted to announce that we have received our Royal Charter.

April update from our CEO Anne Kiem

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools provides some insights into our latest activities within this update.

Monthly update from our CEO Anne Kiem

  Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, provides some insights in her latest monthly update As the saying goes, we live in interesting…

Reception of International Business School Associations at ICAM

We are delighted to once again co-host the Annual Joint Reception of International Business School Associations at ICAM, which takes place in Tampa, Florida this year. The…

Senior management appointments and updates

A number of new appointments have been made in business school leadership positions during the first few months of 2015. Professor Toni Hilton has been made Dean of Glasgow School…

First Keynote Speaker Announced for ABS Annual Conference 2015

We are delighted to announce that the Association of Business Schools’ Annual Conference will take place on 9-10 November 2015, in Manchester. We have secured our first keynote…

Publication of ABS Academic Journal Guide 2015

The Association of Business Schools' Academic Journal Guide 2015 will be published on 25th February 2015 at www.bizschooljournals.com. The Guide will be published online and free…

Who’d be a dean? Leadership in a low-authority environment

Prof. Robert MacIntosh et al provide an analysis on leadership in a low-authority environment.

Business school deans go global: A contextual approach

Prof. Kimmo Alajoutsijärvi and Dr Kerttu Kettunen provide an international perspective as part of our Leadership compilation series.

Leadership development beyond the dean’s office

Dr Patrick Cullen of AACSB International provides an international perspective on challenges facing leadership development.

Leadership in business schools and professional services firms

Professor Sandy Pepper discusses the leadership styles in business schools and professional services firms.

Business school leadership: Balancing a portfolio

Kai Peters of Ashridge shares his experience in leading a business school.

Knowing when to step down: A personal reflection

Professor Zahir Irani shares his experience of his time at Brunel University and working with the Cabinet Office.

Leaders on the line: Enhancing the leadership capability of first-line-manager-academics

Prof. Sharon Mavin and Dr Ceridwyn Bessant of Newcastle Business School write on leadership capability of first-line-manager-academics.

Business school deans: Leadership in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment

Prof. Nick Oliver et al discuss leadership in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.

Reflections on my first month at the Association of Business Schools

Our Chief Executive gives her insight into her first month at the association.

Building Leadership Capacity for Business Schools – A collection of thought pieces on leadership in business schools

Overview One of the frequently stated missions of business schools is to produce future leaders who make a difference in the world. Curiously, there are few studies of business…

Back down to earth? Business school leadership in a time of disruption

Prof. Ken Starkey and Dr Christophe Lejeune give their view.

Future-proofing the UK business school deanship: Chartering horses for new courses

Our Deputy CEO provides some analysis of the current challenges to senior leadership at business schools.

Hybrid managers in business schools

Professor Graeme Currie looks at the implications of hybrid managers in business schools.

Future scenarios of business schools and management education

Dr Alex Wilson et al’s 10 year outlook on management education.

Professional Development

International Deans’ Programme

Professional development and support for Deans and Heads of Business Schools with up to three years' experience.

Deans and Directors’ Development Programme

Career development for deans, associate deans and aspiring deans


Chartered ABS Annual Conference

4 Nov 19 - 5 Nov 19

Event venue: London

The major annual gathering of business school deans and senior management teams

Aspiring Women Workshop

3 Dec 19 - 3 Dec 19

Event venue: University of Liverpool in London

This workshop will help inspire women by giving them the confidence and useful practical techniques to progress their career ambitions in business schools.

Deans and Directors’ Development Programme (3DP) 2020

30 Jan 20 - 16 Sep 20

Event venue: London and other UK locations

Overview 3DP supports those preparing for, or aspiring to, the role of Dean or Head of the Business School. The programme offers the ideal environment to both deepen and broaden…

Learning, Teaching & Student Experience 2020

12 May 20 - 13 May 20

Event venue: ICC, Belfast

The UK's leading gathering of business and management educators.


Research Income for Business and Management 2019

Business and Management funding rose over 2017/18, but did not keep pace with inflation.

The changing shape of business education provision

The changing shape of business education provision analyses a range of new and alternative business education providers, and explores how a range of external influences may disrupt…

The Path to Becoming a Vice-Chancellor

Our latest report, “The Path to Becoming a Vice-Chancellor”, analyses the low representation of business school Deans among VCs and offers advice for those hoping to make the…

Pathways to Success: Strategic Groups of UK Business Schools, second edition

Designed to help Deans and Heads of Schools develop business models to support their business schools to operate and grow.

Annual Membership Survey 2018: results and analysis

Assessing key sector priorities for the year ahead

Building an Executive Education Team: A White Paper on key competencies and structures

This white paper will be valuable for business schools looking to build and grow their executive education provision.

Research funding for business schools revealed in latest Chartered ABS report

UK funding for business and management research in decline whilst funding from EU sources increase

Pathways to Success: Strategic groups of UK business schools

Our analysis of business schools across the UK.

Research Income for Business and Management, 2017 report

Chartered Association of Business Schools

Our annual report on research income for UK Business & Management

Annual Membership Survey 2016

Annual snapshot of the trends and challenges in UK business schools

Reflections on the role of the business school dean

This report provides insights into the motivations, expectations, and challenges of university-based business school deans.

Annual Membership Survey 2015

Chartered ABS Annual Membership Survey 2015 This report provides an annual snapshot and insights into some of the key challenges and trends in the UK business school sector.

Building the Leadership Capacity of UK Business Schools: A collection of thought pieces

This series of thought pieces observes the challenges and trends of leadership in business schools through contributions generated from our second annual ‘business school…

Manifesto for Growth 2014

In September 2014, the association outlined its key pledges for the incoming government of the next general election in areas concerning STEMM, business education funding and…

21st Century Leaders: Building Practice into the Curriculum to Boost Employability

This joint report with the Chartered Management Institute and Quality Assurance Agency highlights the gap in the collaboration between employers and business schools. It suggests…

Innovation Task Force Report: “The Role of UK Business Schools in Driving Innovation in the Domestic Economy”

This report identifies opportunities for practical action to increase the impact of British business schools on innovation and growth in the United Kingdom economy. It provides…

Policy Network Brochure 2013: Is it possible to Balance Student Demands with Business Needs?

This publication, which emerged from the 2013 ABS Policy Network meetings discusses current business and management education policy matters besides latest government opinion on…

Pillars and Annual Report 2010/11

This edition of the Pillars report focuses on sustainable economy and provides an account of the organisations’ finance for the year ending 2010

Pillars and Annual Report 2007/08

This edition of the Pillars report focuses on sustainable economy and provides an account of the organisations’ finance for the year ending 2007.