About Us

Our mission:

Supporting and championing business schools for the benefit of business and society.

About us and the UK business school sector:

We are the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector. We support our members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research, and help shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.

The UK’s business schools contribute over £13b to the UK economy annually through their teaching, research and wider impacts. They teach more students than any other subject in UK universities. Business and management graduates go on to lead global businesses or become entrepreneurs, contributing to our dynamic economy. Business school research has an impact across society and helps to turn our capacity for invention into viable businesses. Our members consist of 120 business schools and higher education providers, as well as affiliate stakeholders, corporate members and international partners.

We deliver our mission through:

Building relationships with key stakeholders, partnering effectively and promoting awareness of the scale, scope and impact of business school research and education.

Developing talent, sharing good practice, creating networks and celebrating excellence.

We support the development of staff across business schools. Our professional development programmes, conferences, events, digital content, and the Certified Management & Business Educator scheme help support roles including Deans, Directors of Research, Directors of Learning & Teaching and teaching faculty, Directors of Executive Education, Heads of Professional Services, and staff responsible for international strategy, enterprise activities, and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Gathering data, conducting impactful research and sharing insights that support our members to understand the world in which they operate.

We're mindful of significant changes in our operating environment:

The central importance of the EDI agenda and promoting dialogue to help member schools lead and shape the agenda by foregrounding EDI with our student communities, amongst our staff and in everything we do.

The opportunities to review pedagogy post-Pandemic as place, space and technology influence possibilities for learning in member schools.

The ways in which organisational change in the wider economy create opportunities for business and management research, scholarship, knowledge exchange and leadership to have an impact.

The availability of significant new multidisciplinary and challenge-led research funds creates new opportunities to collaborate both within and beyond business schools.

The increased pressures facing business school staff and students and the need to nurture well-being and resilience as a response to those pressures.

The changing nature of international partnerships and student recruitment for member schools.

The changing expectations of employers and students in relation to skills delivered in business schools.

The pervasive importance of sustainability.

Our Priorities for 2022-23 are:

1. Build on the progress we have made in embedding equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our core activities. We will enhance our EDI activities by highlighting innovation and good practice and sharing this both within and beyond our membership.

2. Creating spaces for members to better understand, and respond to, the rapidly changing regulatory environment for higher education and the post-pandemic landscape by sharing experiences of the models and practice in research, knowledge exchange, pedagogy and leadership which work for business schools.

3. Support member schools as they pursue the sustainability agenda in curricular terms, in our operations, and through the practices and insights we embed in the full range of organisations with which business schools work.

Fellows of the Chartered Association of Business Schools

Chartered ABS Fellowships are awarded to those individuals who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to our mission to provide support for the UK's business schools and add value to their work. Fellows are peer-nominated following an open call for nominations, and new nominations and awards are made annually.

  • Anne Kiem OBE
  • Professor Robert Blackburn
  • Janine Ellis
  • Adam Harper
  • Professor David Sweeney CBE
  • Professor Jane Harrington
  • Paula Whitehouse
  • Professor Timothy Mescon
  • Michelle Ovens CBE
  • Professor Alistair Bruce
  • Helen Miller
  • Joe Hall
  • Professor Debra Leighton
  • Professor Baback Yazdani
  • Professor Simon Collinson
  • Stuart Miller
  • Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE, DL
  • Rt Hon The Lord Young of Graffham CH
  • Professor Angus Laing
  • Professor Jerry Forrester
  • Professor Mike Jackson OBE
  • Jonathan Slack
  • Ann Ridley
  • Professor Michael Osbaldeston OBE
  • Professor Huw Morris
  • Professor John Saunders
  • Professor Robin Wensley
  • Professor Andy Lock
  • Professor Arthur Francis
  • Professor Sue Cox
  • Professor Peter McKiernan
  • Professor Andrew Pettigrew
  • Professor Jean Woodall
  • Professor Howard Thomas
  • Professor Dame Sandra Dawson
  • Professor Sir George Bain
  • Professor Georgina Andrews
  • Professor Julia Clarke
  • Professor Mark Hart
  • Dr Andrew Glanfield

The value of business school research and education

UK business schools are an integral part of students' careers, their universities, the economy, and society as a whole. Our Impact Factor reel explores the many ways the many ways the study of business and management adds value to the UK and tackles the grand challenges.