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

In 2013 the ABS published a taskforce report on “The Role of UK Business Schools in Driving Innovation in the Domestic Economy”, which not only analysed the environment at the time, but made a number of recommendations for the way forward, some of which have since been successfully progressed.

In 2016 we published our taskforce report “Business schools: delivering value to local and regional economies”, again with a number of recommendations which have been acted upon.

We are now starting work on our third taskforce, which has a working title of “Business Schools and the public good”. The actual title will be decided on by the members of the taskforce. The purpose of the taskforce is to explore the current picture and make recommendations for the future. With ‘the purpose’ of universities being increasingly scrutinised we need to be clearer about what it is business schools deliver for the public good, what more could and should be done, and how this needs to be supported by the many stakeholders. An increasing number of business schools are focusing their mission statements around this area, but do their actions support their words?

We are looking for academics and non-academics with interest and expertise in this area, who will ask the difficult questions, formulate the themes of the report and deliver recommendations for business schools and other stakeholders. As in previous years we would like co-chairs, one an academic and one from a business or not-for-profit background. They will be supported by members across the stakeholder panorama and with administrative support from the Chartered ABS.

The project will last no longer than one year, with a suggested six face-to-face meetings during that time.

Academics wishing to be considered for a position in the chair or as a member of the taskforce should send a short letter explaining what they could bring to the role, as well as a short CV.

Non-academics interested in joining the taskforce as either a member or as a co-chair are invited to contact us for a discussion first, or to simply apply with a letter outlining their interest and expertise as well as a CV.

For expressions of interest please contact

The deadline for all expressions of interest is Friday 31 May 2019.

To read and download the full purpose and aims of the taskforce, click here.