Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2017-2018


Please note: This programme is currently full. Please email Lisa Boulter if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

DPDoR is a professional development programme designed for those holding a Director of Research post, or those aspiring and working towards the position within their institution. DPDoR has successfully run for over a decade as part of a joint initiative between the Chartered Association of Business Schools (Chartered ABS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM).

What will the programme cover?

  • The role of Director of Research
  • Assessing and developing research strategy
  • Devising research structures and management processes
  • Managing REF results
  • Developing funding strategies and driving income
  • Research training and doctoral programmes
  • Defining research impact

Programme Benefits

  • Develop and enhance the skills and competencies required to be an effective Director of Research
  • Gain confidence in dealing with the REF process from strategy, implementation and the presentation of results
  • Great opportunities for collaboration and discussion
  • Mentoring with a BAM Fellow
  • Drive the agenda and tailor it to your particular questions.

Speakers on the 2016-17 programme included:

  • Professor Rebecca Taylor, Dean and Director of Studies, Open University Business School
  • Professor Robert Blackburn, Associate Dean Research, Director of The Small Business Research Centre, Kingston Business School
  • Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the Deloitte Institute, London Business School
  • Professor Graeme Currie, Professor of Public Management, Warwick Business School
  • Professor Elena Antonacopoulou, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of Liverpool Management School
  • Martin Parker, Professor of Organisation and Culture, University of Leicester School of Management
  • Andrew Sturdy, Head of the Department of Management, University of Bristol
  • Professor Andy NeelyHead, Institute for Manufacturing and Director, Cambridge Service Alliance
  • James Cunningham, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Newcastle Business School

Further details on the BAM website

  • Facilitator

     Rick%20Delbridge Professor Rick Delbridge
    Dean of Research, Innovation & Enterprise, Cardiff University
    Professor Rick Delbridge is Cardiff University's Dean of Research, Innovation & Enterprise and a Professor of Organizational Analysis at Cardiff Business School. He is an experienced research manager having served as the School's Associate Dean for Research from 2008 to 2012 before taking up his university-wide role. He has published widely on management, organisation and employment relations and has served as an Editor for Organization and Academy of Management Review. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Learned Society of Wales.

  • Programme themes

    Session 1 – Developing a Research Strategy
    The first session will explore the role of the Director of Research in the context of business schools and the differing ways one can develop a research strategy

    Session 2 – Income, Students and Engagement
    Once a research strategy has been developed, income is a key priority. Participants will explore the funding landscape and available income sources. The discussion will also focus on the varieties of doctoral programmes and approaches to engagement within research

    Session 3 – Managing research performance and learning from others
    This session will look at the lessons learnt from the REF and, using case studies, will assess how to manage research performance

    Session 4 – Future Priorities: This session will look to the future of your role within business schools
    In the post REF era what is next for the Director of Research? This session will also include opportunities to address the cohort’s interests and issues.


  • Who should apply?

    • Directors of Research
    • Those who are likely to succeed their current Director of Research will also benefit from the programme to prepare for the role

  • Testimonials

    "I would highly recommend the programme to wannabe Director of Research or academics that are passionate about the development of research engagement in their institutions. The workshops further provided the opportunity to network with colleagues from other institutions and to share experience and know-how. The benefits are far-reaching and worth the investment to attend."

    Jonathan Liu, Regent’s University London

    "The course gave me the chance to meet people from a range of institutions, and it was reassuring to see that we share similar problems! The range of speakers and the hard work of the organisers to shape the programme to suit our demands made sure that I didn’t want to miss any of the 8 days."

    Gary Bosworth, University of Lincoln

  • Provisional Dates for 2017-18

    Session 1 – Chartered ABS Office: Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th November 2017

    Session 2 – BAM Office: Thursday 25th – Friday 26th January 2018

    Session 3 – BAM Office: Thursday 8th – Friday 9th March 2018

    Session 4 – Chartered ABS Office: Thursday 14 – Friday 15th June 2018


  • Fees and enquiries

    Early Bird Fee: £3,200 (including dinner, excluding accommodation). Early bird ends 31st July 2017.

    Full Fee: £3,500 (including dinner, excluding accommodation).

    The programme fee must be paid in full upon registration.

    Payments may be made in installments.


    Please contact Lisa Boulter on 020  7634 9582 or