Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2019 – 2020


To register your interest for the 2020 programme, email Pritika Pau or call 020 7634 9582

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
  • Professional development and learning objectives explored in the context of your institution's research priorities strategy.
  • Great opportunities for collaboration and discussion
  • Mentoring with a BAM Fellow
  • Drive the agenda and tailor it to your particular questions.


Professor Graeme Currie, Pro-Dean Research Engagement & Impact, Warwick Business School

Speakers on previous programmes include:

  • 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 Rebecca Taylor, Dean and Director of Studies, Open University 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
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management

DPDoR is fully booked.  To enquire for 2019/2020, please contact Pritika Pau on 020 7634 9582 or

Graeme Currie is Professor of Public Management & Pro-Dean Research Engagement & Impact at Warwick Business School. In the latter role, he endeavours to create an environment within which faculty can publish in the very leading business and management journals. He also encourages faculty to ensure their research addresses grand challenges faced by organizations and society. In so doing, he helps connect business school faculty with those in other university departments concerned with making such impact. Finally, he seeks to develop research capacity through the doctoral programme at Warwick, supporting early career researchers to progress to substantive faculty positions at Warwick or elsewhere.

On a personal level, his research mainly focuses upon healthcare organisation and management, supported by large scale grants from National Institute of Health Research (through their Health Services & Delivery Research and CLAHRC funding streams). He has published in extensively in leading business & management journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations. His work is interdisciplinary, encompassing publications in public administration journals, such as Public Administration Research Public Administration, and in health services journals, such as Social Science & Medicine. In a previous life before becoming an academic, Graeme worked in organization development for the NHS and Rover Car Manufacturing Group.

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

Participants on DPDoR, once accepted, are encouraged to discuss with their Dean or Head of Department their learning objectives and prospective actions for research strategy from the programme. Reflections upon this and discussion about realising prospective learning and actions will form a central component of the DPDoR.


"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

SESSION 1: 15-16 November 2018

SESSION 2: 24-25 January 2019

SESSION 3: 07-08 March 2019

SESSION 4: 13-14 June 2019

The sessions take place in different business schools within London. Please note to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the programme, participants are required to attend at least three of the four sessions.