Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2018-2019


Please note: The 2017-18 programme was over subscribed. Please email Lisa Boulter to express your interest for the 2018-19 programme.

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

  • 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

  • Dates for 2018-19 will be announced shortly. The programme starts in November. It includes four modules of two days each between November and June.


    The sessions take place in different business schools within London.

  • Fees and enquiries

    The fees for 2018-19 will be available shortly. The fees for 2017-18 were as follows:

    Early Bird Fee: £3,200 (including dinner, excluding accommodation).

    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