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

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 Rachel Ashworth, Dean, Cardiff Business School
  • James Cunningham, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Newcastle Business School
  • Professor Caroline Gatrell, Professor of Organisation Studies, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Katy Mason, Professor of Markets, Marketing and Management, Lancaster University Management School
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management
  • Professor Markus Perkmann, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London

Register for DPDoR

Click here to register for the programme (via BAM).

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 working towards the role of Director of Research

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: 14-15 November 2019
Session 2: 23-24 January 2020
Session 3: 5-6 March 2020
Session 4: 11-12 June 2020

The sessions take place in different business schools within London.

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. A participant will not be awarded a certificate of completion if they fail to attend more than one session.

Programme fees include lunch, an evening meal and course fees. Please note participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation and travel.

Programme fee: £3,670.

Please note: Due to the nature of the programme which focuses on personal development and encourages frank and open discussion, it may not always be suitable for two participants to attend from the same institution. If we receive two registrations from individuals at the same institution we will notify the institution and the participants, taking account of when the registrations were received, and ask for guidance on whether one or both can attend on the same programme.

If you have any queries, please contact Pritika Pau on or 020 7634 9582.