Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2020-2021

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DPDoR supports Directors of Research, and those aspiring to the role, to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities to manage research performance, strategy, and funding in a rapidly changing research landscape. It is also an opportunity to build a strong research leadership network within the UK business school community.

DPDoR has successfully run for over 15 years as part of a joint initiative between the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the British Academy of Management. During this time, the programme has prepared around 250 senior academics to lead their institutions’ research and navigate the internal and external demands of the day.

Click here to register for DPDoR (via the BAM website)


What will the programme cover?

  • The role of Director of Research
  • Developing and leading research strategy
  • Devising research structures and management processes
  • Managing REF
  • Developing funding strategies and driving income
  • Managing institutional research performance
  • Working with HR and managing faculty development and performance
  • Delivering research impact

Programme Benefits

  • Build and enhance the skills and competencies required to be an effective Director of Research
  • Understand how the current external research, funding and policy environment affects your strategy for business and management research
  • Gain confidence in managing internal pressures, relationships, faculty performance and HR.
  • Explore approaches to managing the REF process from strategy, implementation and the presentation of results
  • Work towards your professional development and learning objectives in the context of your institution's research priorities strategy


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

Speakers on previous programmes include:

  • Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean, Cardiff Business School
  • Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Regional Engagement, Birmingham Business School
  • Professor Caroline Gatrell, Associate Dean, Research, University of Liverpool Management School
  • Professor Anne-Marie Greene, Associate Dean Research, University of Leicester School of Business
  • Professor Katy Mason, Research Enhancement Director, Lancaster University Management School
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management
  • Professor Markus Perkmann, Academic Director of the Global Online MBA and Academic Director of the Imperial Enterprise Lab, 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 – Research Strategy

  • Vision, mission, context and process of research strategy development
  • Developing a research strategy from the ground up
  • Managing the components of a research strategy
  • The effect of internal and external context on your research strategy

Session 2 – Managing performance

  • Research strategy metrics
  • Working with HR to manage faculty development & performance
  • Managing faculty research development and performance
  • Benchmarking research performance against competitors

Session 3 – Core Dimensions of Research Income, Capacity Building, Impact

  • Developing a virtuous relationship between research income, capacity building, impact and publications
  • Working with the Research Support Office
  • Developing and managing impact
  • Developing and working into interdisciplinary research centres

Session 4 – Director of Research Role and Moving Onwards

  • How research strategy aligns with wider departmental and university strategy
  • Taking on the DoR role and then moving on to HoD: The relationship between the two
  • Reflections upon improvising the role and surviving
  • Managing the culture and capacity building in the DoR role


Programme Outline

Download the programme here

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 really valued the community of Research Directors that this programme enabled me to connect with. Sharing experiences in candid conversations made this totally worthwhile.”

Professor Katy Mason, Research Enhancement Director, Lancaster University Management School

“This has been an excellent experience. A good balance of interesting guest speakers and discussion within the group. I am going away with a more strategic focus and lots of good ideas I can implement within my institution.”

Dr Marian Iszatt-White, Lecturer in Department of Leadership and Management and LUMS Doctoral Director, Lancaster University Management School

“The programme has been excellent and the input and discussion thought provoking”

Professor Helen Shipton, Professor of International Human Resource Management and Co-Director of the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice, Nottingham Business School

“This was an excellent programme”

Will Harvey, Associate Dean (Research & Impact), University of Exeter

“This was an extraordinary experience, better than my best expectations!”

Alcino Azevedo, Senior Lecturer in Finance, Aston Business School

Session 1: 26 – 27 November 2020
Session 2: 21 – 22 January 2021
Session 3: 4 – 5 March 2021
Session 4: 10 – 11 June 2021

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: £3,735.

A note about Covid-19 and our Development Programmes: We will make every effort to deliver the Development Programme for Directors of Research in 2020/21. Please be reassured that if the programme is cancelled before the commencement of Session One, participants will be entitled to a full refund.

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.