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Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2021

Develop your strategic capabilities to manage research performance, strategy, and funding

The Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) helps those who are preparing for the role of Director of Research to build leadership capacity; to better understand the complexities of the role; and the nuances of delivering a research strategy and mission in these highly uncertain times.

Facilitated by Professor Graeme Currie, Professor of Public Management at Warwick Business School, DPDoR is a multi-dimensional development programme designed to nurture professional and leadership development. Each module tackles a range of critical issues led by expert guest speakers and discussions are under the Chatham House Rule giving participants the opportunity for candid and frank discussion.

Modules are complimented by individual and group projects which participants will work on in between the formal sessions. Over the course of the programme a strong cohort community is created, and participants benefit greatly from this alumni network in the months and years following the programme.

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.

In 2021, DPDoR will be fully online, and the underlying pedagogy has been reviewed to ensure that it takes advantage of opportunities offered by technology to enhance the learning experience. The sessions are a mixture of preparation, information, interaction and discussion. The topics and guest speakers will provoke reflection, thought and action, and the emphasis will be on collaboration and problem solving.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme you will have deepened your understanding about the role of Director of Research and about the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are important in the role. You will have had the opportunity to:

  • 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

Book your place

Please register for DPDoR via the BAM website.

Session One

14:00-16:00, 16 March

Welcome and introductions

In this session we will set up group work based on vision, mission, context and process of research strategy development, which will constitute a ‘red thread’ throughout the programme, and around which participants meet outside sessions. This will be presented in Workshop 6 by each group.

Session Two

14:00-16:00, 20 April

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 Three

14:00 - 16:00, 25 May 2021

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 Four

14:00-16:00, 6 July

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 centre

Session Five*

14:00-16:00, 14 September

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

Session Six*

14:00-16:00, 12 October

Project discussions and programme summation

This session will allow participants to present their group work to the full cohort. Group work will be based on vision, mission, context and process of research strategy development.

* Important notice: A face-to-face gathering

DPDoR 2021 is designed to be a fully online programme. However, if it becomes apparent that it is feasible to have a face-to-face gathering in September or October 2021, and if the group collectively wishes it, then we may replace Sessions Five and/or Six with a face-to-face event. No decision on this will be taken before May 2021 at the earliest and any such decision will only be made after consultation with the full cohort.

Professor Graeme Currie
REF Co-ordinator and Impact LeadProfessor of Public Management, Warwick Business School

Graeme has always been concerned to generate a virtuous relationship between research income, building capacity amongst those that work with him to progress their academic careers, publication outputs, and most importantly impacting health and social care challenges. His work is thus necessarily interdisciplinary, particularly reaching across to clinical academics with whom he loves working, and collaborative with NHS and social care organisations. This has allowed him to draw down significant funding to support large scale research, including that associated with successive rounds of translational health research centres called CLAHRCs/ARCs funded by the National Institute of Health Research and leading a succession of studies funded by the National Institute of Health Research, and most recently the ESRC EXIT Study, focused upon delivery of care at different ends of the age spectrum, children and frail older patients. Increasingly, associated with this, he has engaged in large scale funded international studies, for example in India and Australia. While policy and practice impact represents his main priority, he continues to publish in leading journals, in business and management, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management, Organization Studies, in public administration, such as Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and in health services, such as Social Science and Medicine, Implementation Science. Nevertheless, informed by work experience in his pre-academic life, Graeme remains essentially a practical person.

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

Programme fee: £1,200

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.

To register, please visit the BAM website.