Wednesday 29 March, Birmingham Business School

The Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Research Conference brings together business schools, interdisciplinary collaborators, research funders and policymakers.

The 2017 conference comes at a critical time for the academy and will tackle the important issues around funding, interdisciplinarity, research impact and the REF.

We encourage all those involved in setting business school research strategy to join us for discussion about:

  • The role that business schools play in translating scientific invention into commercially viable innovation
  • How business school research is delivering impact at local, regional, national and international level
  • The implications of Lord Stern's Review of the REF and of the consultation currently underway

Moreover, the evening before the conference there will be a Gala Dinner for all attendees - a great opportunity for informal discussion and networking ahead of the main event.

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Speakers confirmed to date include:



Wednesday 29th March

08:40   Registration and refreshments

09:20   Welcome
Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Chair, Chartered ABS
Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered ABS

09:40   Chair’s opening remarks
Professor Alistair Bruce, Dean, Nottingham University Business School and Chair, Chartered ABS Research Committee

09:50   The outlook for research and innovation funding post-Brexit
Jonas Nystrom, Head of Science and Innovation, HM Treasury

10:30   Panel discussion: Commercialising scientific discovery through interdisciplinary collaboration
Veronique Birault, Head of Translation, Francis Crick Institute
Paul Mason, Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK
Professor Paul Nightingale, Professor of Strategy, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director of Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline
Phil Sooben, Director for Policy and Resources, and Deputy Chief Executive, ESRC
Chair: Professor Alistair Bruce, Dean, Nottingham University Business School

11:30   Break

12:00   Breakout i
Delivering impact through research at a regional and local level
Professor Gillian Armstrong, Head of Department of Accounting Finance & Economics, Ulster University Business School
Rebecca Riley, Director, City REDI
Professor Stephen Roper, Director, Enterprise Research Centre, Warwick Business School
Dr Peter Simpson, Director, N8 Research Partnership
Chair: Professor Simon Mosey, Director, Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Nottingham University Business School

Breakout ii
Delivering impact through cross-border research collaborations
Professor Thorsten Chmura, Director of the Centre for Research in Behavioural Sciences (CRIBS), Nottingham University Business School
Professor Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General, League of European Research Universities (LERU)
Professor David Drewry, Vice President, European University Association
Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña, President, European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
Chair: Professor Rudolf Sinkovics, Director of Research, Alliance Manchester Business School

Breakout iii
Building a research profile
Professor Richard Croucher, Director of Research, Middlesex University Business School
Professor Peter Hahn, Henry Grunfeld Professor of Banking, London Institute of Banking & Finance
Chair: Professor Yehuda Baruch, Research Director, Southampton Business School

13:00   Lunch

14:00   Breakout i
Leading and managing a research team
Professor Stephen J. Perkins, Professorial Research Fellow, Global Policy Research Institute, London Metropolitan University
Professor Christos Pitelis, Head, Brunel Business School
Chair: Professor Richard Thorpe, Emeritus Professor, Leeds University Business School

Breakout ii
Interdisciplinary research
Professor Dennis Leech, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Warwick and Visiting Professor of Government, London School of Economics
Professor Karin Moser, Director of Research and Enterprise, London South Bank University, School of Business
Robert Wardrop, Executive Director, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Cambridge Judge Business School
Professor Leroy WhiteProfessor of Operational Research and Management Science, Warwick Business School
Chair: Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Deputy Head, University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School

Breakout iii
The interaction of teaching and research
Dr Daniela Gabor, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England
Professor Mark Learmonth, Professor of Organisation Studies, Durham University Business School
Chair: Donna Whitehead, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England

15:00   Break

15:30   Panel discussion: REF 2020: look ahead and next steps
Professor Jane Broadbent, Emeritus Professor, Royal Holloway School of Management
Professor Rick Delbridge, Professor of Organisational Analysis, Cardiff Business School
Professor Gerard Hodgkinson, Deputy Head of School, Alliance Manchester Business School
David Sweeney, Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange), HEFCE
Chair: Professor Martin Meyer, Dean, Kent Business School

16:30   Close of conference

Other speakers include:


During the conference, we will launch our annual ‘Research income for business and management’ report (see link for last year's report). The report presents the latest figures and analysis of HEIDI data and promises to be a useful piece of intelligence.

Conference venue

This year's conference takes place at the Alan Walters Building.

Alan Walters Building
Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Please follow the link here to a map of the Birmingham campus, the Alan Walter’s building can be found in the red zone building marked R29.

The conference dinner this will be held in the Noble Room of the Staff House. This is the building marked R24 in the red zone.

Please follow the link here for information on the different ways to travel to the University of Birmingham.


Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements.

For those who wish to stay in the centre of Birmingham the Chartered ABS has arranged preferential rates at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel which is just next to Birmingham New Street Station (from which there is a direct train to the University of Birmingham).

Macdonald Burlington Hotel
Burlington Arcade
126 New Street
B2 4JQ

Preferential rate: £115 bed & breakfast

To book at this rate please email the hotel and quote booking code BIRM280317


Other Hotels that we would recommend within the city centre of Birmingham are:

Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre,
Central Square
B1 1HH

Birmingham Marriott Hotel
12 Hagley Road,
Five ways,
B16 8SJ

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Smallbrook, Queensway,
West Midlands,
B5 4EW

Chartered ABS Members

Not sure whether your institution is a member? Full list available here.

Full conference & Gala Dinner  £479
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £429
Two participants for full conference & Gala Dinner  £839
Group booking: For groups of 3 or more participants please contact us for a bespoke package  Bespoke

Non Members 

Full conference & Gala Dinner  £589
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £539
Two participants for full conference & Gala Dinner  £1,029

 Speakers qualify for the special rate of £259 for the full conference with dinner

Pre-conference Gala Dinner, 28th March from 19:00

We encourage all participants to join us for the pre-conference Gala Diner taking place on the evening of Tuesday 28th March. This will be a great opportunity for informal discussion and networking ahead of the main event.

Please follow the link here to a map of the Birmingham campus, the conference dinner this will be held in the Noble Room of the Staff House. This is the building marked R24 in the red zone.


"A welcome opportunity to network, discuss relevant topics and hear interesting and challenging views." - #ARC2016


"Extremely useful day. Provided a great opportunity to reflect and refocus on school priorities." - #ARC2016

If you wish to speak to us about delegate registration, speaking opportunities or sponsorship, please contact:

Oliver Lowe
Chartered Association of Business Schools
+44 (0) 207 634 9581