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This year's Annual Research Conference explores how business & management research is delivering impact in a changing world.

Bringing together directors of research, senior scholars and external stakeholders the conference is an excellent opportunity for candid, thoughtful discussion with colleagues from across the UK.

Areas for discussion include:

  • How interdisciplinary research is tackling today's grand challenges and the important contribution that can be made by business & management scholars
  • The relative merits of journals, books, periodicals, monographs and other literature as ways of communicating the impact of business & management research to the outside world
  • The evolution of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and what it means for business schools
  • How scholars and research administrators can work together effectively
  • The latest developments in REF2021
  • How to address the challenge of attracting and developing researchers from a range of backgrounds
  • The opportunities for international research collaborations in a post-Brexit environment

Taking place alongside the main conference is the inaugural Chartered ABS Research Exhibition, a series of interactive displays and installations that bring business school research to life.

The theme for this inaugural Exhibition is 'Solutions for a prosperous and fair society' and it will showcase how business and & management research is delivering a positive impact to business, society and the economy.

Immerse yourself in some of the most exciting and impactful research being conducted by business schools in the UK today.

View the exhibits here

Register for the conference and get priority access to the Exhibition.

Confirmed speakers include:

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Professor Robert Blackburn
Associate Dean, Research, Kingston Business School and Chair, UoA 17 sub-panel, REF2021

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Kirsten Bound
Executive Director of Research Analysis and Policy, Nesta

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Professor Marylyn Carrigan
Director of Research, Keele Management School

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Professor Donna Chambers
Professor of Tourism, Chair, Faculty Research Institute, Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism, University of Sunderland

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Professor Simon Collinson
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham

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Professor Jonathan Crook
Deputy Dean and Director of Research, University of Edinburgh Business School

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Professor Graeme Currie
Pro-Dean Research, Engagement & Impact; Professor of Public Management, Warwick Business School

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Dr Stuart Fancey
Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council

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Professor Richard Harris
Deputy Dean (Research), Professor of Economics, Durham University Business School

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Professor Jean Hartley
Academic Director, Centre for Policing Research and Learning, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University

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Professor Damian Hodgson
Professor of Organisational Analysis, Director, Health Services Research Centre, Alliance Manchester Business School

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Professor Natasha Mauthner
Director of Research, Newcastle University Business School

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Professor Trevor McMillan
Vice-Chancellor, Keele University

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Professor Edoardo Ongaro
Professor of Public Management, Open University Business School

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Professor Alison Park
Director of Research, Economic and Social Research Council

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Professor Kim Soin
Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research and Doctoral College, University of Exeter

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David Sweeney
Executive Chair, Research England

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Professor Dennis Tourish
Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies, University of Sussex Business School

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Lee Waller
Director of Research, Hult International Business School

Programme highlights

Panel Discussion: Addressing grand challenges through interdisciplinary research
Exploring the necessity for interdisciplinary approaches to research on today’s big issues and the important contribution that can be made by business & management scholars.

Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council

Professor Jean Hartley, Academic Director, Centre for Policing Research and Learning, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University

Professor Jill Stavert, Director, Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University

Professor Damian Hodgson, Professor of Organisational Analysis, Director, Health Services Research Centre, Alliance Manchester Business School

Chair: Professor Graeme Currie, Pro-Dean Research, Engagement & Impact; Professor of Public Management, Warwick Business School

 

Discriminating dissemination: publishing for impact
This session will consider the relative merits of journals, books, periodicals, monographs and other literature (including open access) as ways of communicating business & management research to the outside world.

Professor Marylyn Carrigan, Director of Research, Keele Management School

Professor Richard Harris, Deputy Dean (Research), Professor of Economics, Durham University Business School 

Chair: Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Chair in Risk and Resilience. University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School

 

Managing research performance
This session will consider the pressures facing business school researchers (teaching commitments, REF obligations, grant proposals etc) and explore how directors of research and research supervisors can manage the performance of their teams.

Professor Carol AtkinsonAssociate Dean: Research, MMU Faculty of Business and Law

Lee Waller, Director of Research, Hult International Business School

Professor Jonathan Crook, Deputy Dean and Director of Research, University of Edinburgh Business School

Chair: Professor Caroline Gatrell, Associate Head of Research, University of Liverpool Management School

 

Assessing the performance of knowledge exchange: the latest on the KEF

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University

 

Question Time: A conversation about REF 2021
In this interactive session participants will have the opportunity to put questions to key figures involved in REF2021. Questions will be both gathered in advance and taken on the day.

Professor Robert Blackburn, Associate Dean, Research, Kingston Business School and Chair, UoA 17 sub-panel, REF2021

Professor Peter Murphy, Head of Research, Nottingham Business School

David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England

Chair: Professor Natasha Mauthner, Director of Research, Newcastle University Business School

 

The direction of research funding: investing in impact
This session will explore the drivers for research funding (by government, business and the EU) and consider how this is influencing what research is being conducted.

Kirsten Bound, Executive Director of Research Analysis and Policy, Nesta

Professor Maria Burke, Head of Research & Knowledge Exchange, Winchester Business School

Professor Alison Park, Director of Research, Economic and Social Research Council

Chair: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham

 

Recruiting and retaining diverse talent
This session will explore the challenges of attracting and developing researchers from a range of backgrounds. The group will consider early career researchers, doctoral students and experienced scholars.

Professor Donna Chambers, Professor of Tourism, Chair, Faculty Research Institute, Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism, University of Sunderland

Professor Karin Moser, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Director of Research and Enterprise, London South Bank University, School of Business

Professor Kim Soin, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research and Doctoral College, University of Exeter

Chair: Professor Martin Broad, Head, Southampton Business School and Vice Chair, Chartered ABS

 

Working with the Research Office
This session will explore the challenges facing those responsible for research administration and ways in which scholars and the Research Office can work together effectively. 

Joanna GarrickResearch Administrator, Leeds University Business School

Further speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Steve Johnson, Assistant Dean, Research, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

 

Global impact: developing international research collaborations
This session will explore the opportunities for business schools to be involved in conducting impactful research across the globe.

Professor Edoardo OngaroProfessor of Public Management, Open University Business School

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Stephen Perkins, Emeritus Professor, London Metropolitan University

 

Research integrity: the predators in our midst
This session will consider the impact on research integrity and on scholarly activity of predatory journals and conferences and consider ways in which these problems can be addressed.

Professor Elena Antonacopoulou, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, University of Liverpool Management School

Professor Dennis Tourish, Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies, University of Sussex Business School

Chair: To be announced

View the Chartered ABS policy on cancellations, transfers and substitutions.

Early Bird Discounts expire: Friday 18 January

Chartered ABS Members

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Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £439
Full conference without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £399
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner (save 25% on the second place) - Early Bird Discount  £769
Group booking: For groups of 3 or more participants - Early Bird Discount  Please contact us for a bespoke package

Non Members

Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £539
Single day without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £499
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner (save 25% on the second place) - Early Bird Discount  £939

Speakers

Speakers qualify for a special discounted rate of £259 for the full conference and gala dinner

Group Booking Discounts

Bring a group and get a 25% discount on each additional space booked!

This year's conference takes place at the University of Edinburgh's John McIntyre Conference Centre, 

Pollock Halls
18 Holyrood Park Rd
Edinburgh
EH16 5AY

Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. The Chartered ABS have organised some discounted rates with a suggested hotel by the venue.

Salisbury Green Hotel & Bistro
18 Holyrood Park Road,
Edinburgh,
EH16 5AY

This hotel is a 2-3 minutes’ walk away from John McIntyre Conference Centre. It is also a 10-minute drive from Playfair Hall at Surgeons Quarter (the dinner venue)

To book a room here please visit the online booking service http://www.book.accom.ed.ac.uk and quote promotion code EVENT. You will receive 15% off any accommodation booked.

Other suggested nearby hotels include:

 

 

 

Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge
77 South Bridge,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1HN

This hotel is a two-minute walk from Playfair Hall Surgeons Quarter and a 8-minute car journey to John McIntyre Conference Centre

 

Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile Hotel
6 Hunter Square,  Off Royal Mile,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1QW

This hotel is a two-minute walk from Playfair Hall Surgeons Quarter and a 9-minute car journey to John McIntyre Conference Centre

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
9 North Bridge,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1SD

This hotel is a 5-minute walk from Playfair Hall Surgeons Quarter and a 8-minute car journey to John McIntyre Conference Centre

The challenge

Research conducted by UK business schools’ tackles important, real-world challenges; it pushes the boundaries of knowledge; it helps institutions engage with industry and government and it provides a foundation for innovative & enriching undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Yet, very few people outside the academy understand the extent and impact of business and management research. Unlike disciplines such as engineering and medicine the outputs of business school research are not easy to comprehend, even when they have a massive impact.

A solution

Taking place alongside the main conference is the inaugural Chartered ABS Research Exhibition, a series of interactive displays and installations that bring business school research to life.

The theme for this inaugural Exhibition is 'Solutions for a prosperous and fair society' and it will showcase how business and & management research is delivering a positive impact to business, society and the economy.

A competitive submission process generated a large number of excellent display proposals from across the membership. Nine proposals were accepted for the inaugural Exhibition and we are delighted to welcome our exhibitors from: Hult International Business School, Lancaster University Management School, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Nottingham University Business School, York Management School, University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Exeter Business School, Fashion Business School and Warwick Business School.

Immerse yourself in some of the most exciting and impactful research being conducted by business schools in the UK today.

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Smart parks: Technology-enabled societal innovation in national and urban parks

The Smart Parks concept, developed by the Connected Communities Research Lab at Lancaster University Management School, was inspired by the exponential growth in smart technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and Internet of Things, and the opportunities they create for societal innovation in national and urban parks.

There is a growing body of evidence that links people’s use of open green spaces to their physical and mental wellbeing, social cohesion, community effectiveness, and favourable economic and environmental outcomes.

Our interdisciplinary research programme brings together postgraduate students, industry sponsors, community leaders, local businesses, and policy-makers. Innovation is accelerated through prototyping projects, benchmarking, and sharing of good practices.

Exhibited by: Lancaster University Management School

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Using commercial big data for economic and social development: The PARM (Projected Augmented Relief Model) of cellular activity in Tanzania

The display demonstrates the potential for using commercial data to aid development in countries where data streams we take for granted don’t exist or are dysfunctional. Mobile phone records (anonymized) are used to generate socio-economic maps and animations that can inform optimized service location, infrastructure design and transport development among many other applications.

The demonstration consists of a 3D projection derived from mobile phone data from the Kilimanjaro region of Northern Tanzania.

Note: The display was funded by the following projects: 'Neo-demographics: Opening Developing World Markets by Using Personal Data and Collaboration EPSRC EP/L021080/1' and 'From Human Data to Personal Experience EPSRC EP/M02315X/1'.

Exhibited by: Nottingham University Business School

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The business of fashion, textiles & technology: Sustainable growth & prosperity

The exhibition will present a major new research project funded under the government’s Industrial Strategy which is investing over £40m in R&D creative clusters in the UK over the next 5 years.

The Centre for Fashion Business & Innovation Research based at University of the Arts London’s Fashion Business School is leading an industry-HEI partnership on Business Innovation including new business and enterprise models & financing, and Technology Adoption, including AI/VR and sustainable materials development - leading to new product and service innovation and business growth.

The prime beneficiaries are SMEs including BMEs, and fashion design, ‘fashtech’ and manufacturing clusters linked to social and economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and place-shaping - one of the Industrial Strategy objectives.

Exhibited by: Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion

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Developing young adults’ financial capability

Three-quarters of young adults admit to making money mistakes in their first years of financial independence that impact their future lives. Financial capability is a key skill required in adult life, but not all young people have the opportunity to develop this skill.

Our research has led to several interventions to improve young adults’ financial capability. This includes the development of financial education training for teachers and a financial education curriculum for post-16 students (by Young Money) delivered to over 100 schools in England and 3,500 students, that led to measurable improvement in young people’s confidence and ability to deal with a range of financial matters.

Our research will be brought to life via engaging visuals, multi-media and interactive activities.

Exhibited by: University of Edinburgh Business School

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Changing policy and practice in the delivery of adult social care

Demographic change and an ageing population mean analysts expect demand for domiciliary care in the UK to grow exponentially over the coming decades with the result that service performance and quality remain pressing issues for policymakers and stakeholders across the UK.

Research commissioned by the Welsh Government, and undertaken by Professor Carol Atkinson and Dr Sarah Crozier from Manchester Metropolitan University, explored the relationship between workforce terms and conditions and quality of domiciliary care. The research also underpins a Greater Manchester Combined Authority-commissioned study, with a specific focus on adult social care, that offers policy solutions to address low pay, care quality and productivity in Greater Manchester. This forms part of the local Industrial Strategy evidence base to be submitted to central Government in March 2019.

Through engaging with our interactive quiz and short film you can test your own knowledge around adult social care and learn more about how our research findings have impacted significantly on both policy and practice. Members of the research team will be on hand to answer any of your questions and share their research findings with you.

Exhibited by: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

How much green tax should be put on a litre of petrol?

The case for pursuing climate change mitigation policies, including carbon taxes, does not depend only on our knowledge of the underlying natural sciences. Inherently irreducible differences in opinion about what it means to be fair across generations plays an equally important, if less publicly visible, role.

UK business schools have expertise that is currently being used by international government bodies to help evaluate policy proposals in this, and related, areas.

We will ask two simple questions that will allow us to infer delegates’ beliefs about intergenerational ethics. We will then calculate a tax rate on petrol that is consistent with these preferences, and display where their tax rate lies relative to a range of expert recommendations".

Exhibited by: York Management School

Corporate leadership on modern slavery: How have companies responded to the UK Modern Slavery Act one year on?

Further details to be announced

Exhibited by: Hult International Business School

NHSquicker: Informing attendance choices for urgent care

Further details to be announced

Exhibited by: University of Exeter Business School

Warwick Business School’s organising healthcare research network

Further details to be announced

Exhibited by: Warwick Business School

Gala Dinner

Taking place at Playfair Hall on Tuesday 19 November the pre-conference Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner is an ideal opportunity to meet up with colleagues ahead of the main event.

Playfair Hall, Playfair Building
Surgeons Quarter
Nicolson Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9DW

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
oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org