This year's Annual Research Conference explores how business & management research is addressing critical societal and economic challenges; the new opportunities for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in uncertain times; and how research leaders in UK business schools can build capacity, manage performance and support the wellbeing of their research teams. Particular attention will be paid to:

  • Reflections on the REF 2021 results and planning for the next exercise
  • The contribution of business & management research to tackling the climate emergency and making progress on environmental sustainability goals
  • How business school research is helping to drive productivity growth across the UK and overseas
  • New opportunities for business schools to shape the post-pandemic business environment through interdisciplinary research into supply chains, workforce management, entrepreneurship and leadership
  • Developing and nurturing early and mid-career research staff and creating inclusive and diverse research teams within our business schools
  • Evaluating research outputs, securing research funding and aligning impact with research excellence
  • Engaging with the wider stakeholder community of research funders, end-users, interdisciplinary collaborators and policymakers

The conference is the yearly gathering of directors of research, research and innovation leads, senior business & management scholars and knowledge exchange professionals from UK business schools.

After two years of online interactions we are delighted to be coming together in person!

Confirmed Speakers include:

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Dr Sola Adesola
Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Oxford Brookes Business School

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Kenneth Amaeshi
Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director, Sustainable Business Initiative, University of Edinburgh Business School

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Professor Federica Angeli
Chair in Management and Director of Research, York Management School

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Professor Samuel Aryee
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Surrey Business School

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Professor Rob Blackburn
Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Liverpool Management School; Chair, Sub-Panel 17: Business and Management Studies, REF 2021

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Dr Nana O Bonsu
Research & Teaching in Responsible Business & Sustainability, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Birmingham Business School

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Professor Caroline Gatrell
Associate Dean – Research, University of Liverpool Management School; Chair, Chartered ABS Research Committee

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Professor Janet Godsell
Dean, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

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Professor Katy Mason
Associate Dean for Research, Lancaster University Management School; Chair, British Academy of Management

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Professor Ken McPhail
Director of Research, Alliance Manchester Business School

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Professor Collins Ntim
Professor of Accounting, formerly, Deputy Head of School (Research & Enterprise), Southampton Business School

Martyna-Sliwa

Professor Martyna Sliwa
Associate Dean for Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability, Durham University Business School

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Professor Eleanor Shaw OBE
Associate Principal, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

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David Sweeney
Executive Chair, Research England

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Professor Kiran Trehan
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Partnership and Engagement, University of York

Pre-conference Gala Dinner:

Join us on the evening of Monday 20 June for the pre-conference dinner. A great opportunity for informal networking with fellow participants ahead of the main event.

08:50

Registration and refreshments

09:30

Welcome

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Professor Robert MacIntosh, Faculty Pro Vice Chancellor - Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

Professor Caroline Gatrell, Associate Dean – Research, University of Liverpool Management School; Chair, Chartered ABS Research Committee

09:50

Keynote Panel Discussion: A review of REF 2021 and where next for the REF

In the opening session of the conference a high-level panel will reflect on the results of REF 2021 and discuss the implications for the sector of future REF exercises.

Professor Rob Blackburn, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Liverpool Management School; Chair, Sub-Panel 17: Business and Management Studies, REF 2021

Professor Katy Mason, Associate Dean for Research, Lancaster University Management School; Chair, British Academy of Management

David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England

Additional panellist TBA

Moderator: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Faculty Pro Vice Chancellor - Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

10:50

Break

11:30

Breakout Discussions

Business school research and the climate emergency

This session explores how business school research is contributing to environmental sustainability goals; and about the opportunities & challenges facing the research community as a whole in making tangible progress on climate action.

Kenneth Amaeshi
Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director, Sustainable Business Initiative, University of Edinburgh Business School

Professor Federica Angeli
Chair in Management and Director of Research, York Management School

Dr Nana O Bonsu
Research & Teaching in Responsible Business & Sustainability, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Birmingham Business School

Additional speakers TBA

Creating cultures of inclusion

This session explores how business school research leaders can improve gender diversity; recruit more minority ethnic staff; and support the progression of ECRs and doctoral students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds.

Dr Sola Adesola
Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Oxford Brookes Business School

Professor Martyna Sliwa
Associate Dean for Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability, Durham University Business School

Additional speakers TBA

Being a Director of Research: key skills, knowledge and behaviours

This session presents the findings from a Chartered ABS survey into the key characteristics of research leads in UK business schools. Attendees will get detailed insights about the remit, duties, skill and pre-requisites needed by Research Directors; and about how new and aspiring research leaders can develop the knowledge and behaviours needed for the role.

Dr Tim Edwards
Pro-Dean, Research, Impact and Innovation, Cardiff Business School

Professor Caroline Gatrell
Associate Dean – Research, University of Liverpool Management School; Chair, Chartered ABS Research Committee

Ramin Bokaian
Research Manager, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Additional speakers TBA

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Welcome back

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Professor Caroline Gatrell, Associate Dean – Research, University of Liverpool Management School; Chair, Chartered ABS Research Committee

13:40

Keynote Panel Discussion: How business schools are contributing to the UK’s research & innovation ecosystem

In this session a high-level panel will explore how business schools are contributing to important interdisciplinary research projects; knowledge exchange activities; and how business school research is benefiting parent universities and business and society more broadly.

Professor Stephen Brammer, Dean, Bath School of Management

Professor Janet Godsell, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

Professor Ken McPhail, Director of Research, Alliance Manchester Business School

Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Partnership and Engagement, University of York

Moderator:  Professor Eleanor Shaw OBE, Associate Principal, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde; member, Chartered ABS Council

14:40

Break

15:10

Breakout Discussions

Influence and impact beyond the academy

This session explores how business & management researchers can increase the impact of their research by contributing to a wide spectrum of media; and the ways in which business school researchers can engage and inform the wider stakeholder community of research funders, end-users and government policymakers.

Professor Rhona Flin
Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School

Professor Collins Ntim
Professor of Accounting, formerly, Deputy Head of School (Research & Enterprise), Southampton Business School

Professor Laura Spence
Professor of Business Ethics, School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway, University of London

Managing and nurturing ECRs and doctorial Students

This session reflects on the pressures facing Early Career Researchers and explore how directors of research and research supervisors can manage the performance of their teams at a time of resource and opportunity constraint.

Professor Samuel Aryee
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Surrey Business School

Dr Oluwasoye Mafimisebi
Faculty Head of Research Students, Leicester Castle Business School

Additional speakers TBA

Accessing research funding

This session will explore the current drivers for external research funding and explore the ways in which business schools can access funding for research and knowledge exchange.

Professor Mark Stuart
Pro Dean for Research and Innovation, Leeds University Business School

Additional speakers TBA

16:10

Close of conference

This year's conference takes place at:

etc.venues Marble Arch
86 Edgware Road
London
W2 2EA

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We will ensure that the necessary health & safety measures are in place. If you have any particular concerns then please contact Pritika Pau (pritika.pau@charteredabs.org)

Accommodation

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. Details of nearby hotels will be available shortly.

25% Group Booking Discounts available

Members

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

  • Full conference with Dinner - £499
  • Full conference without Dinner - £459
  • Two participants for full conference with Dinner - £869 (save 25% on the second place)

For groups of 3 or more participants or for bespoke combinations of tickets please contact enquiries@charteredabs.org

Non-Members

Universities, public sector, commercial

  • Full conference with Dinner - £599
  • Full conference without Dinner - £549
  • Two participants for full conference with Dinner - £1,039 (save 25% on the second place)

Important: Non-member organisations are are allowed a maximum of two tickets. If you wish to bring more people to the conference please contact Oliver Lowe to discuss sponsorship opportunities oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org

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The pre-conference Gala Dinner takes place on Monday 20 June. It is a great opportunity for informal networking with fellow participants ahead of the main event.

The Gala Dinner will take place at a venue within walking distance of the conference venue in Marble Arch. Further details to be released soon.

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

Oliver Lowe
Head of Conferences & International
Chartered Association of Business Schools
oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org
020 7236 7678

The conference is the yearly gathering of directors of research, research and innovation leads, senior business & management scholars and knowledge exchange professionals from UK business schools.

Sponsoring the Annual Research Conference is a great opportunity to strengthen your relationships with Research Directors, knowledge exchange professionals, and business & management academics at UK business schools,

For information about sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Oliver Lowe
Head of Conferences & International
Chartered Association of Business Schools
Direct: +44 (0) 207 634 9581  Email: oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org