Developing students’ soft skills through business competitions

Developing students’ soft skills through business competitions One consequence of a ‘monetised’ higher education system is that students expect value for money and a…

LinkedIn: Maximising the relationship between business schools and their final year students

LinkedIn: Maximising the relationship between business schools and their final year students In an environment where prospective students’ decisions about their education are…

Greening accounting and finance curricula

All these challenges represent great pressure to encourage us to think about the process of greening accounting and finance curricula.

How the MBA can be saved by small firms and apprenticeships

Professor Zahir Irani, Executive Dean, University of Bradford explains how a reinvented form of the MBA may well hold the key to its survival.

Putting theory into practice – report from the April meeting of the Professional Managers’ Committee

The Professional Managers' Committee met on April 20th, our second meeting of the year. We can say with confidence and pride that our key projects are gaining momentum and we look…

Equality. Diversity. Invisibility? Diversity in the Business School Curriculum

If we looked for visible signs of commitment to diversity in the content of business and management school degrees on your website, would it be easily found?

Aligning professional service staffs’ performance and training with strategic goals

In practice, for many in professional service roles there are few ways to demonstrate clear linkages between goals for the year. This case study provides a solution.

Driving organisational change and impact: case study on using the Chartered ABS professional development matrix

The professional management matrix has helped to drive a cultural and efficiency change across our faculty of business.

THE Awards’ Business School of the Year – Saïd Business School

A case study on why Saïd Business School won Business School of the Year at the THE Awards

Confessions of a judge for the Times Higher Education awards

Are you thinking of applying for Business School of the Year? Anne Kiem, Chartered ABS CEO, sits on the THE Awards judging panel and shares her advice.

Revisiting the One-Minute Paper in the Digital Age

Can a Digital One Minute Paper help support teaching, especially in large multi-national classes?

Supporting non-traditional students into employment

Reflecting on recent blog posts on this website it is clear that one of the fundamental roles of business schools is to ensure our graduates transition successfully into meaningful…

A positive outlook for 2018 for the Chartered ABS Professional Managers’ Committee

The first meeting of 2018 for the Professional Managers Committee let us take stock of the successes of the previous year and look to the future, with a wealth of reports to…

Innovation in Executive Education: Developing Active Citizenship – The Next Generation Awards, Birmingham Civic Society

Challenging existing notions of executive education by developing active citizenship among young people - a case study from Aston Business School

Get ahead in executive education – measure your impact

In the same week that Chartered ABS launched their report on the 'Impact of Executive Education', LinkedIn launched 39 new skills development courses.  These courses are now part…

Why business schools should be aware of how the media genders women leaders and managers

How can business schools help prevent gender stereotypes hindering the progress of the future business leaders they teach?

‘Letting go’ to embrace the flipped classroom

The flipped classroom is now synonymous in discussions and presentations concerning new ways of teaching. It struck me that the presentations we deliver focus on the practical, on…

Are business schools fit for the future?

“The future of business schools is tied up with their future legitimacy.”

The role of business schools within universities

“A refocus of research on business practice could prove to be the saviour of both business schools and their parent universities.”

Championing diversity in the workplace starts at (business) school

“business schools have a role to play as brokers across the many divides that separate people today”

E-learning for Teaching Accountancy: Turning theory into practice

Just over a year ago I wrote a similar thought piece stating that it was imperative universities ensure undergraduate and post graduate accountancy students have strong IT skills…

Regional growth, productivity and the role of the business school

How can business schools boost regional economic productivity?

What do leaders need to operate in a world of disruption?

A personal perspective on what business schools can do to prepare future leaders

Rethinking and Re-evaluating the Purpose of the Business School

"To produce responsible, authentic leaders, business schools need to develop more holistic management education models"

Becoming anchor institutions: embedding business schools in regional economies

How can business schools have a greater impact on regional economies through research and better engagement?

Gendered language and the recruitment process – a lesson for business schools

Women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions is a widespread phenomenon and attributed to a number of factors. Business schools are no exception to this challenge and are…

The Role of Graduate Employability in Economic Productivity in the UK

Homogenisation vs. Innovation in employability A range of graduate employability interventions exist across the UK Higher Education (HE) sector, involving experiential learning,…

How learning technology can help you support and steer your students

Advances in technology have wrought many changes to education - and especially higher education - over the past two decades, with the internet blasting access to information far…

Policy Update: an eventful summer sets the tone for the year ahead

It has been an eventful summer in terms of HE policy, as well as the sometimes very personal attacks launched by Lord Adonis. It is difficult to choose which will have the most…

The Specialist Generalist

Dr Andrew Glanfield explores the concept of the Specilaist Generalist which is gaining traction amongst college and central professional services audiences at Cardiff Business…

Reading? It’s still critical

Pearson is conducting research with Swansea University and University of Sheffield to understand the impact of providing core learning content in new ways, motivating and engaging…

Learning to play the game: delivering a Live Project to 800 First Year Business students

Find out more about Live Projects at the University of Bedfordshire Business School and how getting students involved in such campaigns has been a huge success. It has also been a…

Reflections on ‘the incredible machine – what next for TEF’, a WonkHE conference

Martin Pearson, Research Manager at Chartered ABS reports on the recent Wonkhe conference on the TEF, focusing on the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data presented by WonkHE…

What LEO tells us about our business school graduates

Employability of business undergraduates is above the average for university graduates and a business degree comes with a higher than average earning potential for a graduate…

How we can open more doors for all students?

Professor Irani argues that business schools have an essential role to play in helping employers get to a stage where diversity is no longer such a thorny problem, tainted by…

How can business schools create sustainable competitive advantage?

Mark CusIter provides some key themes as a reminder on how business schools can thrive in the increasingly complex, turbulent and competitive environment that they operate.

Interdisciplinary funding breakthrough for the York Management School: IKnowFood

Bob Doherty explains how the IKnowFood project takes an interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder approach to develop a unifying understanding of ‘food system resilience’ through the…

What makes an award winning business school?

Read about previous winners of the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year award which recognises outstanding overall performance in business schools both within…

Master or apprentice?

Businesses paying the new Apprenticeships Levy can see that the best way to take advantage is by getting more experienced managers to take on apprenticeships themselves,…

The changing nature of work

How can academics prepare students for a different world of work, with different career journeys? Jane Partridge argues that an active blended learning approach is required.

Are you engaged with your alumni?

How business schools can engage with alumni to get the best value from that engagement for both school and alumnus.

Valuing Professional Services Staff

Professor Julian Gould-Williams explores the four ways in which managers can reinforce a sense of value and appreciation amongst professional services staff.

Doors are for people with no imagination!

What can we do to foster employability and to develop the creative skills that are currently in decline and how can we assess students in ways that test this?

Are business lecturers now part of the ‘edutainment’ business?

According to Professor Irani, in terms of day-to-day practice the pull towards vocational education means the pressure is on for academics to be more like facilitators rather than…

The Future You: Preparing final year students to transition to employment

Find out how Bedfordshire Business School's innovative unit entitled ‘The Future You’ helps students become effective practitioners in the workplace.

The application of flipped instructional model and team-based learning in Asian classrooms

Do the flipped instructional model and team-based learning (TBL) approaches make sense in the Asian classroom setting? Are there cultural factors that need to be addressed for its…

Cross-year student-led teams: Playful team formation

Dr Alexander Kofinas explores the benefits of cross-year business projects on student learning and experience.

Brexit from the view of EU business school students

Students from the Netherlands recently visited Alliance Manchester Business School - what do they think about the UK's decision to leave the EU?

What are the opportunities for business schools in the Brexit negotiations?

In the light of Brexit, business schools can contribute much in terms of perspectives on new markets, on new relationships with existing trading blocs and on the relationship…

The Industrial Strategy: the opportunities for business schools and universities beyond STEM

University leaders should be reading between the lines to realise the wider potential of the Strategy

Tackling Business Entrepreneurship – From a business student to a modern day entrepreneur

Kate Pascoe on the changes in the approach to teaching Business Entrepreneurship as students become more engaged in the entrepreneurial process.

The impact of Brexit on recruiting business students

Aaron Porter provides fresh analysis of student recruitment data and the emerging markets.

The role of alternative providers in Higher Education

Hema Tank explains why LIBF are living proof that alternative providers can offer high quality education and a valuable student experience.

Our students need to understand that haste can make waste

Martin Binks argues that business schools have a duty to train would-be leaders not to act in haste – to appreciate that, though it can be useful and is frequently hailed as a…

‘Teaching’ Leadership

Hugh Davenport on the crucial distinction between leadership and management.

How to get the best out of your advisory board

Professor George Yip on all you need to know about advisory boards and how to really make the most of them.

How alumni can help create a new world of business engagement

Professor Zahir Irani explains why he thinks alumni and lifelong learning should be the crux of this new world and why it’s time to recognise the long-term value of alumni and…

Careers is the soul of every business school

Should Careers teams be encouraged to make the shift from being ‘remedial’ advice providers to leaders in people development and career change? After all, isn’t this the nub…

Identifying and Recognising the Contributions of Professional Services Staff

The contribution of professional services staff to student performance outcomes is often underestimated. Professor Julian Gould-Williams explores how to address this.

Use an “action strategy” to transform a business school

Professor George Yip, talking from personal experience, shares his insights on strategy for change which emphasises action and political support rather than seeking consensus.

Modern-day leadership demands creativity

Professor Martin Binks explores the rapidly changing face of leadership and explains why teaching it is not just about getting people through their exams.

The University of Utopia, Ltd.

Mark Gatenby on why 'disciplinarity' has reached its limit and how to encourage a culture of 'post-disciplinarity' in business schools and universities instead.

More than a product: Executive Education as a catalyst

Sarah Lethbridge takes a closer look at the contribution that executive education brings in supporting the three key functions of business schools: Research, Teaching and…

The Brexit judgement of the High Court

Professor Matthew Humphreys shares his thoughts on the recent Brexit rulings in the High Court.

A short-term route to long-term failure

Professor Martin Binks on how business schools should adapt their, often, short-term approach in order to improve "learning velocity" and the student experience as well equip…

Beyond the classroom walls: The role of online learning

“Will online learning replace the role of good faculty?” and “Isn’t online learning poor quality by its nature because it replaces a highly interactive classroom experience…

Hubs: Creating student centric services at Cardiff

Find out about the student-centric approach at Cardiff that led to the creation of 'hubs' to provide timely and effective support.

Could the Apprenticeship levy impact HE routes into management and the professions?

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of AELP looks at the growing importance of degree apprenticeships

Reflections on Lord Stern’s review of the REF

Adam Golberg, Research Manager, provides his key insights into Lord Stern's review of the REF.

E-learning for teaching Accountancy – universities need to embrace or face being obsolete!

Paul Caulfield on the importance of computer literacy and the integration of relevant software in accountancy courses.

Leading the Way in Personalisation and Experiential Learning

Dean of Nottingham Business School on student personalisation.

What makes a business school stand out from the crowd?

Can business schools truly be distinctive?

Designing online courses: what do learners value?

A review of learners' preferences and expectations of online courses.

In favour of a gamified, narrative-based assessment regime 

Dr. Alexander Kofinas explores how educational gamification and the narrative approach to assessment, results in a successful learning experience.

The proposed TEF: Destinations as a measure of teaching quality?

Harriet Richmond looks at the appropriateness of key metrics that will underpin the assessment of teaching quality under the proposed TEF.

Degree apprenticeships within universities and the role of business schools

What intellectual role can business schools play in making degree apprenticeships work for students, employers and the country?

Internationalisation strategies: The case for staff mobility and the strategic entrepreneur

Dr Alison Pearce on the rise of the strategic entrepreneur.

Business school leaders must do more to support sustainability champions

Research findings have shown that business school leaders could do more to support their staff to fully integrate sustainability into the curriculum and culture of their…

Opportunities for UK business schools in India

With India set to become the 7th largest economy in the world, Kevin McCole, UKIBC discusses the approach that UK business schools can take to engage further with India.

Teaching Entrepreneurship “know-how” as well as “know-about”

Nigel Adams explains how Buckingham Business School encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Rules and Values: Expectations for a Business Ethics Course

Dr Suzy Jagger explores the impact of rules-based and values-based pedagogic approaches to business ethics.

Blended Learning: Embedding Technology in the Classroom

Dr. Michael Reynolds looks at how technology can be best used in the classroom.

Executive education in China: What is the opportunity for UK business schools?

The Chartered ABS joined UKTI on a mission to China to explore the opportunities for executive education.

A deeper personalised learning experience: blending technology and a face-to-face approach

The power that today’s technology brings is creating a new wave of possibilities and opening many avenues for improving the student experience and making it more personalised.

Style and Substance: how second language affects academic attainment

Dr. Sue Daley-Yates argues that international students can be better supported if universities offer an organised proofreading service.

Our students need “know-how” as well as “know-about”

Martin Binks reflects on the importance of experience as a focus in the business curriculum.

Business school dean on diversity drive

Diversity on campus is about ‘inclusion’ not 'numbers of people’.

Smoke, Suspense, and Scheherazade – Using Theatrical Devices to Engage the Student

Dr. Rob Baker on using theatrical devices to engage students and the impact of performance based teaching on student motivation.

Perspectives on: When leadership aligns with learning and teaching

A guest blog from Paul Gentle, the Leadership Foundation...

Innovation: it’s time to practise what we preach

Martin Binks reflects on his five-year stint as Dean of Nottingham University Business School and what business schools can do to keep up with changing times.

Reflection and updates from the Chartered ABS

Anne Kiem provides some reflections on the eve of a new Chartered ABS Conference.

The business of international marketing – using data and insights to improve student recruitment

With a backdrop of concern about immigration and Theresa May’s recent hard hitting party conference speech Jamie Laird, Head of Market Intelligence at Hobsons examines how…

Developing leadership potential in undergraduates

Business Schools have a duty to create robust and effective leadership programmes at the undergraduate level, as demonstrated by the LaunchPad programme.

Business schools as educational provocateurs of productivity via interrelated landscapes of practice

In an ever-changing and global marketplace, it could be argued that the role of business schools is no longer to train graduates for specific roles.

Deans and Directors’ Programme – Participant perspectives

Dr Spinder Dhaliwal gives details of her experience with the Deans and Directors’ Programme (3DP).

A week in the life of an Operations Manager, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham

Ian Hamley of Birmingham Business School provides a glance into the week of an Operations Manager.

Report from the Party conferences and an update on our activities

Anne Kiem provides some insights into our sessions at the 2015 party conferences and future activities from the organisation.

What can business schools do to drive up the UK’s productivity?

Warwick Business School's Prof. Keith Glaister explores how business schools can address the UKs productivity crisis.

The Alternative Business School

Martin Parker of University of Leicester School of Management gives his perspective on an alternative style of business education.

Advisory Boards: A personal perspective

Ann Francke shares her experiences on working within advisory boards and why they are advantageous for business schools.

The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations

A Chartered ABS review of the recent report on business-university research collaborations

Activity update from the Chartered ABS

Anne provides an overview on the latest developments with the Chartered ABS.

Professional managers – the hunt for added value

Dr Andy Earwaker discusses the realities of the professional managers role within business schools.

Are Women reluctant to take on paid non-executive director roles?

Dr Spinder Dhaliwal looks into the benefits of NED roles and why women should take advantage of such positions.

The challenge to international recruitment continues

Marie Clark from Hobsons provides some insights into the latest government proposals for international students.

Reflections on the best methods to support business-to-business school collaboration through School Advisory Boards

What are the best methods to support business to business school collaboration? David Williamson provides his views.

Communicator-in-chief: the key trait for entrepreneurs building businesses

Michael Hayman MBE and Nick Giles offer a unique perspective on leadership and entrepreneurism.

Do business schools really understand what employers want from their graduates?

What do employers really want from business school graduates? Professor Zahir Irani of Brunel Business School examines current trends in this exclusive blog piece.

Throwing rocks from inside the hot house

Chris Mabey from Middlesex Business School calls on business schools to be active and conscience stakeholders in society.

Advisory Boards: Bringing Added Value to Business School-to-Business (BS2B) Collaborations

Dr Cathy Garner provides detailed insights into the best ways to utilise business school-to-business (BS2B) collaborations.

What to expect from the new government?

Anne Kiem gives her views on the new government following the 2015 general election.

Feeling the pressure: The neuroscience of learning to lead

Academics from Ashridge Business School present findings which reveal that experiential learning, mimic the stress of leadership and better prepare managers for similar situations…

Getting the business school ‘business-ready’

Dean of London Guidhall Faculty of Business & Law Stephen J. Perkins provides some key insights into transformational change within business schools.

Culture bites! And bites hard: The key importance of embracing culture in organisational change

Cultural Change writers Professor James McCalman and Dr David Potter discuss the importance of organizational culture in enhancing competitive advantage, its impact on managers and…

Is it time to move the employability debate on?

The employability of graduates has been a concern across the sector, and a subject of much debate, for a number of years. This piece looks at how work around employability can be…

Student employability and business collaboration

Mike Cherry of FSB provides some analysis on employability.

2015 General Election – Election update from James Newhall

James Newhall provides an update on general election trends.

April update from our CEO Anne Kiem

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools provides some insights into our latest activities within this update.

General Election 2015: Shadow Minister for Immigration David Hanson MP

As part of our lobbying for an incoming government we have put questions towards three political party spokespeople including David Hanson MP Shadow Minister for Immigration for…

General Election 2015: Conservative Minister for Security and Immigration James Brokenshire MP

As part of our lobbying for an incoming government to change current immigration legislation affecting international students, we have put questions towards James Brokenshire MP…

General Election 2015: Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Home Affairs, Justice & Equalities Julian Huppert MP

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs, Justice & Equalities Julian Huppert MP talks to us about his partys' policies ahead of General Election 2015.

General Election 2015 – Analysis from James Newhall

James Newhall provides an analysis on how the election could effect business schools.

Monthly update and future plans from our CEO Anne Kiem

Our CEO provides an update on our recent events and plans for future programmes.

Update on our Royal Charter application and other news from our CEO

As we start the New Year we are looking forward to the completion of process leading to the Association of Business Schools gaining a Royal Charter and becoming the Chartered…

Who’d be a dean? Leadership in a low-authority environment

Prof. Robert MacIntosh et al provide an analysis on leadership in a low-authority environment.

Business school deans go global: A contextual approach

Prof. Kimmo Alajoutsijärvi and Dr Kerttu Kettunen provide an international perspective as part of our Leadership compilation series.

Leadership development beyond the dean’s office

Dr Patrick Cullen of AACSB International provides an international perspective on challenges facing leadership development.

Leadership in business schools and professional services firms

Professor Sandy Pepper discusses the leadership styles in business schools and professional services firms.

REF 2014: Analysis of UK Business Schools’ performance

We provide some insight and analysis following the results of REF 2014.

Business school leadership: Balancing a portfolio

Kai Peters of Ashridge shares his experience in leading a business school.

Knowing when to step down: A personal reflection

Professor Zahir Irani shares his experience of his time at Brunel University and working with the Cabinet Office.

Leaders on the line: Enhancing the leadership capability of first-line-manager-academics

Prof. Sharon Mavin and Dr Ceridwyn Bessant of Newcastle Business School write on leadership capability of first-line-manager-academics.

Business school deans: Leadership in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment

Prof. Nick Oliver et al discuss leadership in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.

Reflections on my first month at the Association of Business Schools

Our Chief Executive gives her insight into her first month at the association.

Building Leadership Capacity for Business Schools – A collection of thought pieces on leadership in business schools

Overview One of the frequently stated missions of business schools is to produce future leaders who make a difference in the world. Curiously, there are few studies of business…

Back down to earth? Business school leadership in a time of disruption

Prof. Ken Starkey and Dr Christophe Lejeune give their view.

Future-proofing the UK business school deanship: Chartering horses for new courses

Our Deputy CEO provides some analysis of the current challenges to senior leadership at business schools.

2014 survey on leadership amongst deans: Key results

Dr Giovanna Bono details the results on our leadership survey to deans.

Hybrid managers in business schools

Professor Graeme Currie looks at the implications of hybrid managers in business schools.

Destination anywhere: how business students decide where to study

Insight into how business students choose their courses.

From STEM to STEMM

ABS Manifesto for Growth We want an incoming government to recognise business and management education and research in STEMM. Professor Angus Laing makes the case to widen…

International business students’ value to the UK economy & society: the case for changing UK immigration legislation

ABS Manifesto for Growth 2014 We want an incoming government to Remove international students from net migration targets. Professor Nora Ann Colton explains why UK business…

Future scenarios of business schools and management education

Dr Alex Wilson et al’s 10 year outlook on management education.

Business School Leadership: Gendered or Genderless?

While women in both academia and corporate environments enjoy relative equality compared to their historical counterparts, there is still a long way to go. AACSB international…