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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.

RAU wins two Green Gown Awards

The university was announced Best Newcomer for a small institution and winner of the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship category at the awards ceremony held on 10 November 2016.

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.

Highlights from our Annual Conference 2016

Over the two days at our Annual Conference, delegates engaged in discussions on the impact of Brexit on business schools, the technicalities of the TEF and much more.

Chartered ABS Annual Survey results reveal early impact of Brexit on business schools

Insights into the trends and challenges within the UK business school sector

Surrey Business School appoints new Dean

An organisation theorist by background, Ansgar Richter steps in as Dean of Surrey Business School.

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?

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.

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’.

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.

New Chair appointed at Chartered Association of Business Schools

The Chartered Association of Business Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Simon Collinson as its new Chair.

Chartered ABS Annual Conference Round-Up

Participants for the Chartered ABS Annual Conference 2015 heard from a range of speakers under the theme of Delivering Value, Driving Growth.

Reflection and updates from the Chartered ABS

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

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.

The Alternative Business School

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

Senior appointments from across the sector

There have been a number of senior appointments within business schools over the last few months.

Activity update from the Chartered ABS

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

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.

Top executives complete inaugural UK Bridge Programme

The Chartered Association of Business Schools (Chartered ABS) and AACSB International (AACSB) are delighted to announce that the first participants have successfully completed the inaugural UK Bridge Programme.

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.

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.

New arrival at the University of Derby

Dr David Russell has been appointed as the new Dean of the College of Business at the University of Derby.

Dean appointments from across the business school sector

We take a look at the latest dean appointments across the sector.

What to expect from the new government?

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

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 how culture controls organizational expression.

Association of Business Schools receives Royal Charter

We are delighted to announce that we have received our Royal Charter.

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.

Monthly update from our CEO Anne Kiem

  Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, provides some insights in her latest monthly update As the saying goes, we live in interesting times. As the General Election approaches no-one can predict the outcome, yet what is certain is that for universities…

Reception of International Business School Associations at ICAM

We are delighted to once again co-host the Annual Joint Reception of International Business School Associations at ICAM, which takes place in Tampa, Florida this year. The reception, which is annually organised by the Chairs of the Association of Business Schools, the Australian Business School…

Senior management appointments and updates

A number of new appointments have been made in business school leadership positions during the first few months of 2015. Professor Toni Hilton has been made Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. Professor Hilton was previously the Dean of the Business and…

First Keynote Speaker Announced for ABS Annual Conference 2015

We are delighted to announce that the Association of Business Schools’ Annual Conference will take place on 9-10 November 2015, in Manchester. We have secured our first keynote speaker, and encourage you to reserve your place. Speakers at the conference always include leaders in business…

Publication of ABS Academic Journal Guide 2015

The Association of Business Schools' Academic Journal Guide 2015 will be published on 25th February 2015 at www.bizschooljournals.com. The Guide will be published online and free to access. Users will be able to access it by registering through the website. Registration will be available on the day…

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.

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 school leaders. Currently, 18% of business school deans’ jobs in the UK have an acting dean or are being advertised. Our…

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.

Hybrid managers in business schools

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

Future scenarios of business schools and management education

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

Professional Development

Deans and Directors’ Development Programme

Career development for deans, associate deans and aspiring deans

Events

LGBT Staff and Students in Business Schools

19 Jan 17 - 19 Jan 17

Event venue: Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University    10:00 - 16:00    Members price   Non-members price

This workshop will explore the experiences of LGBT faculty, consider academic research on the topic, and learn about best practice from other sectors.

Publications

Annual Membership Survey 2016

Annual snapshot of the trends and challenges in UK business schools

Reflections on the role of the business school dean

This report provides insights into the motivations, expectations, and challenges of university-based business school deans.

Annual Membership Survey 2015

Chartered ABS Annual Membership Survey 2015 This report provides an annual snapshot and insights into some of the key challenges and trends in the UK business school sector.

Building the Leadership Capacity of UK Business Schools: A collection of thought pieces

This series of thought pieces observes the challenges and trends of leadership in business schools through contributions generated from our second annual ‘business school leadership pipeline’ workshop in October 2014.

Manifesto for Growth 2014

In September 2014, the association outlined its key pledges for the incoming government of the next general election in areas concerning STEMM, business education funding and international students.

21st Century Leaders: Building Practice into the Curriculum to Boost Employability

This joint report with the Chartered Management Institute and Quality Assurance Agency highlights the gap in the collaboration between employers and business schools. It suggests employers are looking for well-equipped graduates and business schools should do more to provide practical work…

Innovation Task Force Report: “The Role of UK Business Schools in Driving Innovation in the Domestic Economy”

This report identifies opportunities for practical action to increase the impact of British business schools on innovation and growth in the United Kingdom economy. It provides specific guidance for business schools and universities, for faculty and students, and for the government.

Policy Network Brochure 2013: Is it possible to Balance Student Demands with Business Needs?

This publication, which emerged from the 2013 ABS Policy Network meetings discusses current business and management education policy matters besides latest government opinion on business schools.

Pillars and Annual Report 2010/11

This edition of the Pillars report focuses on sustainable economy and provides an account of the organisations’ finance for the year ending 2010

Pillars and Annual Report 2007/08

This edition of the Pillars report focuses on sustainable economy and provides an account of the organisations’ finance for the year ending 2007.