Leadership Capacity in UK Business Schools


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 colleagues at AACSB, ABDC (Australian Business Deans Council), and CFBSD (Canadian Federation of Business School Deans) also report a high turnover of deans in business schools in Australia and North America. As the Association of Business Schools has positioned itself since 2001 in part as ‘the school for business schools’ by supporting capacity building amongst our members with cohort programmes such as the Deans’ and Directors’ Development Programme, it is appropriate that we reflect on our own strategic leadership. How will we continue to develop competences that are fit for future models of business and management education and research in a more digitally networked and collaborative economy? How will we hire, develop, and assess those responsible for UK business schools?

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