BAM Fellows Criteria and Process

Criteria and Process

Fellowship nominations are judged on a set of official criteria that can be found in section E1 of the Fellows Constitution.

For informal enquiries about the nomination process and selection criteria, please contact Lewis Johnson in the first instance at

Fellows Nominations Criteria Explained

Below we have set out an explanation of these criteria, for the sake of clarity and transparency. Sections in quotes show extracts from the BAM Constitution.

Criterion 1:

Candidates must have shown “a substantial and original contribution to the intellectual pursuit of the field of management by developing new insights, new methods or substantial empirical achievements which have been internationally recognised”.

Explanation: Thus, candidates must have shown an outstanding Academic contribution to business and management scholarship through, for example:

  • Sustained publication output in business and management journals
  • Sustained interaction with, and impact on, practitioners through practice-based research, some of which must be of world-class.

Criterion 2:

Candidates must have shown “a significant contribution to the community of scholars in the field and within BAM, which will normally include having played a significant role in the Academy”.

Explanation: Thus, candidates must have shown a contribution and commitment to the well-being of BAM through, for example:

  • Being member of BAM Executive or Council
  • Demonstrating significant support and/or development of a SIG
  • Contributing to training programmes
  • Showing a sustained contribution to Doctoral workshops.

In addition some evidence of a contribution to the general well-being of business and management education through, for example:

  • Active involvement in Research Councils
  • Active involvement in journal editorial activity
  • Having published books that have been influential in the field
  • Performing management roles in Business Schools
  • Having an active involvement in subject specific academic societies other than BAM (eg Institute of Marketing, Chartered Association of Business Schools, AACSB, EFMD, etc).

Fellows Nominations and Selection Process

  • The process of election follows the following procedure:
  • There will be an annual cycle for consideration of Fellowship proposals. This will normally start in January and is completed in time for the BAM Annual Conference in September.
  • Nominations for Fellowships can be made either by existing BAM Fellows or by key role holders in BAM including SIG Chairs and Council Members. A nominator, who should not be a member of the nominee’s institution, will act as ‘sponsor’ for the individual concerned while the case is processed.
  • Nominators should send the Fellows Nomination Form as an email attachment with a current CV (ideally not more than 10 pages), to Self-nominations are not accepted, however the nominator must secure the prior agreement of the potential Fellow to enter the process of Fellowship.
  • All submitted applications are considered initially by the selection panel. The panel is made up of the Dean, Deputy Dean, Vice Dean, Past Dean of the Fellows' Deans Group and the BAM President.The purpose of the initial meeting is to establish whether applications meet the above criteria.
  • If a prima facie case is made, the BAM office initiates an independent refereeing process. Nominators must provide details of three referees on the nomination form.

Referee criteria

  1. All referees must be “of high academic standing"
  2. At least one referee must be "from a country other than the nominee's normal country of employment”
  3. At least one referee should be able to verify and comment on the meeting of Criterion 1
  4. At least one of the two others should be able to verify and comment on the meeting of Criterion 2. It is expected that this referee would be from a country other than the UK.
  5. If the case is not agreed, the nominator is informed in a timely manner and a full explanation provided. This decision is final but should not prevent a further nomination relating to the same candidate after a period of two years.
  6. On receiving satisfactory references, a proposal for membership is made by the Fellows Coordination Group to the Fellows. Fellows are given an opportunity to vote to either a) approve the nomination; b) object to the nomination, citing reasons; c) mark the nomination as case insufficient.
  7. If the case is approved, the nominee becomes a BAM Fellow. If the case is objected to, the reasons for the objection will be considered by the Fellows Coordination Group, who will then either approve or reject the nomination on the grounds of the objection. If the nomination is marked as case insufficient, more information will be sought from the nominator by the Fellows Coordination Group, before a second and final round of voting ensues.