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BAM2018 Conference

BAM is pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual Conference will be hosted by Bristol Business School, University of the West of England from the 4th - 6th September 2018.

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Key Dates and Deadlines   

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

  • 15th January: Paper submission opens
  • 7th March:  Paper submissions close - Please note that due to ongoing strike action at some universities, the Chair of BAM has agreed to extend the paper submission deadline by one week. The new deadline to submit is 23.59 on the 7th March.
  • 12th March: Online registration for conference opens
  • 27th April: PDW submissions close
  • 5th June: Deadline for paper presenters to register
  • 29th June: Deadline to upload revised accepted FULL/DEVELOPMENTAL papers (PLEASE NOTE: revised papers will be uploaded onto online conference proceedings)




1. About the BAM Conference

1.1  About the BAM2018 Conference

The British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious international events for business and management scholars. Attracting world class researchers from over 50 countries worldwide, the conference provides a friendly, supportive environment to receive feedback, share ideas and find inspiration.

Following the success of the BAM2017 Conference hosted by the University of Warwick, which saw over 900 delegates participating in three days of stimulating and thoughtful discussion, debate and reflection in the City of Coventry!

We welcome the Management Community to join us in Bristol in September 2018 to discuss your research in a friendly, vibrant & supportive environment.

1.2  Conference Theme

Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times

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The operating environment for organisations in the public, private and third sectors is changing rapidly. Political, social and economic change and disruptive events such as Brexit have brought about complexity, uncertainty as well as opportunity. This has given rise to a need for new ways of learning, working and competing effectively, and highlights the new challenges for management research and management practice. Undoubtedly, one catalyst for enabling effective change to happen is an entrepreneurial mind-set, where the emphasis is on identifying opportunities and subsequently leveraging them. Another accelerator is academic-stakeholder engagement where business schools use their applied research to drive productivity by engaging businesses, communities and government.

Management and business schools are at the cutting edge of creativity and innovation – aspects that are essential for enhanced productivity in all sectors as big data, business analytics, technology, social media and augmented reality are added to the traditional underpinning areas such as leadership, marketing, human resources management, operations management, and strategic management.  Changing work patterns coupled with the many ‘Grand Challenges’ facing the economy and society mean that business schools play a vital role in enabling stakeholders to identify and leverage the emerging new opportunities with a twin focus on productivity and ethical practice.

Bristol is a creative hub and a city of ideas. The past drivers of productivity – engineering and shipping/trade – have given way to the creative and knowledge economies, as well as the development and delivery of ideas that enhance productivity. It is therefore an appropriate location to explore these issues.

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1.3  Who Should Attend

BAM welcomes all management academics/practitioners of all career stages, research interests and nationalities to join us in Bristol. Authors can present their work in a friendly & supportive environment and gain valuable feedback on their papers from fellow peers and more senior academics.

All delegates can attend the interactive workshops and the keynote plenaries and be up to date with the latest developments and leading edge thinking, research and information in their specific research disciplines.

1.4  Benefits of Attendance

  • Raise your profile through networking and engagement with researchers at all career stages
  • Showcase your research and further develop research ideas through discussion and feedback from experienced colleagues
  • Training and Development opportunities at the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions
  • Connect with researchers and explore opportunities within and beyond your areas of specific research interest through the Special Interest Groups and a variety of other events

1.5  Gala Dinner

The BAM2018 Gala Dinner plays a dynamic role in the social programme for the delegates. Join over 400 delegates expected to attend the largest social evening of the BAM2018 Conference on Wednesday 5th September 2018.   

The cost of the BAM2018 Gala Dinner is £60. 

1.6  BAM2017 Delegate Testimonials

  1. ·         “Inspirational, exciting and thought-provoking”

    ·         “I really enjoyed BAM2017 – two days of listening, discussing and presenting in a friendly and supportive environment. I thought that the developmental paper sessions were particularly stimulating, helped by a very engaged SIG in public sector management”
    Romano Dyerson, Royal Holloway University of London

    ·         “An extremely interesting conference and great networking opportunity”
    Paul Hemphill, Open University

    ·         “As an annual attendee, I found this conference maintained it’s international acclaim to be one of the finest of its type in the world. The prestige of Warwick University and the excellence of the location added spice to a very enjoyable, efficiently run and scholarly experience”
    Professor David Coldwell, University of the Witwatersrand

    ·         “The conference was extremely well run and the range and scope of papers were very informative and elicited meaningful debate among delegates. The opportunities to network were also well structured throughout the conference”

    ·         “Open and lively academic beacon event drawing leaders just like you to the cutting edge, buzzing, worldwide academic management community”

    ·         “It was really interesting for me, the conference exposed me to a lot of things academically and otherwise. BAM is a community to belong to and am proud to be part of this community”

    ·         “The BAM conference is an amazing event to attend especially if you were a PhD student who have known the major researchers (giants) only by name. This conference will give you the chance to meet these giants in person and event get feedback directly from them if you were lucky enough!”
    Rawan Ghazzawi, Tilburg University

    ·         “I especially liked to on-campus accommodation. This was different to the hotels where I was at other previous conferences. Warwick University offers a wide range of activities that I enjoyed very much, besides the conference on its own. It was convenient to be living close to the conference venues, on campus. Wifi was perfect, access to supermarkets, sports centre all perfect, and the conference venues, conference rooms were modern. I liked the PDWs and the discussions, the possibility to discuss my newest papers with specialists, in small groups. All in all, it was a very useful, successful conference, allowing for great professional discussions in small and bigger groups, meeting with old and new participants, and there was enough time for networking. The conference Gala Dinner was fantastic, in Coventry Cathedral, food was great, I only missed the dance. Next year we should have the opportunity to dance again, like in previous years”
    Dr Ursula Schinzel, Luxembourg

    ·         “BAM2017 conference will remain a memorable event”

    ·         “BAM2017 Conference offers an inclusive environment for doctoral students and early career academics to network and present their work”
    Dr Minjie Cai, University of Buckingham

    ·         “Warwick 2017 was an exciting, thought-provoking and thrilling BAM conference”

    ·         “This is the first time I attended the annual BAM conference, I really enjoyed everything about it; meeting new people, getting supportive feedback about my work, listening to work from others from different disciplines, and attending workshops and lectures. I was able to collect valuable insights and ideas for my research and future practice”
    Fatima Abdallah, Staffordshire University

    ·         “Very well organised conference, welcoming, interesting and very useful. It was definitely a great conference”
    Rabake Nana, University of Huddersfield

    ·         “A reputable conference that exceeded my expectation. I had a pleasant surprise as a new attendee and currently looking forward to attending again. Thanks for the opportunity to share my work and I got very useful feedback”

    ·         “I am happy with the BAM2017 conference for the opportunity it provided to interact and network with SIG and other BAM members”

    ·         “The conference was terrific and very educational. My mind is just reeling with great ideas. The content was relevant and the exhibit hall exceeded my expectations”

    ·         “I gained a lot by attending BAM2017 conference where I received good feedback for my research work. I felt motivated, challenged and encouraged to complete the work I had started because I was able to meet some key researchers in my area of study. Thank you for this opportunity”


1.7  Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

The British Academy of Management would cordially like to invite you to join its 32nd Annual Conference as an Exhibitor or Sponsor.

The event will be held at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England between the 4th-6th September and will be hosted by the Bristol Business School. 

We want to welcome you to be part of this exhilarating event.


  1.  To give your organisation a platform to network and engage with important decision makers in Business Schools and in associated organisations.
  2. Increasing awareness and engagement with your organisation amongst the business and management community.
  3. Brilliant networking opportunities to promote your organisation at the Conference and provides maximum visibility among the business and management research community.
  4. Connecting your organisation to high-quality research at the BAM Conference and to provide a strong foundation on which to build relationships with skilled researchers.
  5. To publicise your organisation’s products and services among key decision makers in Business Schools and in associated organisations
  6. To deliver maximum visibility for your organisation and to provide a solid foundation on which to build relationships with skilled researchers.
  7. Engage with delegates in a friendly, supportive and intellectual manner.

    The benefits and opportunities have been intended to promote your organisation heavily at the BAM 2018 Conference.

To find out about opportunities to exhibit or sponsor at the conference, please click here

For more information on the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the BAM2018 Conference or for any other enquiries, please contact Lewis Johnson -

1.8  Fees and Registration Procedure

Booking for the conference will open at 12:00pm on Monday the 12th March. 

The 2018 Conference fees are as follows:

BAM Student Member - £245
BAM Ordinary Member - £385

Delegates can purchase a Gala Dinner ticket for £60 with the Conference registration. 

For 2018, BAM is offering a 'roll-up' package which includes both the Conference fee and Membership fee. Please contact us with a purchase order from your institution as authorisation. Alternatively. financce departments can contacct us and make payment over the phone. 

For student members wishing to purchase both Conference and Membership, the cost is £270 and student members will be required to sent us a scanned letter from their institution. 

For ordinary members wishing to purchase conference and membership fees together, the cost is £465. 

If you are not a current member of BAM you will need to join before being able to register for the conference.

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1.9  Mailing List

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2. Submitting A Paper

2.1  BAM2018 Tracks 

For BAM2018, there will be 26 tracks to which authors can submit papers. Please be aware that each paper can be submitted to one track only.

More Information on BAM2018 Tracks

The BAM2018 Tracks:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Cultural and Creative Industries
  • E-Business and E-Government
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Gender in Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Identity
  • Innovation
  • Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Partnerships, Alliances and Networks
  • International Business
  • Knowledge and Learning
  • Leadership and Leadership Development
  • Management and Business History
  • Marketing and Retail
  • Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Organizational Studies
  • Organizational Transformation, Change and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Public Management and Governance
  • Research Methodology
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Strategy
  • Strategy as Practice
  • Sustainable and Responsible Business

2.2  Paper Submission Requirements and Links

Paper Submission for the BAM2018 Conference will open on 15th January. Before submitting your paper please ensure that you have read the instructions below. The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm (GMT) on the TBC We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Information Before You Submit

  1. Before submitting a paper, please ensure that you have read all of the Paper Submission Requirements

  2. You can submit a paper to ONE Track only. To choose which Track to submit your paper, please find out more about the 26 tracks available at BAM2018

  3. Please be aware that you can only submit a maximum of THREE papers to the BAM2018 Conference.

    Paper Submission for the BAM2018 Conference will open on 15th January. Before submitting your paper please ensure that you have read the instructions below. The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm (GMT) on the TBC. We look forward to receiving your submissions!



3. Doctoral Students

3.1  BAM2018 Doctoral Symposium 

In addition to the conference, BAM will also hold a Doctoral Symposium on Monday 3rd September at The University of the West of England.

Main Features

  • High quality development workshops
  • Impartial expert tailored advice on your research
  • Network with peers and senior academics
  • Discounted conference places

More information on the Doctoral Symposium


4. Planning Your Attendance

4.1  Provisional Programme

Tuesday 4th September

08:00-18:00 Conference Registration Open

08:00-09:00 New Members’ Welcome Breakfast - By Invitation only

09:00-10:30 Open BAM Fellows Session - Gender and Pay Gap

09:00-10:30 Professional Development Workshops: Session 1

10.30 – 11.00 Refreshment Break

11.00 – 12.30 PDW Session 2

11.00 – 12.30 Meeting the non-BAM journal editors

            Lunch available 12-14.00

13.00 — 14.00 Grand Conference Opening

Welcome:  Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean

Conference Opening:  Lord Bichard, Chair Bristol Business School Advisory Board, The Role of Universities in Enhancing Productivity

14.00-14.30  Awards Ceremony (Some Companions, Fellows, Medals)

14.30-15.30 Productivity – automation, innovation, digitalisation and metrics/big data.

  • Janet Williamson, Senior Policy Officer TUC,
  • Rob Law, founder Trunki
  • Andrew Perkins, Managing Partner EY Bristol

Discussant: Prof VK Narayanan, Deloitte Touche Stubbs Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship,  Drexel University, US

15.30 – 17.00 BAM Sessions (Workshops and Symposias)

15.30 – 17.00 Meet the BAM Editors Session

18.00 SIG AGMs

19.00 SIG dinners


Wednesday September 5

09:00 - 10:30 BAM Paper Sessions

10:30 - Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.00 Key Note: TBC

11.30 - 13.00 BAM Paper Sessions

12.00 - 14.00 Lunch

13.00 - 14.00   Keynote: Lord Bilimoria Title to be decided

14.00 - 15.30 – BAM Paper Sessions

16.00 - 17.30   Vicky Pryce keynote on Freedom and Brexit with expert panel response (Jonathan Dimbleby chairing; Lord Bichard, Lord Bilimoria, Steve West and AN Other)

16.00 - 17.30 BAM Paper Sessions

19:00 - 00:00 Conference Dinner at Concorde Museum – with Awards ceremony at end of meal for BAM Fellows/Companions, Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement. [Lord Bilimoria attending]

Jonathan Dimbleby in conversation with Michael Eavis, Glastonbury


Thursday September 6

09:00 — 10:30 BAM Paper Sessions

09.30 – 10.30 BAM/ANZAM Research Grant Scheme Launch

10:30 — 11:00 Coffee Break

11.00 — 12.00 Keynote Julian Birkinshaw  Title to be decided

11.00 – 12.30 BAM Paper Sessions

12.00 – 14.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Lisa Anderson chairing - Jean Bartunek (Boston College) and Jane MacKenzie (Henley MS): ‘What relevant teaching might mean”

13.30 – 15.00 BAM Paper Sessions

14.00 – 15.00 AGM

15.00 Conference closes



1.2  Travel and Accommodation


For more information on accommodation for the BAM2018 Conference, please click on the Guide to Booking Accommodation link below:

Guide to Booking Accommodation


Travelling to Bristol

The University is easy to reach from most areas of the country, situated close to the M4 and M5 motorways. There are also excellent train and coach connections.

Bristol Parkway station is very convenient for the University's Frenchay Campus and there are 
regular buses directly to campus.London is just 90 minutes from Bristol by train. Travel by coach is easy too, with an extensive network of routes. Bristol Airport has direct flights to many UK and European cities.

Travelling from London and London airports

There are direct 
National Express and Megabus coaches from Victoria Coach Station and other central London locations, also from Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.

Trains to Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads run from 
Paddington Station in London. You can catch connections to Paddington or Reading station from the London airports, see National Rail for timetables and bookings






4th September 2018   to   6th September 2018
University of the West of England
BS16 1QY
United Kingdom
Bristol, City of
BAM2018 Conference Delegate Fee
BAM2018 Conference Student Member Fee £ 245.00
BAM2018 Conference Ordinary Member Fee £ 385.00
 1 x Gala Dinner Ticket £ 60.00
Event Information
Event Provider BAM
Date / Time 4th - 6th September 2018
Venue University of the West of England
Event Type Conference
Target Audience
Price £245 Student Members; £385 Ordinary Members
Booking Deadline 3rd September 2018
Link to Booking Form
Contact For more information on this event please contact the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at
Delegate List Available? Yes

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