BAM Conference 2011
13-15 September 2011 Aston University, Birmingham
Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in a Challenging Environment
As public sector cuts begin to bite into many economies and private sector organizations seek to climb out of the recession, managers at all levels and in many countries face enormously challenging environments. Not the least of these is the requirement to innovate in order to improve products, services and processes in organizations rather than simply cut costs. Another is the task of maintaining employee engagement and protecting enlightened staff management practices in the face of external threats. These challenges exist constantly in organizations, but rising to meet them effectively is all the more important in these difficult times. How can we develop organizational cultures that value innovation, engagement and courage in challenging environments?
High performance is the aim of all leaders and managers who are ambitious for their organizations. But we have seen the widespread damage inflicted on economies and individual lives by the unbridled ambition of managers in the financial sector. If there is one change that must come from recent events in the finance industry, it is the recognition that leadership must be underpinned by core human values of wisdom, justice, humanity, courage, temperance and care for the environments we are privileged to inhabit. How can high performance be achieved in the context of values being at the core of business practice? And what does high performance mean in a post recession environment and for employee well-being? Are we facing a new world of business or are we condemned to cycle repeatedly through successive phases of rampant growth followed by hand-wringing regret?
The 25th British Academy of Management conference offers access to research carried out by those who seek to offer answers to these and many other critical management questions. For those seeking solutions to the problems we face, the conference is a rich source of knowledge and an opportunity to find alternatives to the status quo in our understanding of management, performance, organizations and the nature of the challenges that we face.
Birmingham is Britain’s second city and is a fitting venue for the conference in challenging times. Its history is of a city that has been built on commerce, enterprise and enlightened management. With its commitment to inspiration and innovation, Aston Business School is a fitting venue for the 25th British Academy of Management conference. At Aston you will find a warm welcome, an eagerness to listen and learn from alternative views, and a determination to make a positive difference to our world through enlightened approaches to management and leadership.
We look forward to fulfilling our promise to you of a very warm welcome to the BAM Conference 2011.