Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2020-2021

16 March – 12 October 2021 Webinar Zoom Event Fee 
  • Tuesday 16 March
  • Tuesday 20 April
  • Tuesday 25 May
  • Tuesday 6 July
  • Tuesday 14 September
  • Tuesday 12 October

Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2020-2021    

DPDoR supports Directors of Research, and those aspiring to the role, to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities to manage research performance, strategy, and funding in a rapidly changing research landscape.

DPDoR 2021 will take place in a fully online format with six interactive sessions taking place throughout the year to support you to develop your strategic approach and build a strong leadership network within the UK business school community.

Session 1: Tuesday 16 March 2021, 14:00-16:00

Session 2: Tuesday 20 April 2021, 14:00-16.00

Session 3: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 14:00-16.00

Session 4: Tuesday 6 July 2021, 14:00-16.00

Session 5: Tuesday 14 September 2021, 14:00-16.00

Session 6: Tuesday 12 October 2021, 14:00-16.00

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About DPDoR

DPDoR has successfully run for over 15 years as part of a joint initiative between the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the British Academy of Management. During this time, the programme has prepared around 250 senior academics to lead their institutions’ research and navigate the internal and external demands of the day. In 2021, the DPDoR programme will deal with the challenges of leadership in the changing and uncertain external context. 

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What will the programme cover?
  • The role of Director of Research
  • Developing and leading research strategy
  • Devising research structures and management processes
  • Managing REF
  • Developing funding strategies and driving income
  • Managing institutional research performance
  • Working with HR and managing faculty development and performance
  • Delivering research impact

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Programme Benefits
  • Build and enhance the skills and competencies required to be an effective Director of Research
  • Understand how the current external research, funding and policy environment affects your strategy for business and management research
  • Gain confidence in managing internal pressures, relationships, faculty performance and HR.
  • Explore approaches to managing the REF process from strategy, implementation and the presentation of results
  • Work towards your professional development and learning objectives in the context of your institution's research priorities strategy

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Facilitator

Professor Graeme Currie, REF Co-ordinator and Impact Lead Professor of Public Management, Warwick Business School

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Speakers on previous programmes include:
  • Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean, Cardiff Business School
  • Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Regional Engagement, Birmingham Business School
  • Professor Caroline Gatrell, Associate Dean, Research, University of Liverpool Management School
  • Professor Anne-Marie Greene, Associate Dean Research, University of Leicester School of Business
  • Professor Katy Mason, Research Enhancement Director, Lancaster University Management School
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management
  • Professor Markus Perkmann, Academic Director of the Global Online MBA and Academic Director of the Imperial Enterprise Lab, Imperial College London

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Programme themes

DPDoR features six online interactive sessions, comprising engaging guest speakers and collaborative group working. The programme will cover the following themes:

Research Strategy

  • Vision, mission, context and process of research strategy development
  • Developing a research strategy from the ground up
  • Managing the components of a research strategy
  • The effect of internal and external context on your research strategy

Managing performance

  • Research strategy metrics

  • Working with HR to manage faculty development & performance
  • Managing faculty research development and performance
  • Benchmarking research performance against competitors

Core Dimensions of Research Income, Capacity Building, Impact

  • Developing a virtuous relationship between research income, capacity building, impact and publications
  • Working with the Research Support Office
  • Developing and managing impact
  • Developing and working into interdisciplinary research centres

Director of Research Role and Moving Onwards

  • How research strategy aligns with wider departmental and university strategy
  • Taking on the DoR role and then moving on to HoD: The relationship between the two
  • Reflections upon improvising the role and surviving
  • Managing the culture and capacity building in the DoR role

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Who should apply?
  • Directors of Research
  • Those working towards the role of Director of Research

Participants on DPDoR, once accepted, are encouraged to discuss with their Dean or Head of Department their learning objectives and prospective actions for research strategy from the programme. Reflections upon this and discussion about realising prospective learning and actions will form a central component of the DPDoR.

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Testimonials

“I really valued the community of Research Directors that this programme enabled me to connect with. Sharing experiences in candid conversations made this totally worthwhile.”

Professor Katy Mason, Research Enhancement Director, Lancaster University Management School

“This has been an excellent experience. A good balance of interesting guest speakers and discussion within the group. I am going away with a more strategic focus and lots of good ideas I can implement within my institution.”

Dr Marian Iszatt-White, Lecturer in Department of Leadership and Management and LUMS Doctoral Director, Lancaster University Management School

“The programme has been excellent and the input and discussion thought provoking”

Professor Helen Shipton, Professor of International Human Resource Management and Co-Director of the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice, Nottingham Business School

“This was an excellent programme”

Will Harvey, Associate Dean (Research & Impact), University of Exeter

“This was an extraordinary experience, better than my best expectations!”

Alcino Azevedo, Senior Lecturer in Finance, Aston Business School

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Dates and Location

DPDoR 2021 will start in March and six online sessions will take place throughout the year. Please find below the dates for each session:

Session 1: Tuesday 16 March 2021, 14:00-16:00

Session 2: Tuesday 20 April 2021, 14:00-16.00

Session 3: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 14:00-16.00

Session 4: Tuesday 6 July 2021, 14:00-16.00

Session 5: Tuesday 14 September 2021, 14:00-16.00

Session 6: Tuesday 12 October 2021, 14:00-16.00

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. A participant will not be awarded a certificate of completion if they fail to attend more than one session.

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Fees and Enquiries

Programme fee: £1,200.

Please note: Due to the nature of the programme which focuses on personal development and encourages frank and open discussion, it may not always be suitable for two participants to attend from the same institution. If we receive two registrations from individuals at the same institution we will notify the institution and the participants, taking account of when the registrations were received, and ask for guidance on whether one or both can attend on the same programme.

If you have any queries, please contact the BAM Office at [email protected] .