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BAM 2018-2019 Vice Chairs Elections - Results

3rd May 2017

BAM is pleased to announce that the following candidates were successful in each position and will commence their roles from January 2018:

The elected nominees:

  • Emma Bell and Nelarine Cornelius– Co-Vice Chairs (Research and Publications)
  • Helen Shipton and Nicholas O'Regan – Co-Vice Chairs (Academic Affairs of Conference and Capacity Building)
  • Maureen Meadows and Colin Pilbeam – Co-Vice Chairs (Special Interest Groups)
  • Lisa Anderson – Vice Chair (Management, Knowledge and Education)

There were single nominations for the Special Interest Group, Management Knowledge and Education and Academic Affairs of Conference and Capacity Building so the nominees were duly elected.

 Nic Beech, Chair commented:

"I am delighted that the colleagues elected bring notable strengths to all our areas of activity in BAM. I am grateful to those who stood for election but were not elected as it indicates the depth of ability and willingness to serve amongst our members. The elections have happened earlier than in previous years and this will allow an effective hand-over between the current and new executive members. It is fair to say that BAM has never been stronger. Our membership continues to grow, our conferences, symposia and workshops and our journals have all been increasing in volume and quality, and the SIGs are vibrant with activity. Our collaborations are bearing fruit with shared projects with the Irish Academy, ANZAM, the CMI and the CIPD. So, this is an exciting time and the new executive team will, I know, embrace the opportunities to help BAM onto the next phase of development. It is also worth noting that the elections have led to a gender balance in the team, which is good to see"

Co-Vice Chairs - Research and Publications

Emma Bell and Nelarine Cornelius (Co-Applicants)

Institutions: Open University and Queen Mary University, London
Position: Emma Bell is Professor of Organisation Studies, Open University Business School. Nelarine Cornelius is Professor of Organisation Studies, Queen Mary School of Business and Management

As BAM expands, it has an important opportunity to raise the profile and enhance the standing of management research. If elected as Vice President Research and Publications, we would serve BAM members by:


  • representing the diverse, pluralistic community of BAM researchers and enhancing the inclusivity of research opportunities;
  • working with key external stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance, reputation and value of management research.

Our internal focus would be on maintaining and enhancing diversity and inclusivity within BAM. BAM is a highly pluralistic professional association – both in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, geographical location and research disciplines covered. We would work with BAM Council, Fellows and SIGs to support the diverse research careers and training needs of BAM members. A key focus would be on developing and extending the BAM Small Grants Scheme which are vital in ensuring equality of research opportunity and building capacity, especially among early-career scholars.

Externally, we would focus on representing and defending diverse, high-quality, international research. We would do this by working with a number of stakeholders including BAM Fellows, Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and Society for Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). In the run-up to REF2020, we would engage with HEFCE to represent the interests of business and management scholars. We would also strengthen BAM’s links with research funding bodies including ESRC, AHRC, EPSRC, British Academy and Leverhulme. We would additionally seek to clarify arrangements to support EU research funding, EU staff and doctoral students in management disciplines post-Brexit. A further area where we would promote BAM’s involvement is in interdisciplinary research communities, e.g. British Academy of Social Sciences. A final area where we would play a role concerns BAM’s relationships to other professional associations, including EGOS, ANZAM, EURAM and AOM. Here we would work to maintain the distinctiveness and independence of BAM, while also fostering international support of open, inclusive scholarship at a time of increased global uncertainty.

Between us, we have worked at a number of UK business schools – including ‘research-intensive’ universities and institutions where teaching and engagement with practice are prioritised. As former Directors of Research and Postgraduate Research we appreciate the challenges faced in supporting management researchers. We also bring current journal editorial experience - Emma as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Management Learning and Nelarine as Co-Editor of Personnel Review. We have both been involved with BAM for many years. BAM was the first conference Emma attended in 1998 to present her PhD research. Since then she has regularly attended conferences and SIG events. She currently serves on BAM Council, Research and Publications Committee. Nelarine has been a SIG coordinator, played a key role in redeveloping the BAM conference, and set up the first BAM small grants scheme in 2014. She was made a BAM Fellow in 2015.

This experience places us in a unique and strong position to take on the role of BAM Vice President Research and Publications. In running jointly for the position, we would, if elected, work on a job-share basis.


Co-Vice Chairs: Academic Affairs of Conference and Capacity Building

Nicholas O'Regan

Institution:Bristol Business School, University of the West of England
Position: Associate Dean, Research and Innovation

Fasttracking Academic Affairs and Capacity Building

This an exciting yet challenging time to be a researcher but Research is central to YOUR ambitions.

Stern, Brexit, TEF, Grant Funding are all getting more competitive. Are we performing at our best? It is in our power to be proactive in this and BAM has a range of initiatives to help. The signals at every BAM Conference is that we are not content with where we are – we do have ambition and aspiration. I believe that we can build on the success so far and do much better. This is why I am standing for VC Academic Affairs and Capacity Building.

I am Associate Dean for Research at Bristol Business School, and an active researcher with 2 edited books and over 100 refereed articles.
I have contributed to every BAM Conference every year since 1999. I have been a member of BAM Council for the last 6 years – the first 3 as a member of the BAM Membership Services/Conference subcommittee, and more recently a member of the Capacity Building Committee. I am an active and founder member of the Strategy SIG, having served previously as Strategy Track Chair, and was joint organiser of the highly successful BAM Conference in 2002 where his focus was on getting leading International Academics/Business Leaders participating in the conference. I co-edit the Journal of Strategy & Management, and am a founder of the Journal of Family Business Management.

I am passionate about developing the next generation of researchers and developing a research culture. For the past five years I have run sessions at the BAM Doctoral Symposium and am always keen to support doctoral students in their research – from the early stages to completion. I have completed two ESRC Research Seminar series where numerous workshops have been reserved for doctoral and early career researchers. As part of the Capacity Building Committee of BAM, I have arranged a number of events. Examples include;

  • workshop where REF 2014 Panel Members discussed lessons learnt

  • REF 2014 and the REF going forward - maximising your research impact

  • Fast-tracking your Career by Networking

  • Smart Bidding” Workshops for the ESRC Research Seminars Competition

Despite holding the position of Associate Dean, I continue to engage in research [researchgate score 30.33 and H-Index 35] and aim to continue with my research as a role model for others.

If elected to the Vice-Chair (Academic Affairs of Conference and Capacity Building), I will commit to the following:

  • Establishing priorities for capacity building by consulting members

  • Developing a programme of capacity building workshops and activities

  • Training for doctoral and early career researchers to publish in highly rated journals

  • Mentoring, coaching and networking to engage with external stakeholders and established academics

  • Workshops to enable doctoral, early career and mid career researchers to access grants such as ESRC, British Council, Leverhulme.

  • Awareness raising of your research

Let’s Fasttrack Academic Affairs and Capacity Building, and develop an even stronger BAM Research Community

Helen Shipton

Institution: Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
Position: Director of the Notttingham Business School Centre of People, Innovation and Performance; Head of Doctoral Programmes

My vision for BAM should I be elected is, firstly, to help build member capacity given a volatile and challenging external landscape and secondly to explore ways of further capturing the needs and aspirations of international members into the activities of the conference and SIGs. The Stern review, the Teaching Excellence Framework and changes to the funding landscape for social science research present opportunities for BAM to exert influence at a national level on the parameters for business school performance. Such developments frame the capacity-building agenda of BAM and reinforce the importance of reflecting critically on the needs and aspirations of all our members. Early, mid and indeed later career faculty have specific needs that need understanding and addressing as we move into the next decade and beyond.

While the above considerations apply equally to international members, should I be elected I would like to explore ways of further incorporating international members’ needs and aspirations into the capacity-building and conference related activities of the Academy. This would entail drawing on my experience as HRM SIG Chair, as well as UK ambassador of the US AOM, to offer support and opportunities for our international members to further strengthen their scope for influencing the strategic and operational goals of BAM.

I have a track record of contribution within BAM. I was co-track/ SIG chair of the HRM SIG of BAM for five years 2009-13, elected Council member 2012-14 and co-opted member 2014-16. During this time, the number and quality of submissions to the HRM track steadily increased and the SIG more structured in terms of responsibilities and roles. Following my election to the BAM Council in September 2011, I took responsibility for introducing Professional Development Workshops to the BAM scholarly programme. The PDW format is now an enduring part of the overall conference portfolio, attracting over forty submissions in 2016. I have also been active as a member of the Building Capacity Sub-Committee on the BAM Council in organising and running BAM Council events. In 2014 and 2015 I brought together scholars to lead two events run jointly by BAM/ the BAM HRM SIG entitled ‘Publishing in 4* Journals. I brought together a team in November 2016 to speak to the theme ‘Gaining Research Funding’, attracting BAM members from many institutions in the UK and beyond. Another joint event, focused on academic career development, is planned for June 2017.

I am a strong scholar carrying out research that has had a significant impact on academia and practice. My work investigates the role of human resource management (HRM) practices in fostering outcomes such as innovation, creativity and performance, and ways in which leaders embed HRM, especially against the emotional backdrop of change. Since 2004, I have generated over fifty publications, many in ABS-rated three- and four-star journals, and received many accolades, including the British Academy of Management HRM track best paper award (2014) and nomination for the HR Division of the Academy of Management Carolyn Dexter International Award (2015).

Vice Chair: Management Knowledge and Education

Lisa Anderson

Institution:University of Liverpool Management School
Position: Senior Lecturer in Management Education

I am standing for this role because I am committed to BAM having a strong voice in the field of learning, teaching and scholarship at a national and international level. BAM has a long history of supporting and developing management research and the MKE initiative now promotes excellence in management education. This work is increasingly significant and important with the onset of TEF and the associated demands placed on business and management schools. It is crucial that BAM continues to have a voice in policy discussions connected to the learning and teaching agenda in order to influence the debate and to reflect the views and aspirations of our members.

I am currently Associate Head, Postgraduate Programmes and I have previously been Director of Online Programmes and led the online MBA and DBA programmes in Liverpool’s management school. My teaching and research activities focus on management learning, development and education and I particularly enjoy working with practising managers. I supervise both DBA and PhD students and recently co-produced a handbook for professional doctorate students in business and management. I have also published in a range of journals. My university web page has more detail so please Google me if you want to know more!

Over the past two years I have worked with the current VC and MKE team in developing capacity building events for learning and teaching, launching management education grants, providing publishing workshops and creating a series of teaching awards. This work reflects the increase in the number of colleagues who are employed in roles predominantly focused on teaching and scholarship, prompted by the rise in student numbers. BAM has a responsibility to support and develop these colleagues as well as those in more traditional research-focused roles. Looking to the future, we should concentrate on growing and developing the MKE community and promoting excellence in the scholarship of management education. To do this we need to work with SIGs and to embed MKE into all of our academy-wide plans and activities.

The move towards the disaggregation of teaching and research is regrettable. In a recently published paper, my co-authors and I argue that business and management schools should strive to develop impactful academics whose work influences the practice of managers in a meaningful way. There is certainly a place for the highly starred research paper but this is not the only unit of assessment that we should use to judge our impact on the learners, organisations and wider communities with whom we engage. This calls for an all-round scholarship that requires those with a predominant focus on research to be thoughtful and conscientious about their teaching and for teaching-oriented colleagues to develop the scholarship and research that underpins successful and innovative classroom practice. BAM can play a central role in this and I would bring my energy and experience to this role in support of the whole academy.


Co-Vice Chairs: Special Interest Groups 

Maureen Meadows and Colin Pilbeam

Institution: Coventry University/Cranfield University
Position: Currently both members of BAM Council



Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an integral part of the British Academy of Management(BAM), providing community for a diverse and heterogeneous group of academics. Sustaining SIG growth and development is important for the future flourishing of BAM as it seeks to build greater influence for our academic community at a national and international level. Together we wish to stand for the role of Vice Chair SIGs following a period of working effectively together as BAM Council members in support of the portfolio of the current VC SIGs. We are keen to further support the BAM President, Chair and Executive Team in ensuring that BAM SIGs go from strength-to-strength, continuing to attract potential new members by organising topical and timely events, offering new members to conference an intellectual ‘home’, and providing, to long-standing members, a key ‘network’ as part of their professional lives.

Professor Maureen Meadows holds a research chair in Strategic Management at the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. She was Chair of the Strategy SIG from 2012 to 2015, and was co-opted to BAM Council to support the portfolio of the VC SIGs. She was elected to BAM Council in 2015.

Dr Colin Pilbeam is Principal Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management, where he has also been Director of the PhD Programme and author of the School’s REF2014 submission. He was elected to BAM Council in 2014 and then re-elected from 2017. Prior to this he was co-chair of the Inter-Organizational Collaboration SIG for 5 years and concurrently co-chaired a successful track at the BAM conference.

This collective experience has provided us with an appreciation of the strategic opportunities and operational challenges facing SIGs. In the past 18 months, they have helped us to:

  • deliver and gain approval for a revised financial model for SIGs (building on prior work by Bill Lee);
  • update the SIG Chairs’ Handbook;
  • plan a forthcoming developmental event for SIG Chairs.

Opportunities for collaboration to develop the discipline abound, not only between SIGs within BAM, but also between SIGs and their counterparts in other learned societies both in the UK and beyond. These collaborations might be manifest in joint events, co-edited special issues of relevant journals or research collaborations. In addition to developing academic knowledge, there are opportunities to enhance the practice of management through connections to relevant practitioner bodies. However, with these opportunities come challenges. Encouraging a distributed model of leadership within the SIGs, where responsibilities are shared and collegiality is promoted, is essential for ensuring sustainable levels of activity. Effective working practices both within the SIG and in liaison with the BAM office are also necessary prerequisites for growth and development.

Our ambition as VC SIGs is to provide the necessary encouragement and support to SIGs in coherent ways, consistent with the objectives of BAM, specifically:

  • facilitating enterprise in SIG collaborations;
  • encouraging outreach to appropriate academic and practitioner communities;
  • supporting the development of SIG Chairs and their teams;
  • developing and encouraging the further adoption of good practice.


Posted by Lewis Johnson - 
British Academy of Management

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