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BAM Medal Winners Announced at 2017 Annual Conference

14th September 2017

The British Academy of Management is delighted to announce that four medal winners were announced at the Annual BAM2017 Conference at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

The Medal Awards were launched this year to celebrate BAM's 30th year. Medals were categorised into three different areas such as research, leadership and knowledge development.

BAM Medal for Research

Awarded for sustained, original contributions to management research by a BAM member.

BAM Medal for Knowledge Development

Awarded for sustained, outstanding contribution to the development and dissemination of management knowledge by a BAM member.

BAM Medal for Leadership
Awarded for sustained and outstanding leadership of, and contribution to, the academic community by a BAM member.

The winners of the Medal Awards were announced during the Awards Ceremony at the BAM Conference. The winners are:

  • Professor Mark Saunders - BAM Medal for Leadership
  • Professor Christine Coupland - BAM Medal for Research
  • Professor Paul Hibbert - BAM Medal for Knowledge Development
  • Dr Leonard Holmes - BAM Medal for Knowledge Development

The British Academy of Management would like to congratulate the winners of the BAM Medal Awards.

Professor Mark Saunders - BAM Medal for Leadership

Mark Saunders is Professor of Business Research Methods and Director of PhD Programmes at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. He is also College of Social Sciences Director of Postgraduate Research Methods Training at the Univers ity. Mark currently holds visiting professorships at the Universities of Worcester and Surrey. He was elected to Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2014.

Mark’s research interests include research methods, in particular participants selection and methods for understanding organizational relationships; human resource aspects of the management of change, in particular trust within and between organizations and organizational learning; and small and medium sized enterprise (SME) success. Throughout his academic career Mark has tried to ensure synergies between his research, teaching and consultancy work wherever possible. This is also reflected in his publications. He has published over 100 research articles and book chapters including papers in journals such as British Journal of Management, Field Methods, Human Performance, Human Relations, Journal of Small Business Management, Management Learning, R&D Management, Social Science and Medicine and Annals of Tourism Research. He is an associate editor for the International Journal of Management Reviews, European editor for The Service Industries Journal and is on the editorial boards for Human Resource Development Quarterly, Journal of Trust Research and Personnel Review.

Mark has co-authored and edited over 30 books including Research Methods for Business Students (currently in its seventh edition), Organizational Trust: a Cultural Perspective, Handbook of Research Methods on Trust (currently in its second edition), Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development and Doing Research in Business and Management (currently in its second edition). He is joint editor with Bill Lee and Vadake Narayanan of Sage’s Understanding Research Methods for Business and Management Students book series and editor for Edward Elgar’s Handbooks of Research Methods series.

Mark began his career in academia after a variety of research posts in UK local government. He lectured at the Gloucestershire Business School, University of Gloucestershire, in Research Methods and Human Resource Management between 1990 and 2001. During this period he was Head of the Human Resource Management Research Centre. He subsequently worked at Oxford Brookes University Business School between 2001 and 2009 where, alongside his research, he taught Research Methods and Methodology to masters and doctoral students. During this time he was Assistant Dean (Director of Research and Doctoral Programmes) and Professor of Business Research Methods. Between 2009 and 2015 Mark was Professor in Business Research Methods at the Surrey Business School, University of Surrey. He taught Research Methods and Methodology to masters and doctoral students and was Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research Programmes between 2011 and 2014.

Mark has a long-term interest in facilitating research capacity building and doctoral training and supervision. He has organised numerous doctoral summer schools, symposia and colloquia, including for the British Academy of Management, the University Forum for Human Resources Development and the First International Network on Trust. He has supervised 17 doctorates to successful completion and examined over 30 doctorates.

Professor Christine Coupland - BAM Medal for Research

Christine Coupland is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, UK. She is one of the co-founders of the BAM Special Interest Group in Identity, which has been active since 2004. She regularly convenes the Identity stream at the BAM conference and organises workshops for BAM members. She is currently a Senior Editor for Organizational Studies.

Christine joined academia late in her career. She was formerly a Human Resource Management professional. Her degree in psychology (completed in 1998) honed an interest in psychology as applied to the issues and puzzles around people at work and led to a PhD in a Business School in 2001. She has progressed within academia taking a theoretically informed curiosity to problems, looking for academic understanding with practical relevance.

Her published work is broadly an exploration of language and identities in the contexts of: corporate web pages; careers and changing environments. She is currently working on the impact of fractured, fragile, careers on professional workers. Her major contribution to the field of management is the pursuit and development of new insights and new methods around the study of identities in the workplace.

Professor Paul Hibbert - BAM Medal for Knowledge Development

Paul Hibbert is Professor of Management, and Dean of Arts & Divinity, at the University of St Andrews. His research is principally focussed on collaborative and relational processes of organizing and learning. His work is published in international journals including Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Management Learning, Organizational Research Methods, and Organization Studies. His research has received awards from the Academy of Management, the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, and the British Academy of Management.
Paul is widely involved in service to journals and learned societies. His editorial roles include: Associate Editor of Academy of Management Learning and Education; Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education; former Associate Editor and current editorial board member of Management Learning; editorial board member of Organizational Research Methods. He has also reviewed for a diverse range of other journals including Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Management Inquiry and Organization Studies. He is an elected member of the executive committee of the Academy of Management’s Management Education and Development Division, undertaking a succession of leadership roles which will culminate in the Division Chair role in 2018-2019. He is also an executive committee member of the British Academy of Management’s Knowledge and Learning Special Interest Group.

Paul’s teaching focuses on strategy, collaborative learning and leadership. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and he has contributed to their work on policy and practice in teaching and learning. He has also provided developmental support and executive education for a variety of agencies in the local government and healthcare sectors, to help them to develop their capacity in collaborative learning and leadership.

Dr Leonard Holmes - BAM Medal for Knowledge Development

Leonard Holmes (Len) has over four decades of involvement in management education, training and development. After gaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, from Nottingham University, Len had an early career in hospitality management, then joined the government-instituted agency for training policy and standards in the hospitality industry, where he held senior post for trainer training development. In 1983 he joined a major black community-led urban regeneration initiative in north London, helping members of the local community to develop their ability to manage the development and organisation of a large community centre. His ethnographically-based research on that organisation, and on a community-based skills training centre in south east London, formed the basis of his Masters by research, undertaken with Lancaster University’s Department for Management Learning. This was later published as a book, ‘The Dominance of Management: A Participatory Critique’. He entered academia in the late 1980s, and has worked in various roles at several universities, until his retirement from Roehampton University in 2016.

He gained his PhD from the Institute of Education, now part of UCL. His thesis title was ‘Towards a Relational Perspective on Higher-Level Learning and Skill’, which critiqued then-dominant understandings of managerial competence and graduate employability. He has published particularly on the issue of graduate employability, challenging simplistic notions of graduate skills and attributes and promoting an alternative approach based on the notions of identity and practices. He has also published on problematic understandings of learning, and on the fallacy of what he termed ‘learnerism’.

His original discipline of philosophy continues to inform his investigations into issues of causality, ontology, and epistemology in relation to management and professional education and learning, particularly now framed within a Critical Realist approach.

He has been a member of BAM for over 15 years, and served on the committee of the Knowledge and Learning SIG, including long periods as Conference Track Chair and as SIG Chair. He gave the opening presentation to the PDW to launch the Management Knowledge and Education initiative in 2014, and has been a co-opted member of BAM Council for the past two years, serving on the MKE Sub-Committee. His retirement from ‘salaried slavery’ and escape from the demands of institutional idiocy now affords greater opportunity for time spent with his four grandchildren as well as for continuing his research interests in management knowledge, education and learning.


Posted by Lewis Johnson - 
British Academy of Management

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