The 25th anniversary BAM conference was held at Aston University 13th-15th September 2011 where a record number of delegates heard from keynote speakers, such as Sir Peter Rigby, founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Specialist Computer Centres SCC, and Professor Derek Pugh, the founder member of the Aston Studies team of the 1960s each addressing the conference theme ‘Building and sustaining high performance organizations in a challenging environment’.
Former chancellor of Aston University and passionate advocate of corporate governance, Sir Adrian Cadbury, was also in attendance. Deans, BAM representatives and distinguished VIPs later enjoyed a celebratory dinner where tributes were paid by Professor Richard Thorpe (BAM fellow), Adrian Alsop (Director of Research and International Strategy at the ESRC) and Professor Morten Huse (President of the European Academy of Management).
Since being founded by Professors Cary Cooper and Andrew Pettigrew in 1986, the British Academy of Management (BAM) has been dedicated to representing and developing a community of management academics. The Academy has grown substantially from a grouping of seven management professors to a society with over 1600 members. The Academy now runs two successful journals – the British Journal of Management and the International Journal of Management Reviews – an annual conference of seven hundred delegates and a range of capacity-building, training and development events that support the development of academics worldwide. BAM also plays a major role in representing the community to government and research councils and has developed strong links with a number of related organizations both in the UK and internationally. The academy works to engage with business and industry and is committed to supporting and developing ethical and effective management practice.