BAM2010 Conference Report

BAM 2010: "Management Research in a Changing Climate"
14th-16th September 2010, Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield

On 14th – 16th September this year the University of Sheffield played host to the BAM Annual Conference, where researchers from across the UK and abroad gathered to present their full and developmental papers, share new research ideas, hear talks from distinguished guest speakers and catch up with colleagues and friends. Initial feedback received has been extremely positive, and we are delighted once again that the BAM conference has lived up to its reputation as being one of the cornerstone events in the management research calenda.

Stimulating discussion, collegial spirit and lasting intellectual value and are the hallmarks of the BAM conference. Over three days 550 delegates… discussed a total of 464 submitted papers, in 173 sessions including six symposia and eight workshops lead by BAM members, and nine additional sessions lead by BAM committees, publishers and journal editors. Many Track Chairs have already commented on the excellent quality of papers and discussion on offer. Many of you attended the Special Interest Group AGMs to network with colleagues in your own area of research interest and to discuss the various activities and developments in store for 2011. Our New Members Champagne Breakfast was another opportunity for new BAM members to meet their SIG Chairs, senior academics and each other, at the start of the conference and another academic year. The Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield’s city centre provided a fantastic backdrop to the BAM2010 Conference Dinner, which was our most popular yet.

BAM was pleased to welcome its guest speakers this year. John Kay, founding Dean of Said Business School and FT columnist, presented the opening plenary session. John drew on the notion of economic rent to argue that the concept is one of a handful of key notions in understanding modern business and its social and economic context. He illustrated that thesis by using the concept to discuss the nature of the firm, the relationship between business and politics, how we integrate the principles of strategy and the measurement of profitability, and the evolution of industrial structures in the face of new technology. This was followed by a fantastic Welcome Reception sponsored by Emerald Publishing. In the second plenary session Petra Wilton Director of Policy and Research at the Chartered Management Institute, presented a talk on "Collaboration: a route to greater impact" Petra reviewed the changing political, economic and social climate and made the case for greater collaboration between professional bodies and HE, and ultimately between research and practitioners. She also provided a forward look at management research topics of particular relevance to policy-makers and practitioners. Professors Mike Pidd (Lancaster University) and Derek Pugh (Open University, Emeritus), having been awarded Fellowship of the Academy last year, headed discussion in a stimulating joint Fellows Lecture, and we were pleased to hear from Chris Taylor, Deputy REF Manager at HEFCE, on developments with the REF.

This year’s track sessions saw a high standard of both full paper and developmental submissions from delegates in 27 different tracks. Discussion during these sessions was lively, and presenters indicated that they found the discussion and feedback helpful. As always there will be room for improvement, and the honest & constructive feedback we have received from delegates so far will be valuable in the planning for BAM2011 at the Aston Business School, which is already underway.

We would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of BAM2010 for all their hard work and support. In particular, we would like to thank our sponsors Emerald Publishing for sponsoring the Welcome Reception and Wiley Blackwell for sponsoring the New Members Breakfast. We would also like to thank our hosts the University of Sheffield, whose support under the leadership of Keith Glaister ensured the smooth-running of the event. Finally, we would like to thank all of you who attended the conference and once again made it the great experience that it was.

Professor Tim Clark , BAM Vice President 2010
Professor Keith Glaister , Dean of the Management School, University of Sheffield

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