BAM2017 Conference Report

The BAM2017 Conference, hosted by the University of Warwick, took place from Tuesday 5th September to Thursday 7th September 2017.  940 delegates from 48 presented and discussed over 850 research papers at this year’s 31st Annual BAM Conference. During the course of the week, delegates participated in three days of stimulating and thoughtful discussion, debate and networking opportunities in the City of Coventry. 

The BAM2017 Conference kicked off early on Tuesday morning with our new members attending the New Members’ Welcome Breakfast (sponsored by Wiley). New BAM Members were given the opportunity to meet other new members, BAM Executive and Council Members, BAM Fellows, SIG and Track Chairs. The speeches from Nic Beech (BAM Chair) and Anne Clare Gillon (Vice-Chair Special Interest Groups)  a welcomed first-time attendees to the Conference and into the BAM Community.  The main message was to ‘get involved, speak to people and enjoy both what you can give and receive from our wonderful community.’

24 Professional Development Workshops (PDWs; sponsored by Project Management Institute) were presented on Tuesday morning. The BAM Fellows Session ran alongside the PDWs and was titled 'The Future of Business Schools and Management Research: Key Challenges for Difficult Times' and consisted of Ken Starkey, (Chair), Andrew Pettigrew, Simon Collinson, Peter McKiernan and Jone Pearce. 

The BAM2017 Conference saw delegates explore,discuss and debate the conference theme 'Re-connecting management research with the disciplines: Shaping the research agenda for the social sciences. '. The Opening Plenary saw a session on Behavioural Science led by Warwick Business School Professor Nick Chater. The plenary was titled 'From lab to world: How far can science of human behaviour shape policy and practice?'

BAM had a dedicated session for the Awards Ceremony which saw a number of BAM members recognised for their acheivements within the field of business and management and to the BAM community. 

The evening networking events organised by the SIGs were well attended by delegates who caught up with old friends and colleagues, met new people with similar interests, and formed collaborative partnerships with scholars, policy makers and practioners within their field. These informal networking opportunities were a real highlight of the conference this year.

During the Conference sessions saw delegates engaging in debate and discussions raised by the presentations, share ideas and knowledge and receive feedback from fellow colleagues in their own field. Delegates had the benefit of choosing to attend sessions from the vast variety of topics and tracks available. The Conference showcased the highest quality of new research and provided opportunities for discussion, dissemination and networking for delegates.

The Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening boasted 450 delegates arriving at the Convetry Catherdral  After a drinks reception and three-course dinner, a local band brought a highly enjoyable evening to a close with great music and lots of dancing.

BAM2017 Awards

There were a number of awards that were presented during the BAM2017 Conference. Congratulations to all the Award Winners. 

BAM would also like to thank European Management Journal for sponsoring the Full and Developmental Papers.

Best Full and Best Development Paper Awards

Overall 46 papers were awarded Best Papers across 26 Conference Tracks. There were 25 Full Papers and 20 Developmental Papers

Read more about about the Best Full and Developmental Paper Award Winners

BAM Fellowships

Professor Veronique Ambrosini, Professor Charles Baden-Fuller, Professor Simon Collinson, Professor Igor Filatotchev, Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Caroline Gatrell, Professor Nicholas O'Regan and Professor Zoe Radnor were each awarded Fellowship of the British Academy of Management. Fellowships are awarded to scholars who have made an outstanding Academic contribution to Business and Management scholarship, as well as demonstrating a significant contribution to the community of scholars in the field and within BAM.

Read more about the New BAM Fellows Profiles

Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award

The Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award is made in memory of Professor Richard Whipp, an outstanding scholar in the field of business and management and former Chair of the British Academy of Management. This year, we were honoured to be joined by Anne Whipp who presented the award to Professor Susan Vinnicombe and Professor Ruth Simpson.  

The purpose of the Award is to acknowledge the course of a career within the management field where the beneficiary will have done one or more of the following: enhanced a field of study, founded or effectively led a major national / international academic initiative or provided unusually effective service to a major professional institution and/or the Academy.

Read more about the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

BAM Medals

This year, BAM launched the Medal Awards at the BAM2017 conference. The Medal Awards were given in three different areas and based on the contribution to the Business and Management community; BAM Medal for Leadership, BAM Medal for Research and BAM Medal for Knowledge Development. The Medals were given to the following members; Professor Mark Saunders, BAM Medal for Leadership, Professor Christine Coupland, BAM Medal for Research and Professor Paul Hibbert and Dr Leonard Holmes, BAM Medal for Knowledge Development. 

Companionship Awards

BAM is delighted to announce that seven individuals have been announced asBAM Companions at the 31st BAM Annual Conference at the University of Warwick. The Companions are listed as follows:

  • Andy Rubin
  • Eliat Aram
  • Howard Kerr
  • Chris Daly
  • Jacky Holloway
  • Sir Martin Sorrell
  • Kate Kearins

Companionship of the British Academy of Management is an award made by invitation only in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Management. The award is a way in which the BAM community honours those who have provided leadership in management practice or thought, or development of the field and its diverse community

Education Practice Award

The British Academy of Management are delighted to announce that the Oxford Scenarios Programme, Said Business School, the University of Oxford has been awarded the Education Practice Award at the 31st Annual BAM Conference at the University of Warwick, Coventry. The programme is a 10-year initiative lead by Professor Rafael Ramirez, and includes team members Kees van der Heijden, Angela Wilkinson, Cynthia Selin, Cho Khong, Trudi Lang and Yasser Bhatti.

Thank you

BAM would like to thank a number of organisations and individuals who contributed to ensuring the overall success of BAM2017.

BAM would like to thank all the Exhibitors who were involved in the BAM2017 Conference and this year’s Sponsors: Wiley (New Members’ Welcome Breakfast),
Warwick Business Schools (Hosts) European Management Journal (Best Full Papers and Developmental Papers) and Project Management Institute (Professional Development Workshops).

We would also like to thank Keith Glaister and Andy Lockett from Warwick Business School and them team from the University of Warwick who provided advice and support throughout the year. 

Thank you to all the Track Chairs, SIG Chairs, Reviewers and PDW Organisers for their time, support and hard work.

Finally, thank you to all the delegates and colleagues for their participation and engagement which ensured that, once again, the BAM conference was a highly successful and enjoyable event.

Looking ahead to BAM2018

We hope you will be able to join us next year for the BAM2018 Conference which will take place at the University of the West of England from the 4th - 6th September.

Find out more at: BAM2018 Conference


Author Name: 
Lewis Johnson
British Academy of Management