At the start of November BAM held the first meeting of the first cohort of ESRC/SAMS Management and Business Development Fellows. The event was held at the British Library and saw talks from a variety of distinguished academics including Andrew Pettigrew (Oxford University), Richard Thorpe (University of Leeds), Mark Easterby-Smith (Lancaster Univeristy), Kathryn Haynes (Aston University) and Sally Halper (British Library). The event included sessions on a career as a business and management academic, publishing, and scholarship with impact.
Management and Business Development Fellowships are aimed at talented individuals at an early-mid career level who have between five and fifteen years active experience either as a practitioner in business or management or as an academic researcher in a different discipline. The scheme was introduced by the ESRC as part of their ongoing effort to increase capacity in the sector. Last year UK Research Organisations were invited to host Management and Business Development Fellowships, with additional co-funding provided by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). As a result of this call the ESRC and SAMS have awarded 16 Fellowships across eleven institutions.
Initial feedback from the Fellows was extremely positive. BAM is now looking to build on the success of this event by working with the ESRC, SAMS and the Fellows themselves to ensure the program delivers maximum benefit, both to those directly involved as well as to the sector as a whole.