Leading business and management academics given awards for their work

Leading business and management academics were given awards for their work at the British Academy of Management annual conference at Aston University, Birmingham. 


Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Sue Cox OBE, of Lancaster University Management School, and Professor Abby Ghobadian, of the Henley Business School, were given BAM’s Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award.


(BAM President, Prof Nic Beech, Prof Sue Cox OBE and Anne Whipp)

Professor Cox OBE holds the Chair of Safety & Risk Management in the Lancaster University Management School and was the School’s Dean from 2001 to 2015. She received her OBE in 2011 for services to the social sciences and management. Her leadership within the sector has helped universities across the world develop stronger links with external communities and enterprises.

In research, she is a leading figure in the field of reliability, safety and risk management with a particular focus on organisational issues in major hazard environments. Her work has informed and helped shape high-level organisations and practices in both government and the energy sectors.

(BAM President, Prof Nic Beech, Prof Abby Ghobadian and Anne Whipp)

Abby Ghobadian, Professor of Management at Henley Business School, studies how organisational performance can be improved. He has chaired the British Academy of Management and is a past president. He has served on a number of government taskforces including the All-Party Parliamentary Group Commission Commission on the future of management and leadership that produced a well-received report in July 2014 contributing to the establishment of apprenticeship levy. 


His work has been important in advancing theoretical and practical knowledge about the relationship between management practices and companies’ performance. He is recognised for his collaborative work with the UK government and the significant help he has given to academic institutions overseas.


The awards are made in the memory of Professor Richard Whipp (1954-2005), to acknowledge his contribution in developing the Academy. His widow, Anne Whipp, presented them.


BAM medals

Dr Adelina Broadbridge, of the University of Stirling, Professor Jean Hartley, of The Open University, and Chris Webber, of the Cabinet Office, were given BAM medals for their work.


(BAM President, Prof Nic Beech and Dr Adelina Broadbridge)

Dr Broadbridge won the BAM Medal for Leadership, which is given for ‘sustained and outstanding leadership of, and contribution to, the academic community by a BAM member’. 


She founded the BAM Gender in Management special interest group in 2003 and served as its Chair for 12 years, organising events and supporting doctoral and early careers researchers.


(BAM President, Prof Nic Beech, Prof Jean Hartley and BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason)

Professor Hartley won the Medal for Research, given for ‘sustained, original contributions to management research by a BAM member’.


She studies leadership, public management and organisational change and innovation, in particular the value of political astuteness among public servants, the interplay between political and managerial leadership, and the leadership of innovation in public services.


Professor Hartley is also Academic Director of The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning, responsible for creating research and education through a collaborative partnership between more than 50 OU academics and 21 police forces in England and Wales.


(BAM President, Prof Nic Beech, Chris Webber and BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason)

Chris Webber won the President's Medal for Management Practice or Policy, given for ‘an outstanding contribution to management practice or policy beyond the normal expectations of the job’.


He was awarded this for his work deepening collaboration between Whitehall departments and academics by setting up the Open Innovation Team at the Cabinet Office, which generates analysis and ideas.


The three were given their medals by the Academy’s President, Professor Nic Beech. (Biographies of the Richard Whipp award and medal winners are at the end of this article)



At the conference five researchers were made Companions of the British Academy of Management, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field of management.


They were: Professor Julia Clarke, Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools; Professor Angus Laing, former Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools; Dr Felicity Kelliher, Chair of the Irish Academy of Management; Professor Melanie Bryant, President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management; and Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London.

(BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason, Prof Julia Clarke and BAM President, Prof Nic Beech)


(BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason, Prof Angus Laing and BAM President, Prof Nic Beech)


BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason, Dr Felicity Kelliher and BAM President, Prof Nic Beech)


BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason, Prof Melanie Bryant and BAM President, Prof Nic Beech)



BAM also awarded three new Fellowships at the annual conference. Fellowships are given 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. The Fellows are: 


Dean of BAM Fellows College,
Prof Peter McKiernan, Prof Emma Parry and BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason)

Professor Emma Parry is Professor of Human Resource Management at Cranfield University. She is known for her leading work in Human Resource Management and also for developing the Doctorate of Business Administration qualification. She has a global reputation as an expert in Human Resource Management, and is known in particular for her research focused on the impact of the external context on HRM. More specifically , she is renowned for her sustained academic contributions in three main areas: first, in understanding the influence of national context on managing people; second, in relation to the role of emerging technologies in the world of work and in human resource management; and third, in understanding the value of the concept of generational diversity at work. She was instrumental in establishing the joint BAM-Chartered ABS DBA Symposium and has been a member of BAM’s Council.


Dean of BAM Fellows College,
Prof Peter McKiernan, Prof Jeremy Clegg and BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason)

Professor Jeremy Clegg is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and International Business Management, Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL), University of Leeds and Director of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, University of Leeds. He is known for his work on the determinants of outward foreign direct investment, on the relation between integration and autonomy strategies in the context of international post acquisition corporate integration and the generation of emotions within the cross-cultural encounter. He is a member of BAM Council and President elect of the Academy of International Business.


Dean of BAM Fellows College,
Prof Peter McKiernan, Prof Thomas Durand and BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason)

Professor Thomas Durand is chaired Professor in Strategic Management at Cnam in Paris, and President of the European Academy of Management. He is a scholar of international repute whose major areas of research and scholarship include: The future of Management Education and Research; Organizational Competence theory; Technology Strategy; Intrapreneurship and the management of innovation; National Systems of innovation. 


Teaching Practitioner Awards

The BAM Education Practice awards are two competitive awards presented to early career and experienced practitioners, reflecting the value placed on excellence in education practice. The winner of the Experienced Teaching Practitioner Category was Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, of the University of Glasgow; the winner Early Career Teaching Practitioner Category was Dr Thomas Elston, University of Oxford.

(BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason, Prof Denis Fischbacher-Smith and BAM VC for MKE, Prof Lisa Anderson)


(BAM Chair, Prof Katy Mason, Dr Thomas Elston and BAM VC for MKE, Prof Lisa Anderson)


Biographies of Richard Whipp award and BAM medal winners:

Professor Sue Cox was Dean of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS 2001-15) and remains actively involved with the School as Dean Emeritus. Under her leadership, the School was one of the few to achieve the accreditation ‘hat trick’ of EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. She led a significant expansion of the School both nationally and internationally. As part of her leadership of LUMS, Sue was also Chair of the Work Foundation. Prior to joining LUMS, she was Professor of Safety & Risk Management at Loughborough University and Director of Loughborough University Business School.


Sue was awarded the OBE for services to social science in 2011. Amongst her various academic recognitions, she holds Fellowships of the British Academy of Management and of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is also an Honorary Member of the EFMD and has served as its Vice President (Academic). She is also a Past Chair and current Fellow of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and of the Chartered Management Institute. Sue has served on the Pre Accreditation Committee of AACSB. She has conducted reviews of numerous international Business and Management schools for both EFMD and AACSB. She is also a member of the Advisory Boards of several international business schools including ESCP (France), NOVA (Portugal) and Hanken (Finland) and Chair of the Advisory Board of the York Management School.


Sue has served as a member of the Strategic Research Board of the Economic & Social Science Research Council (2003-07) and has acted as Chair for various of its grant awarding panels.


Although partially retired, Sue remains fully engaged professionally with the ongoing development of the sector, its schools and its leadership through several initiatives including the 3DP (Deans & Directors Development Programme: CABS) which she has led the last 3 years.


Formerly a member of COMARE and of the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee, Sue is currently an External Member of Sellafield Nuclear Site Licence Committee. She was also a member of the Marshall Review of the Health & Safety Commission’s coverage and arrangements for major hazards. Sue has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Hazards Forum.


Her research is based in the major hazard sector (high reliability organisations) and focused on the behavioural, organisational and cultural issues shaping safety leadership, management and performance. She has published widely. Two of her papers have been cited as among the top 10 published papers on safety culture. Recently, she was an editor of and Keynote contributor to the recent Conference publication by the International Atomic Energy Authority: Human & Organizational Aspects of Assuring Nuclear Safety: Exploring 30 Years of Safety Culture (2019).

In her research, Sue has worked closely with a wide range of international and state enterprises and agencies including: Air Products, Chevron and Mobil, Severn Trent, Michelin, ICI, the Ocean Group, Magnox, and the Health & Safety Executive and Finnish Nuclear Inspectorate.


At a more personal level, Sue is a long standing (suffering) supporter of Stoke City FC and a season ticket holder there. She was a Staffordshire County Netball player and also played netball for the University of Nottingham. She was later Club Captain of Keyworth Tennis Club and now plays bridge as a member of the Arnside Club in Cumbria.


Abby Ghobadian is Professor of Management at Henley Business School. His research interests lie in examining the relationship between management practice and performance within four broad areas – strategy, supply chain and operations management, and corporate responsibility – contributing to the advancement of theory and practice. Abby is a long-standing advocate of corporate responsibility working with a number of organisations including UEFA to promote sustainability, inclusion and diversity.  It is pleasing to note that last week 200 CEOs of largest US companies agreed to redefine the purpose of firm to include responsibility to broad range of stakeholders.


Abby has published over 120 articles in top journals, eight research monographs, a text book, and numerous book chapters as well as conference contributions and contributions to popular/practitioner publications.  He has received over £4 million in research grants and supervised 32 doctoral students to completion. He has served on a number of government task forces including the APPG Commission on the future of management and leadership that produced a well-received report in July 2014 contributing to the establishment of apprenticeship levy. 


Following the collapse of the Iron Curtain in early 1990s Abby obtained substantial funding to assist with the turnaround of management education in Hungary, Poland and Romania. He received an honorary doctorate from the Pecs University in recognition of his contribution to revitalising management education in Hungary.


Abby has had a long-standing association with BAM serving as elected member of council several times as well as its Chair and President. He has also served on the Executive Committee of CAB and chaired its research steering committee. Abby is the founding Co-editor of Journal of Strategy and Management and serves on editorial board of a number of journals including European Management Review. He holds a number of visiting professorships.


 He was selected a Fellow of BAM in 2008, Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences in 2010. In recognition of his contribution to practice of management he was elected as Companion of Chartered Management Institute (CCMI).


Adelina Broadbridge is a Senior Lecturer in the division of Management, Work and Organisation, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling. Within the School she has held positions of Head of Department and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning.


Adelina is the founding chair of the British Academy of Management’s Gender in Management Special Interest Group and has served on BAM Council, where she took specific lead on Special Interest Group development. She is currently joint track chair of the Gender in Management Track at the BAM conference. She has jointly run two Professional Development Workshops at previous BAM conferences.


She is Editor of Gender in Management: An International Journal which has recently received its first impact factor: 1.208, which is a recognition of the high-quality research the journal has been publishing. 


She has run various programmes on the professional and personal development of women for the University of Stirling, and is an Aurora mentor at her university. She is currently leading on the application for the Athena Swan bronze award for Stirling Management School.


She is internationally recognised for her work on issues of human resource management in the retail industry. Her PhD examined the career development issues of retail managers and built on, and consolidated, some of her previous activities. A core theme of her teaching and research examines career development issues, with a specific focus on gender and diversity issues. She collaborated with colleagues on a project to understand in more detail the expectations of the career advancement of Generation Y graduates. Other projects have examined the career issues facing women in midlife and thoughts surrounding retirement of women and men. As well as over 50 peer reviewed papers, she is author of one book, two edited books and 11 book chapters.


Jean Hartley is Professor of Public Leadership at the Open University Business School, researching in the field of public leadership and management.  She is also Academic Director of the Open University Centre for Policing Research and Learning, responsible for research, education and knowledge into practice in a collaborative inter-disciplinary partnership between 50 OU academics and 21 UK police forces. Previous posts have been at Warwick, London, Sheffield and Manchester Universities.


Jean is an organizational psychologist by background, though with an inter-disciplinary approach to reflect real-world organizational and interorganizational issues.  Her research and publications have covered the private, public and voluntary sectors.  Her work has strongly shaped the field of public leadership and management for two decades through research, teaching and development work.  

Jean researches and teaches in the field of public leadership and management, across a range of public services.  Her research and publications on leadership include:


  • the value, use and skills of leadership with political astuteness for public service
  • the dual leadership of senior public servants working with politicians in local and central government
  • leadership development and its evaluation for elected politicians and for public managers
  • leadership to create public value
  • leadership in healthcare, local government and policing
  • leadership in contexts of contest and conflict (e.g. South Sudan)

She also researches in innovation and organizational change in public services, and on how improvement science, knowledge exchange hubs, and inter-organisational learning networks can help to spread learning and innovation. 

Jean has also written about research methodology, including case studies and co-research. 


Jean has written seven books and numerous articles on leadership, innovation, improvement and organizational change, and public value in both top journals and in practitioner outlets.  She has held numerous research grants from a range of sources including ESRC, charities and foundations and government departments.


Jean is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  She was a member of the Berwick Advisory Group which advised the Secretary of State for Health in July 2013 on improving patient safety in healthcare, including leadership, following the Francis Report.  She is an honorary Trustee of Friends of Ibba Girls School (FIGS), South Sudan, and is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of progress and impacts since its inception in 2014. 


Chris Webber is Head of Open Innovation at the Cabinet Office. He joined the Civil Service in 2012 and worked in a variety of Cabinet Office and HM Treasury roles before setting up the Open Innovation Team in 2016. Prior to joining the Civil Service, he worked in think tanks and for the Economist Intelligence Unit.