Student Area

As either a new or established PhD student in the field of management, BAM provides benifits in all stages of your studies and future academic carear. Our primary aims for students are to provide excellent training programmes and friendly support through our networks to help you cope with the day-to-day problems faced when conducting your research.


BAM, with you every step of the way

Doctoral Symposium

BAM places great emphasis on helping develop the researchers of the future. Each year BAM organises a Doctoral Symposium to coincide with the annual BAM Conference that is highly regarded in the management community as a key event in the doctoral training calendar. With well established academics running research conversations, workshops, seminars and plenaries on subjects affecting students at all stages of their studies, it really is not to be missed.

50 Full-time Student Bursaries Available

BAM provides 50 full-time student bursaries to attend the doctoral symposium, on a first come first-serve basis.

100 Free Conference Places Available

BAM provides the first 100 students to register a free place to the BAM2012 Conference, not only to allow doctoral students the opportunity to meet their peers and participate in the academy's main academic event of the year, but also to receive feedback on their full and developmental papers and the oppourtunity to network with senior academics.

Find out more about the BAM 2012 Doctoral Symposium

Special Interest Groups

One of the most significant benefits of BAM membership is the Special Interest Groups (SIG's). A SIG is a network of academics from PhD students to Deans with an interest in a particular field of management research. Whether you are trying to get a deeper understanding of the literature in your area, need advice on your studies/career or just want to network with like minded researchers, SIG events throughout the year and at the Annual Conference are a great, friendly resource for doctoral students.

Further information

BAM Journals

BAM owns two journals, the British Journal of Management (BJM) and the International Journal of Management Reviews (IJMR). With BAM membership you get access to both these Journals, with online access going back to the 1990's. BJM is recognised as one of the highest quality managment journals, and IJMR offers a great framework on writing effectively and posing academic argument, supporting doctoral candidates in the production of their theses by producing comprehensive reviews/debates and to locate their research within past, present and future debates.

Further Information

Research Training

BAM’s year-round Training and Development activities incorporate the expertise of leading academics, providing the best possible platform for you to develop your research techniques throughout your career. BAM runs several events through the year aimed specifically at doctoral students on the following topics:

  • Research Methods
  • Publishing
  • Grant Writing
  • Impact
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Student Voice on Council

There are two places on Council for Doctoral representation. The current full-time representative is Paul Caulfield (University of Bath, ) and Anne Clare Gillon (The University of the West of Scotland, ) represents the requirements of part time students. Comments and suggestions are encouraged from the doctoral student population to ensure the student voice on council accuratley reflects the issues and concerns affecting students today.

For detailed biographies on the Student Reps and other key people involved with BAM doctoral students see below.


Benefits of membership include:

  • Becoming a member of the international network of Business and Management researchers
  • Opportunity for active networking with other Business and Management doctoral students and with senior academics though various events
  • Prior notification of all training and development events scheduled
  • Receipt of the British Journal of Management
  • Receipt of the International Journal of Management Reviews
  • Reduced annual subscription to the Journal of Management Studies at £20
  • Affiliation to as many of the Academy’s Special Interest Groups as required
  • Receipt of the monthly e-newsletter containing information on forthcoming events, journal special issue annoucments, management research job vacancies and general Academy news
  • Free use of the wi-fi enabled small meeting room at the BAM office in London for private study/meetings.

Find out about all our member benefits here

Membership Fees

BAM Membership is £25 for doctoral students in either full or part -time education.

To apply for student membership you will be required to send verification of your student status to in the form of a signed letter from your university.

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Key People Working With Students in BAM

Full-Time Rep

The current full-time representative is Paul Caulfield (University of Bath)

Paul is currently ESCR/FME Fellow in the Centre for Business and Society at the University of Bath. His academic work is built upon experience gained in Strategic Planning and Corporate Social Responsibility with BP, where he was responsible for European commercial plans and for community investment and engagement strategy focusing on improving sustainable interventions. Prior to joining BP, he held senior roles in strategic resource planning, focusing on business modelling and origination for major European and US banks. Paul has operational experience of MNC and NGO operations in the developing world covering sustainable business development and leadership capability building in Angola, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Current research interests are: Strategic Corporate Social Performance, Corporate Community Investments, Corporate Reputation, Sustainable business models and Employee Volunteering.

Part-Time Rep

The current part-time representative is Anne Clare Gillon (The University of the West of Scotland)

Anne Clare Gillon is the part time doctoral representative; she is a part time PhD student at Nottingham Trent University. She is also a Lecturer in HRM at The University of the West of Scotland (UWS), so has an understanding of the context of Higher Education in both the English and Scottish systems.

Anne Clare first attended the doctoral symposium and conference at Harrogate in 2008. She joined the committee of the Transformation, Change and Organisational Development Special Interest Group (SIG), so quickly found a 'home' within the larger community of BAM. She has found BAM to be key to developing as a researcher, having the opportunity to meet and learn from esteemed research academics.

Prior to transferring to an academic role, Anne Clare was the Depute Director for HR at UWS. Since completing her post grad studies in HR at LSE, she has gained extensive practitioner experience in senior HR roles with Polaroid, in the chemical industry and in the NHS. She has thoroughly enjoyed capitalising on her skills within the challenges of an academic career. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and was more recently recognised for the quality of her learning and teaching, through achieving Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

As part time doctoral representative, Anne Clare is keen to encourage other doctoral students to get as much as she has out of their membership of BAM.

BAM Champions

BAM has appointed four BAM Champions, who will represent BAM to doctoral students on a regional basis and provide a key support link between the society and doctoral students nationwide. Joining the Membership Services and Conferences Subcommittee, chaired by Jacky Holloway, the new doctoral team will perform a crucial role in BAM’s continuing provision of support for PhD students.

The list of Champions are as follows:

  • Mercy Adeyeye , University of Essex Business School
  • Keith Glanfield , Aston Business School
  • Paul Abbott , Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Bethel Ihugba , Greenwich School of Management London

Interested in becoming a BAM Champion? please contact Alison Lewis at .

Doctoral Symposium

Professor Nic Beech (University of St Andrews) is a newly elected member of the BAM Council, and will be taking over the organisation of the Doctoral Symposium academic content from Dr Jacky Holloway for BAM2011.

His current research is focused on the study of identity. Adopting a social construction perspective his aim is to extend the current understanding of processes and outcomes of 'identity work'. The research entails tracing talk, text and activities which impact on how people construct themselves and others. The approach is dynamic, tracing changes over time, and typically uses narrative analysis. I am also interested in the more general area of organisational change.

In 2009 Nic was appointed Lead Fellow by The Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) for its initiative to increase the impact of management research on practice. This research focuses on the study of management practice and music, as well as the more general area of organisational change.

BAM Office

Joe Campbell is the Communications Officer in the BAM office, and is the main point of contact for doctoral students.

He joined in July this year and was tasked with taking over the organisation of the BAM2010 Doctoral Sympoisum. Aiming to build on the success of last year he will be taking on the task again for BAM2011.

If you have any questions or just want to say hello then drop Joe an email at .


External Links

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The ESRC funds research and training in social and economic issues. The ESRC has an international reputation both for providing high-quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government and for our commitment to training excellence, which produces world-class social scientists.

National Centre for Research Methods
NCRM is a Hub-Node network of research groups, each conducting research and training in an area of social science research methods, coordinated by the Hub at the University of Southampton.

Research Methods Programme
The Research Methods Programme forms part of ESRC’s strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community. Programme funding seeks to:

  • support substantively focused research that poses interesting or novel methodological issues;
  • foster work that directly enhances methodological knowledge or improves and /node/13/editadvances quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • encourage and support the dissemination of good practice, including the enhancement of training programmes and training materials for the research community;
  • establish Fellowships linked to research funded through this Programme, or linked to existing centres of methodological excellence;
  • promote cross-national initiatives involving substantively focused and methodologically innovative research.

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS)
Providing practical support, training and information in the use of a range of software programs which have been designed to assist qualitative data analysis. The project also provides various platforms for debate concerning the methodological and epistemological issues arising from the use of such software packages.

Centre for Research Methods in the Social Sciences
The Centre is intended to develop rigorous advanced and appropriate techniques and methods for application to research across the social sciences, particularly in the area of quantitative methods.

Intute: Business and management studies
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