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BAM Leadership & Leadership Development SIG: building bridges between academia and business

Conference organisers

11 January 2018

Influential business professionals joined with academics at a recent event in London, to discuss best practice in aligning and sharing leadership research between academic and managerial communities.  

Attending as key speakers were Ann Francke (CEO Chartered Management Institute), Peter Cheese (CEO Chartered Institute of Personnel Development), Richard Bolden (Professor of Leadership & Management, University West of England) and Jean Hartley (Professor of Public Leadership, Open University).   Later Lesley Giles (Director of the Work Foundation), Madeleine Barrows (CEO of BAM) and Patrick Woodman (Head of Research & Advocacy, CMI) joined us to lead workshop groups.

The one-day event, which took place at the Work Foundation, was organised by LUMS academic, Dr Elaine Dunn and Dr Julie Wilson, Chair of the BAM LLD SIG, and was attended by 38 people including a balanced mix of academics and managers.

Describing the event a very successful, Dr Elaine Dunn said: "Today’s case studies have shown us how academics and business practitioners can collaborate on leadership research resulting in valuable practical outcomes and high-ranking publications for the REF."   

Planning for the next stage in the conversations, Dr Julie Wilson said: “We have two big events planned to follow this engagement activity.  The first, in July will address issues of overcoming blockages to collaborative working for academics. The second activity will be hosted by the BAM conference and offer networking and other support to promote collaborative projects."

Feedback from attendees included:

“The day had a great feel, real energy and enthusiasm.”

“This was interesting and useful.  We’re looking forward to the next step in this process.”