Association of Business Schools

Annual Research Conference

Wednesday 18th March 2015

Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1AG

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Welcome - #ABSResearch

This event took place on the 18th March 2015. For information regarding the conference please contact Paul Rushworth on 07760 862 395 or email

Videos, podcasts and documents of conference presentations are available to access online here.

Beyond the REF 2014

Future Strategies - Future Funding

The Association of Business Schools’ Annual Research Conference is the major annual gathering of senior research management leaders from UK business schools. With the recently published results of the REF 2014 this conference fell at a turning point for many institutions, in particular for their research strategies.

Featured speakers included:

Adrian Alsop
Director of Research, Partnerships and International, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Professor G “Anand” Anandalingam
Dean, Business  School, Imperial College London

Dr David Docherty
Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business

Professor Amanda Broderick
Dean, Salford Business School

For an idea of the kind of presentations and level of discussions held at this event, watch a video of our research panel from the recent ABS Annual Conference, featuring Professor Simon Collinson and Professor Robin Mason both of whom spoke at our Annual Research Conference in greater depth.

Business Research Strategies for Business Schools

> View all of this year's speakers here and our full agenda here.

What do past delegates have to say?

This conference set out to:

  • Look at the ABS analysis of REF outcomes and impacts on business schools
  • Consider how research staff in business and management schools are formulating future research strategies
  • Review the people impacts of REF 2014 on the research community and the implications for business school faculties
  • Look at how institutions are responding to the REF and examine implications for business and management research funding
  • Investigate what strategies might be adopted in response to REF 2014 in anticipation of 2020?
  • Review “impact” measurements, how has business and management research fared and what lessons can be drawn?
  • Offer information and guidance on UK, EU and international funding sources
  • Provide an opportunity to exchange experiences of international partnerships and how these are evolving
  • Consider the age demographic of the business and management education research academy and research selection and succession planning
  • Address, through case studies - how research directors raise the research profile in the media
  • Explore how to build interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research teams
  • Consider how to connect with local business
  • Discuss public engagement, public understanding of management