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Academics honoured by British Academy of Management

  • Monday, September 6, 2021
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Academics from across Alliance Manchester Business School have been honoured by the British Academy of Management (BAM).

Professor of Organisation Theory Gibson Burrell, Professor of Strategic Management and Behavioural Science Gerard P. Hodgkinson, and Professor of Finance Kevin Aretz, all received accolades at BAM’s annual conference which was held online last week.

Lifetime achievement

Professor Burrell was honoured with the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award, with BAM describing him as someone “who has been a truly outstanding leader in the field of critical management studies”.

In making his award, BAM President Professor Nic Beech said: “The Awards Committee was unanimous and unhesitating in its enthusiasm to recognise Gibson’s enormous contribution to the field through his research, community leadership and the care he has continuously shown for colleagues who have benefitted from his mentorship and support. Not only is he an outstanding, globally renowned scholar, but he is also a truly caring member of our community, a leader and a bastion of our field.”

Professor Burrell said he was thrilled with the award. “I am very grateful to BAM for this personal honour, but this is also about recognising this field of research as much as me. Right now there is as much need for critical management as ever given the multitude of issues that managers face on a daily basis. It is essential that they are always self-reflective.”

He began his teaching career at AMBS, then known as Manchester Business School, exactly 50 years ago. “Although much has changed some basics still remain as important as ever, whether it’s the importance of research or the importance of a doctoral programme.”

Original contribution

Professor Hodgkinson, who is also Vice Dean for Research for the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Manchester, received the BAM Medal for Research, which is awarded for “a sustained, original contribution to management research by a BAM member”.

He was nominated in recognition of his sustained contributions of internationally recognised research at the intersections of behavioural science and strategic management, as well as for his role in promoting management research, in particular through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and as Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Management. He was also nominated for “his ready willingness to support BAM developmental initiatives”.

Professor Hodgkinson said: “I am delighted to have been honoured with the award of the Research Medal by BAM, which reflects not only my own efforts, but also the efforts of the many colleagues and research students with whom I have had the privilege of collaborating over the past three and a half decades.

“This award adds to the growing recognition of my wider research subfield of behavioural strategy, which develops much-needed psychological insights into the human decision processes that lie at the heart of effective and ineffective strategic management. The widespread applicability of our work has been highly apparent throughout the ongoing pandemic, as stakeholders at all levels of the economy and society have wrestled with the many adaptive challenges and uncertainties prevailing.”

Best paper

Meanwhile Professor Aretz was winner of the Best Paper Award in the Financial Management track at the conference for his paper entitled: A Real Options Asset Pricing Model With Seasonal Sales and Inventory Building.