Research Leadership Programme – Cycle 7


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The event starts: 2 October 2017
And will end on: 7 December 2017

Location: Brussels
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A partnership between EFMD and EURAM (European Academy of Management). After six successful editions and over 80 participants, the Research Leadership Programme (RLP) will run again in 2017.


Business schools are undergoing tremendous change in a highly competitive environment. Strong research contributes to brand recognition, enhances schools' capacity to attract high level faculty and students, offers cutting-edge study programmes and engage with discerning client organisations. Research excellence is highly influential in national higher education policy with ongoing demands for accountability (for publicly funded institutions); research is assessed, ranked and accredited in national and international contexts.

Where does your business school stand with its research strategy? What is the role of your School' research director in supporting your strategy? How can this role be made more effective?

In order to strengthen their members’ capability to develop high quality research, EFMD and EURAM have joined efforts to offer this professional development programme.

Aims of the programme

The EFMD-EURAM Research Leadership programme is a management programme, to develop the leadership potential of research directors, that:

  • alerts directors on new trends that impact on business schools at national and international levels;
  • supports directors in formulating and implementing research strategy, addressing the right questions, engaging with global partners internationally;
  • informs directors on the numerous opportunities for the development of research under the EU research policy and research programme such as The European Research Council, the Horizon 2020 programme, the opportunities under the Marie Curie programme.


Two Modules

  • Module 1: The Context of Management Research
    2 - 5 October 2017
    • contrasting types of Schools and research policies
    • creativity and innovation in different research contexts
    • designing effective strategies to match different context discovering the EU research agenda; including a visit to the EU Commission to meet funding bodies
  • Module 2: The Content and Process of Management Research
    5 - 7 December 2017
    • designing the complete research package content
    • managing strategies with regards to rankings and ratings
    • discovering benchmarks
    • examining the research strategies of competitors
    • operationalising the doctoral research programme
    • questioning the editors of academic journals
    • managing academic under performance
    • identifying responsible research
    • investing in professionalism and integrity

Academic Programme Director: Peter McKiernan, Professor of Management, University of Strathclyde, UK


The programme takes place during two three-day modules over a period of 4 months. Attendance is required at all two modules

The modules will take place on 2-5 October 2017 and 5-7 December 2017 in Brussels Belgium.

They include plenary sessions and interactive workshops during which participants have the opportunity to share experiences and good practices with their peers.

A major feature of the programme is the structured group work for participants to work on the design of a new research strategy for a case institution. Participants also get the opportunity to visit a school and have conversation with their leaders on research policy.

Practical Information

Early bird rate (until 17 July 2017):

  • 4.235€ (3.500€ +21% VAT) EFMD/EURAM members
  • 4.840€ (4.000€ +21% VAT) Non-members

Normal fee (as of 18 July 2017):

  • 4.840€ (4.000€ +21% VAT) EFMD/EURAM members
  • 5.445€ (4.500€ +21% VAT) Non-members

All two modules will be held at the EFMD premises in Brussels, Belgium. Attendance is required at all two modules.

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Pascale Bueno Merino, research director, EM Normandie, Alumni Cycle 6.
"This programme is very interesting and very rich. It allows an in-depth analysis of the international context in which business schools evolve (accreditations, European funding programmes, etc.) and the resulting managerial challenges for Deans of Research. It also facilitates the meeting of prestigious speakers and the extension of an international network of counterparts."

Mark Smith, Dean of Doctoral School, Grenoble Ecole de Management, Alumni Cycle 5
“The Research Leadership Programme was a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to develop and implement a research strategy in a business school context. The chance to network and share ideas with colleagues facing similar challenges was rich and very useful and something that has helped us at Grenoble Ecole de Management refine the coherence of our strategy for research and that for the school overall.”

Alistair Bruce, Nottingham University Business School, Alumni Cycle 1
“The Research Leadership programme offered a great opportunity to share insights and perspectives with colleagues from across Europe. I was struck by the diversity of contexts in which we operate but also the similarity of challenges we face in our roles as research directors. The programme was greatly enriched by stimulating inputs from prominent figures in the European management research community.”