Research Leadership Programme


Hosted by:
Nova School of Business and Economics

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Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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A partnership between EFMD and EURAM (European Academy of Management)


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.

With research coming under increasing scrutiny by Governments, business and the public sector, this is a pivotal time for change and action.

What are the forces driving this change? Why are stakeholder expectations changing? What will the future landscape look like? How are School’s responding in their ambition to disseminate knowledge? How does your School research strategy compare with best practice in Europe and elsewhere? What do you need to do to incorporate the responsibility turn into your research policies?

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 aims to prepare Business School research directors, managers and administrators for the complex and rapid changes impacting upon the higher education sector. This inspirational programme will help those responsible for research strategy, policy and direction to break new ground, build new and stronger networks and ready themselves and their Schools for the new era ahead.

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

  • alerts on new trends and challenges that impact on the future of management research;
  • supports in formulating and implementing research strategy, addressing the right questions, engaging with global partners internationally;
  • explores the management process of both successful and underperforming researchers;
  • informs on major changes in research funding and measurement and 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.


The overall theme of the programme is Managing the Research Process in the 21st Century, structured around the following sub-themes:

  • Theme 1: Learning from Each Other
  • Theme 2: The Future of Management Research in Europe
  • Theme 3: Learning from the Competition
  • Theme 4: Managing the Research Proces

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


This highly intensive programme takes place over 4 days and includes 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

7 – 11 April 2019

Early bird rate until 13 January 2019 (included)

  • 3.259,5€ (2.650€ +23%VAT) EFMD/EURAM members
  • 3.628,5€ (2.950€ +23%VAT) Non-members Non-members

Normal fee as from 14 January 2019

  • 3.628,5€ (2.950 +23%VAT) EFMD/EURAM members EFMD/EURAM members
  • 3.997,5€ (3.250 +23%VAT) Non-members

Multiple attendance from a single School attracts a discount from the second registration onwards.

The programme will be held at Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Applications for 2019 will open in November
If you are interested in the 2018 Research Leadership Programme and would like more information, please visit the dedicated webpage.

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 Faculty, 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.”