British Academy of Management’s (BAM) largest conference to date kicked off on Newcastle University on Tuesday 6 September. The event is expected to pump an estimated £1.2m into the local economy.
The three-day conference has a packed programme with experts from around the world speaking at the event. A panel of industry leaders, Peter Cheese, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Ann Francke, CEO of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Professor Sir Cary Cooper, president of the British Academy of Management, will launch the conference during the Opening Plenary – chaired by Professor Nic Beech, chair of the British Academy of Management.
Monika Narvydaite, academy manager at British Academy of Management, said: “We have record a number of people confirmed to attend – 900 in total.”
“This will be the first time BAM Annual Conference will be held in NewcastleGateshead – the help, advice and support supplied by Newcastle University and NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau made bringing our conference to the city an easy decision to make.”
During the three-day event over 700 papers will be presented, in addition to 22 professional development workshops and industry experts from as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Canada and Australia, speaking at the event.
This year’s topic, ‘Thriving in Turbulent Times’, looks at the challenges contemporary organisations face. The conference will examine discussions taking place in management and organisation studies regarding how best to cope with and respond to large, unresolved societal problems.
Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Newcastle University is a great fit for this year’s conference as their research into the three societal challenges – ageing, sustainability and social renewal, looks at how individuals and communities can thrive in times of transformational change, complimenting BAM’s 2016 topic.
“We look forward to welcoming BAM’s organisers and delegates into our city.”
Professor Savvas Papagiannidis, David Goldman professor of innovation & enterprise at Newcastle University and conference co-chair, said: “The issues affecting companies today do not have a simple solution because they are influenced by many dynamic, complex and interconnected social, political, economic and technological factors,”
“Businesses need to know how best to cope with and respond to these large, unresolved societal problems and still thrive the turbulent times we live in.”
“Newcastle University is the ideal host for a debate on the role that academic research could play, not just in making sense of the challenges, but also in terms of informing future practice.”
BAM is the leading authority in the academic field of management in the UK, supporting and representing a community of scholars and engaging with international peers. Its annual conference attracts leading researchers from over 50 countries.