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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

MSM's reputation for the highest quality research has been recognised by academic, policy-making and industrial communities at national and international level. The evidence is structured to these different constituencies or audiences, and levels.

Recognition by the national and international academic community

International recognition of the academic contribution and standing of MSM staff has grown significantly over the past five years. Individual recognition honours include the appointment of MSM professors to visiting overseas professorships at Alberta, Almeria, Auckland, Delft, Grenoble, Innsbruck, Kristianstad, Lund, Nijmegen, Rotterdam; the award of the prestigious Distinguished Service Award for contributions to management sciences by the American Academy of Management and of two honorary degrees; the election by the International Academy for Quality to academician, the first British academic to be so elected; and the appointment as a Fellow of the George Washington University International Institute for Corporate Governance and Accountability.

Staff have given keynote and plenary presentations at major international academic association conferences including the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, the International Academy of Business Disciplines, the Australian Psychological Society, a joint symposium in Atlanta of the American Psychological Society and the European Association for Work and Organisational Psychology, the International Institute of Social History conference in Ghent, the annual conference of Netherlands Institute of Marketing; the German Finance Association; the European Financial Management Association; at prestigious international seminars and conferences including the opening of a technology management research centre in Copenhagen; a 10th anniversary conference of the founding of University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; an international seminar on women's rights at Fudan University, Shanghai; international research conferences on industrial relations in Milan and the Sorbonne; an international women in leadership conference Massey University New Zealand; conference on going public to the stock exchange at Humboldt University Berlin and Conference on Corporate Governance at University of Tilburg; and a German university rectors' conference on quality in education. Invitations were also received to present the seventh annual John Lovett Memorial lecture, Limerick, to present research on reform in China to universities in Hong Kong, to deliver a public lecture at the University of Malta and to make a presentation in a MIT seminar series. A joint MIT/CRIC seminar has been held at MIT.

In the UK, notable invitations for keynote and plenary presentations include the first international conference on teamworking in Nottingham, the international environmental management workshop in Manchester, engineering management partnership conference, Loughborough University, the industrial law society, the British Psychological Society, and a British Journal of Industrial Relations conference on the future of industrial relations.

MSM staff have made 200 research visits to overseas universities. They have participated in over 220 overseas conferences, during which 120 papers were presented. Staff have been responsible for organising over 64 international conferences, 55 domestic conferences and workshops and have hosted some 90 overseas scholars. Over the period staff have acted as editors for 11 journals: Employee Relations, Gender, Work & Organisation, the International Journal of Management Reviews, the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, the International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, International Review of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Leadership and Organisation Development, Stress Medicine, the Sociological Review, and Women in Management Review as well as acting as associate journal editors on 22 journals. Staff are members of 86 academic journal editorial boards; one member of staff has edited the 12 volume Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management, and 3 are book series editors. Staff have published papers which have won `best paper' awards at conferences (e.g. First World Conference on Production and Operations Management) or other distinguished prizes, including an award from Academy of Marketing Science, (the only one made so far to a British academic), the Journal of European Marketing Prize, and the International Journal of Advertising Prize. Members of staff have been visiting scholars/researchers at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, the Copenhagen Business School, and at the Centre for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State College (Alex F Oxborn Visiting Professor). One member of staff has participated in Aspen Global Change Institute Summer Programme.
Recognition by government and public bodies

Staff have been engaged with advice and policy-making from the international to the regional. International engagements include: OECD (acting as consultants and delivering keynote speech), EU (consultants and keynote speeches at EU Commission and Presidency events), the Austrian government (invited lecture hosted by two ministers); EC Patinnova conference, Vienna (keynote speech on patents); the Danish Ministry for Industry (keynote speech on commercial impact of design); the World Trade Organisation, Helsinki (keynote talk on the single currency); the ILO (consultant to transition team for new director, and participation in programme work); the Chinese Ministry for Science and Technology, Beijing (British Council visit); the Great-Britain China Centre (invitation to Fudan); the UN (lecture series to Chinese industrialists). One member of staff acts as co-ordinator of the EU's Gender and employment Expert Group and was invited to make an address to an Informal Council of Ministers of Labour and Equal Opportunities during the Austrian Presidency of the EU.

Involvement in national level advice and policy making has included providing advice to science ministers and to the Women's Unit in the Cabinet Office; feeding research directly into the Competition Commission, into DTI policy documents on innovation, into an ESRC/DTI seminar in `SET 99 week', into the Director General of Research Councils' involvement in the comprehensive spending review, and into DTI's review of TUPE Regulations. MSM research on climate change has been presented to 400 environmental decision-makers. Research on educating the public in financial services on the content, communication, and context of educational information for consumers of financial services brought together individuals and bodies involved in money advice and related education. Staff have been invited to give written and oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Employment with respect to part-time work, to the Select Committee on Science and Technology on the use of scientific advice by government, to give written evidence to the Low Pay Commission, to advise the House of Lords Select Committee on EU law and to provide both oral evidence and a research review for the EOC Equal Pay Task Force. Keynote speeches have been given at an employment tribunal chairmen and members' conference, an ISOH safety, health and environmental law conference and the ACAS 25 years conference. Research has been undertaken for OFWAT, other utility regulators and for the Design Council. Regional and local policy involvement has included studies of the impact of managing climate change in the English regions (including presentations to the NorthWest Development Agency and East Midlands Sustainable Development Roundtable) and involvement with the North West NHS Executive on issues of bed-management and emergency admissions. Staff have acted as advisors to schools on PFI projects and as statistical advisors to Nuffield and MRC funded national studies and are currently involved in the drafting of a new British Standard on Knowledge Management. One member of staff received a national honour (CBE) for services to industrial relations.

Significant personal appointments during the period include: President of the British Academy of Management; member of the Board of Governors of the (American) Academy of Management; Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences; Chair of the RAE panel for business and management; President of the International Society for Investigation of Stress (ISIS); President of the Institute of Welfare Officers: President of the International Stress Management Association (UK); Vice President of the British Association of Counseling; Companion of the Institute of Management; member of ESRC and ACAS councils; member of ESRC research grants board; chair of ESRC Training Board; member of management committee EPSRC; technical expert and advisor to EPSRC; EPSRC peer review college member; members of manufacturing and retail and consumer services foresight initiative panels; member of BPS Occupational Psychology Training committee; Deputy Chair Central Arbitration Committee; chair of employment tribunal; Justice of the Peace; ACAS arbitrator; independent advisor to the Cabinet Office; member of reference panel for National Audit Office emergency admissions and bed management study; member of Medical Research Ethics Committee; member of DfEE Management Skills Steering Group; member of International Scientific Advisory Committee, International Human Dimensions of Global Change Programme; steering committee member European Applied Econometrics Society; member of BUIRA executive; council member/president Manchester Industrial Relations Society; member of BAM council; member of external scientific advisory panel, Lancaster; Social Security Appeal Tribunal member; secretary of the North West Operational Research Group; and member of project steering committees for DfEE and Joseph Rowntree Trust.

Recognition by industry, unions and professional societies

Recognition by industry is evidenced first of all in the high level of sponsorship of MSM research activities, including four major industrial forums covering technology management, consumer behaviour, retailing and environmental supply chain management. These forums enable MSM to combine the pursuit of leading edge management research with direct participation in and access to the problems and issues faced by industry. In addition the School has received sponsorship from industry amounting to over £1m which has been used for key investment posts in fields ranging from international business, and corporate communications to occupational psychology. The School has continued to build up its Teaching Company Scheme programme portfolio with 14 new contracts worth £1.3m. MSM has had two of the five pilot TCS Programmes with the NHS, prior to these being rolled out on a national basis. MSM has entered into a major partnership arrangement with PricewaterhouseCoopers to deliver high quality training to NHS executives. This will be used also as a vehicle to develop MSM's research into the NHS which played a major part in the successful competitive bid. Further evidence of successful combination of research excellence and user relevance comes from the Engineering Doctorate programme to which the School, and particularly Total Technology, make a major contribution. This programme was a major contributor to UMIST's successful application for a Queen's Prize for Higher Education and the programme has become the first to be accredited MPDS for I.Mech.E. Senior staff have conducted substantial individual consultancy assignments for a variety of major organisations, including Delta Electrical, IBM, Metropolitan Police, NSK-RHP, Pilkington, Rexam, Smith and Nephew, and United Utilities. Keynote address invitations accepted by members of the School, include inter alia the PwC HR directors' forum; Pilkington technology management conference; the North West Tourist Board; Northwest Region NHS executive conferences. Posts held by staff include directorships of the Trafford Park Business Forum and retained consultant at board level to a number of major R&D-intensive companies. International engagements with industry include lectures to senior industrialists in China (two members of staff), work with the Utah Tourist Council and acting as a quality advisor to organisations in South Africa and Hong Kong. Staff have also received prestigious invitations from trade unions at national and international level; these include keynote addresses to the 50th anniversary of International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, to the Royal College of Nursing; and to ETUI, FAFO (Norwegian trade union research institute) and TUC conferences. One member of staff has secured a further five years of funding to work with the ETUI on developing its European wide research programme.

Staff have also been engaged - in making presentations or as consultants - for a wide range of professional societies, including the Chartered Institute of Marketing, CIMA, CIPD, Association of University Administrators; British Association of Communicators in Business; the Institute of Management; quality conventions in China, Greece, Hong Kong, Jordan, and South Africa; National Association for Staff Support in NHS; Centre for International Briefing, Farnham; Association of Graduate Careers Officers; ACAS seminars for HR professionals; Royal Society of Medicine; Institute of Occupational Health and Safety; the Royal College of Psychiatrists; Leatherhead Food Research Association; Academy of the Learned Societies of Social Sciences; Design Council. Personal posts include chief examiner for CIPD; member of academic senate; Chartered Institute of Marketing; and Chair of the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee.

Users of this website should note that the information is not intended to be a complete record of all research centres in the UK

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Last updated 17 October 2003

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