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No 6181

Wednesday 3 March 2010

Vol cxl No 22

pp. 629–636


Report of the General Board on the establishment of a Professorship of Management Studies

The General Board beg leave to report to the University as follows:

1. In their Report, dated 13 April 2005, on the establishment of a Professorship of Management Studies (Reporter, 2004–05, p. 631) the General Board recommended the approval of a procedure for the establishment of a single-tenure Professorship in association with the Directorship of the Judge Institute of Management (subsequently renamed Judge Business School). Following the approval of a second Report to the University (Reporter, 2005–06, p. 333) Professor A. De Meyer took up the appointment on 1 September 2006. The Professorship will lapse on the resignation of Professor De Meyer on 31 August 2010.

2. During Professor De Meyer’s tenure, Judge Business School has grown substantially and now comprises 60 academic posts and 128 other staff. The student body includes 160 M.B.A. students, 25 M.Fin. students, 46 Executive M.B.A. students, over 200 M.Phil. and Ph.D. students, as well as 70 undergraduate students. In addition Executive Education has been the fastest growing activity in the Business School, its revenues having increased from £1.5m to £8.5m in the space of a few years.

3. The Director’s role is particularly challenging. As well as the statutory duties of a Head of Department, of providing academic leadership and managing research and teaching programmes, the Director is responsible for ensuring the continued success of the School’s professional programmes in a highly competitive market in which the leading institutions are assessed and ranked every year by the world’s business and financial press. Performance is highly visible and reflects on the University at large. Also, central to the role of Director is leading efforts to raise external funds to underpin the facilities and staffing which are expected of a modern business school.

4. These externally facing activities sit alongside programmes of research and teaching which meet the University’s high academic standards. Accordingly, it is essential that, as well as the managerial and diplomatic skills required for trading and fund-raising activities, the Director should have the academic credentials and experience necessary to lead a major research effort, foster undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and develop the Business School’s strong research and teaching links with other Faculties and Departments in the University. The Faculty Board have therefore recommended that the Directorship should again be held concurrently with a Professorship. The Faculty Board propose that the Professorship should be open to candidates in any discipline within Management Studies. The Professor would be appointed to the Directorship for an initial term of six years, renewable for a further period of four years.

5. The cost of the office would be met from within the resources of the Business School, either from new revenues or by compensating savings in recurrent expenditure. Suitable accommodation and admini­strative and secretarial support are available in the Business School’s building. The Council of the School of Technology lend their full support to this proposal.

6. The General Board have agreed that it would be appropriate for them to make the appointment, on the advice of an appropriately constituted Advisory Committee, who would be supported by an Executive Search Company. At the conclusion of the process the Board would report again to the University recommending the establishment of a Professorship for a named person, who would also be required by regulation to hold the Directorship for a period of six years in the first instance.

7. The General Board recommend:

That approval be given to the procedure set out in this Report for the establishment of a Professorship of Management Studies in Judge Business School, to be held concurrently with the Directorship of the Business School.

24 February 2010

Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor

Simon Franklin

J. Rallison

N. Bampos

Andrew Gamble

Jeremy Sanders

William Brown

C. A. Gilligan

J. G. P. Sissons

H. A. Chase

David Good

Sam Wakeford

Philip Ford

Rachael Padman

Yang Xia