AMLE "Impact" Event, UK

London , United Kingdom

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The event will showcase pathways through which researcher engagement with wider stakeholders can improve practice at work or in management education. Register by 29 November.

In-person workshop hosted and sponsored by Bayes Business School, City University of London

Tackling Challenging Management (Education) Problems Through Research

Bayes Business School
106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

8 December 2023
9:00-15:30 (UTC/GMT)


AMLE is at the forefront of “impact” debates in management research and education, just as AMLE authors often engage with stakeholders to make a difference to managerial/pedagogical practice through their work.

Who is the Audience?

The event will be of interest to deans of business schools, academics, practitioners, and journalists with a broader interest in the field of management learning and education and its connections with practice.

Why attend?

The event will showcase pathways through which researcher engagement with wider stakeholders can improve practice at work or in management education. At the same time, the event provides a forum in which academics can learn from practitioners about current challenges at work (and where perhaps academics can offer solutions).


The event includes keynote speeches by Andrew Hill (senior business writer at the Financial Times and consulting editor, FT Live) and Elizabeth Heichler (editorial director at MIT Sloan Management Review). Four AMLE authors will share their experiences concerning engagement efforts with practice before and/or following the publication of their articles. Finally, Professor André Spicer will contribute a “Dean’s” perspective on impact to the event.

Speakers and Participants

Keynote speakers

Andrew Hill is senior business writer at the Financial Times (FT) and consulting editor, FT Live. He is a former management editor and columnist, City editor, financial editor, and comment and analysis editor. He is the author of Leadership in the Headlines (2016), a collection of his columns, and Ruskinland (2019), about the enduring influence of Victorian thinker John Ruskin. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as New York bureau chief, foreign news editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. Andrew was named Business Commentator of the Year at the 2016 Comment Awards and Commentator of the Year at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received a Decade of Excellence award.

Elizabeth Heichler is editorial director at MIT Sloan Management Review, where she acquires and edits full-length research features, and curates all material for the print magazine. Prior to joining MITSMR, Elizabeth spent three decades as a journalist covering information and communication technologies.



Garima Sharma is an assistant professor at Kogod School of Business, American University. Her research focuses on sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and related tensions of purpose and profits. She is also interested in understanding how research impacts practice, and the topics of rigor–relevance and knowledge cocreation. 


April Wright is a professor of organisation studies at the Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick and a national award-winning university educator in Australia. Her research explores how institutions are maintained, changed, and disrupted, with a particular focus on professions and professional work in diverse contexts including health care and management education.


Laura Colombo is a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter Business School. Her research focuses on issues of scaling in relation to social and cooperative enterprises and alternative food networks. Her teaching practice is inspired by critical pedagogies and developed around civic management education.


Amal Ahmadi is a lecturer and program director at Henley Business School, University of Reading. She worked in the financial services industry prior to pursuing her doctorate and academic career. Her research focuses on leadership, leadership development, and workplace emotions.

The Dean’s perspective

Professor André Spicer is the executive dean of Bayes Business School. He is also professor of organisational behavior. He is an expert in the areas of organisational behavior, leadership, and corporate social responsibility.

Discussion Facilitators

Manuel Ramirez (ULMS)
Lisa Anderson (ULMS)
Tim Edwards (Cardiff Business School)
Amanda Goodall (Bayes Business School)
Christine Moser (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


9:30-10:00      Arrival and coffee
10:00-10:30    Welcome and Introduction to event – Dirk Lindebaum (Editor-in-Chief AMLE)
10:30-11:00    Keynote: Andrew HillHow Management Ideas Spread: The Journalist’s View
11:00-12:00    Roundtable Discussions I – Making a difference through AMLE research

  1. Garima Sharma reflects on How Researchers and Managers Can Address Problems Together. Discussant: Manuel Ramirez
  2. April Wright reflects on How Material Objects Shape Student Team Learning Processes. Discussant: Lisa Anderson

12:00-13:00    Lunch
13:00-13:30    Keynote: Elizabeth Heichler - What Makes an Article Published in an Academic Journal Interesting to                                       Managers?
13:30-14:30   Roundtable Discussions II – Making a difference through AMLE Research

  1. Laura Colombo discusses how to Civilise the Business School for More Civic Management Education. Discussant: Tim Edwards
  2. Amal Ahmadi discusses Navigating the Leadership Knowing-Doing Gap in Leveraging Leadership Development. Discussant: Amanda Goodall

14:30-15:00   André Spicer: A dean’s perspective on impact
15:00-15:30   Reflections and what’s next (for you)? – Q & A (Facilitated by Dirk Lindebaum)


Registration for this event is open until 29 November 2023, and can be completed here. Registration is free of charge, as Bayes Business School generously sponsors this event. Limited availability of spaces applies, so early registration is recommended. A waiting list will be compiled so that any cancellation creates opportunities for others to join the event.

Note: AMLE editors and authors will be available after the event for informal conversations and questions. The event will be video-recorded, and the plan is to publish parts of the event (e.g., keynote speeches) online following the event.

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