Research Leadership Development Online Seminar Series: Building Professional Research Connections and Developing your Research Leadership Brand (For Research Leaders)

Date(s) - 29/05/2024 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Research Leadership Development Online Series: Building Professional Research Connections and Developing your Research Leadership Brand

Wednesday 29th May at 11.00-12.30 GMT

Online via Zoom

The workshop will focus on the power of cultivating meaningful research connections and varied strategies in building a strong leadership brand. It will feature talks delivered by accomplished researchers, offering inspiration and practical strategies on navigating the complexities of academia. Expect an interactive session, starting with contributions from leading scholars, followed by group discussions on the following questions.

  1. In what ways do you currently communicate your research vision and expertise?
  2. How would you articulate your research identity in a concise and compelling manner to engage both academic and non-academic audiences?
  3. What are the challenges in developing and maintaining professional connections within your research networks?
  4. What lessons or inspirations did you draw from the case studies and success stories shared during the workshop? How might you apply these insights to your own career trajectory?

Short Bios of Speakers

Anne-Wil Harzing (Middlesex): Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. Her role at Middlesex University focuses on developing MDX research culture and capabilities through a wide range of individual, departmental, School and Faculty-wide initiatives as well as University-wide advice on international research rankings and MDX reputation management. Anne-Wil is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and founder of Cygna, the network for female academics that was set up in 2014. She also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.

Christian Harrison (Bolton): Christian Harrison is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise at the University of Bolton. He is also the Director of the Centre for Leadership and Empowerment in Greater Manchester Business School and lead of the Research Excellence Framework for Business and Management. He provides regular expert media commentary on Scottish Television News (STV), Scotland Tonight, the Herald, the Conversation, Sunday Post, and the Guardian Nigeria. He is also an active member of several learned organisations including Chair of the Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management, Chair of the Academy for African Studies, Fellow of the Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management.

Finola Kerrigan (Birmingham): Finola Kerrigan is Professor of Marketing at University of Birmingham. She is also Deputy Dean of Birmingham Business School. Drawing on a range of qualitative and creative research methods, Finola has researched subjects on branding, digital identity, ethics and the incorporation of new technologies into marketing practice and how this impacts consumers.  Finola is co-editor of the journal Marketing Theory and Secretary of the Academy of Marketing. She was a member of the Academy of Marketing Research Committee.  She was the President of the International Society of Markets and Development (ISMD) and continues to be a board member of ISMD.  She is deputy chair of the Academy of Marketing Special Interest Group of the Academy of Marketing. Finola is on the Board of Directors of the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company.

Mick Zundel (Liverpool): Mike Zundel is Professor in Organization Studies at University of Liverpool. He held a number of leadership positions at University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS), including Associate Dean for Research (2015-2019), Associate Dean Faculty (2019-2021) and interim Head of Department (2020-2021). His present and past editorial positions include: Board member, Academy of Management Review, 2017-ongoing (Developmental Reviewer Awards in 2020 and 2021 and Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2023); editorial board member, 2013-ongoing, and senior editor, Organization Studies, 2014-2021; board member Management and Organizational History, 2022-ongoing; board member Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2017-2020 (Best Reviewer award in 2020); consulting editor IJMR, 2014-2018 (Best Reviewer award in 2013).

We hope that you can join us on the 29th May and please register here:

About the Consortium

The aim of the Research Leadership Development Consortium is to organise development events that strengthen and support research leadership in the social sciences. Leadership development activities are designed to support social science researchers in an increasingly interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral and fast-changing landscape. Our objective is to explore enablers and opportunities for professional connectivity, impactful networking, quality research co-production, mentorship and capacity building.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is responsible for (or will be in the near future) leading research centres, teams or projects.

Benefits of Attending

Hear from a panel of senior academics with a vast amount of experience in managing and leading research groups, teams and projects. Share best practice and ideas in a supportive and non-judgemental space. Although seminars are organised with a panel, they are designed to be engaging and interactive and not ‘lectures’. We welcome your feedback as this helps us to improve our programme going forward.

***SEMINAR SCHEDULE (Some dates to be confirmed)***

Date: 29th May 2024

Title: Building Professional Research Connections and Developing your ‘Research Leadership Brand’

Date: 10th July 2024

Title: Providing Research Leadership for Transformative Change

Date: September 2024

Title: Developing and Leading an Inclusive and Supportive Research Culture

Date: November 2024

Title: Interdisciplinary Research Leadership

Date: January 2025

Title: Becoming a Global Research Leader

Date: March 2025

Title: Impact and Engagement in Research Leadership

Date: May 2025

Title: Reflectivity and Resilience in Research Leadership