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Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Nottingham academic

Friday, 28 August 2020

Professor Ken Starkey has been awarded the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award, from the British Academy of Management (BAM) at this year’s BAM2020 Conference.

Professor of Management and Organisational Learning, in the Nottingham University Business School, Ken was awarded for his internationally leading research within his field and his significant contribution to BAM and the wider Business and Management Community.

Announcing the award, BAM said Ken’s involvement in the rigour-relevance debate, on the nature and importance of business schools, and his major body of substantive work spanning organisational learning, business ethics and leadership, have made an invaluable contribution to theory and practice.

The award was established in the memory of Professor Richard Whipp to acknowledge his considerable contribution to developing the Academy. Usually the award is presented by Ann Whipp, Richard’s widow. However, this year the award ceremony, ‘BAM2020 Conference in the Cloud,’ was held online on the 2nd September, due to the pandemic. 

“It’s a great honour to have one's contribution recognised by your peers and to follow in the steps of the others who have received this award. I should also acknowledge the contribution of colleagues I have worked with over the years and how lucky I have been to have spent the majority of my career at the University of Nottingham and in a business school that has been so supportive of my research.”
Professor Ken Starkey

BAM is the leading authority on the academic field of management in the UK, supporting and representing the community of scholars and engaging with international peers.

“I am delighted that Ken’s tremendous contribution to management research has been recognised in this way. He is the Business School’s most cited scholar and a great ambassador for the quality of the school’s research.”
Professor Duncan Angwin, Dean of Nottingham University Business School

He added: “Ken’s sustained and substantial contribution to management research is highly influential amongst academics, practitioners and policy makers, and, to pick from amongst his many contributions, his insights on the rigour-relevance debate as well as the nature and importance of business schools, will certainly remain important for many years to come.”

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