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2017 NIBS Annual Conference

2017 NIBS Annual Conference

Welcome to the 2017 NIBS Annual Conference

“Business Schools – Fit for the Future?"

With the commercial, financial and political landscape undergoing major changes across the world, how well-prepared are business schools for the global future? How should internationally-minded business schools position themselves to provide the best service to their local economies and to tomorrow’s students?

The 2017 NIBS Annual Conference will be hosted by Leeds Business School, part of Leeds Beckett University, from 17 to 19 May. The conference will bring NIBS members and guests together in the beautiful city of Leeds to share experience, knowledge and good practice on the broad theme of the future of business schools and business teaching.

The three days of the conference promise to be a stimulating, inspiring and productive event for all attendees. We look forward to welcoming you to our University and our city.

What will be on

The conference will offer lectures from respected keynote speakers, discussion groups, a poster presentation session and an outside visit, as well as plenty of space for networking with old and new friends and the traditional gala dinner.

A draft schedule is below. Please note details may be subject to change nearer the date.

Our Guest Speakers

Prof Balázs Heidrich is Rector of Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences, and was instrumental in BBS achieving full university status in 2016. His research interests include cross-cultural management, organizational culture, University management and leadership. He is also a consultant and trainer in the field of organizational development, and has provided these services to a range of Hungarian and multinational companies for two decades.

Prof Ralph Tench is Professor of Communication at Leeds Beckett University and president of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA). He is also a lead researcher on the European Communication Monitor (ECM) project, a longitudinal transnational study of 3000 communications practitioners across 46 countries which is now in its eleventh year.

Anticipated schedule


  • Keynote from Prof Balázs Heidrich, Rector of Budapest Business School
  • Themed panel sessions and discussion
  • Open poster plenary session
  • David Gillingham Award voting
  • Conference dinner


  • Keynote from Prof Ralph Tench, Professor of Communication at Leeds Business School
  • Open Space participant-driven discussion and networking sessions
  • Business Plan Competition presentations and judging
  • Gala dinner and David Gillingham Award ceremony


  • NIBS AGM and open announcements
  • NIBS Service overview: Accreditation, competitions and NIBS 2020
  • Tour of the North Brewing Co. microbrewery – a Leeds small business success story and partner of our enterprise unit, plus alternative tour to be confirmed

Further Information

Plus Icon Call for Contributions

The conference this year will provide an opportunity to reflect on what is takes to make Business Schools Fit for the Future as a central player in regional economies. It is organised to provide space for participants to propose topics, highlight good practice and stimulate discussion and dialogue within conference tracks related to Business School research, pedagogy and enterprise.

We are particularly interested in contributions that consider how Business Schools shape and respond to the following:

  • External shocks (political, economic, social) and the 4th Industrial Revolution 
  • The current and future demands of professions and the world of work
  • Strategic communications, the management of risk and dealing with complexity 
  • The role of business schools in regional economies 
  • The future of business learning and teaching and pedagogical innovation

The organisers welcome academic and practitioner contributions that explore issues related to the conference theme or provide illustrations of current good practice.

We welcome three types of contribution:

  1. Themes for parallel breakout sessions that provide space to discuss issues related to the conference theme. Each session will be based on a 10-15 minute introduction to the key issue and 45-50 minutes of facilitated discussion
  2. Examples of innovation and good practice. Each session will have two-three examples presented and discussed in a 60 minute session
  3. Posters. These will be displayed in a shared space and presented during a plenary poster session

All proposals/contributions should include:

  • The name, position and contact details of the author/contributors
  • The title of the contribution
  • The type of contribution proposed: breakout session, poster, or good practice
  • For discussion topics or examples of innovation/good practice:
    • Two or three questions to stimulate discussion
    • Information on how the audience will be involved 
    • The target audience and main objectives/learning outcomes
    • The expected duration of the contribution
    • Information on any specific practical requirements, such as, but not limited to, audio-visual, room layout
  • For posters:
    • A copy of the poster in PDF format, with no text smaller than 12pt when printed at A1

Contributions should be submitted by 31st March 2017 by email to the conference admin, Myfanwy Reynolds,

Questions? If you have any questions about the call for submissions, please contact us at the email address above.

Plus Icon About Leeds and Leeds Beckett University

Leeds is a sprawling and diverse city, and a vibrant and cosmopolitan tourist destination for visitors from across the world. Our City Campus is nestled in the heart of the city, a short walk from the main shopping district and a plethora of options for eating and entertainment including several cinemas, Leeds City Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, and the Henry Moore Institute, dedicated to sculpture. Slightly further away are the Grand Theatre – home of Opera North – the City Varieties music hall, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and the Northern Ballet Theatre, as well as the world-famous Royal Armouries museum.

Leeds is the fastest-growing city in the UK and has thriving financial/business and digital/creative sectors, with the largest financial sector outside London and a fast-growing digital job market where demand is on track to soon outstrip supply. The bid to be named as European Capital of Culture for 2023 reflects the city’s ambition to be recognised as a cultural and creative centre at an international level.

Leeds Beckett University traces its heritage back to the Leeds Mechanics Institute, founded in 1824 to provide technical education for working people. Today we continue in that tradition, preparing more than 29,000 students for a wide range of high-level occupations.

Leeds Beckett contributes an estimated £520m annually to the economy and employs just over 3,200 people; our employment and procurement practices have impact across Leeds and beyond. We aim to use our influence meaningfully and responsibly to encourage good practice, promote healthy working environments and ultimately produce good-quality jobs internally, throughout our supply chain and across the region as a whole.

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