Ex-Dean made Companion of Association of Business Schools

The Association of Business Schools is delighted to announce the award of the title of ABS Companion to:
  • Professor John Saunders, former Dean, Aston Business School, and;
  • Professor Anthony Hopwood, former Dean, Saïd Business School
ABS - Prof John Saunders and Prof Howard Thomas
Companionship recognises their significant contribution to:

The leadership of one or more UK Business Schools; successful promotion of business and management education, development and research at national and international levels; policy development at regional, national and international levels which has made a positive difference to the UK Business School sector; and/or outstanding and innovative achievements which have demonstrated distinction and high quality.

Professor Howard Thomas, Dean of Warwick Business School and Chair of the ABS is delighted to be able to recognise the Companions’ achievements and said:

“For the current member business schools and the Executive of ABS, the new and existing Companions represent an impressive pool of experience upon which we can draw.  I congratulate them each on their award.  The Companionship of the ABS is also a formal recognition and celebration of their achievements and contributions to the world of business and management education.”                                                                                                       

Anthony Hopwood
Professor Anthony Hopwood said:
‘I am delighted and honoured to accept the title of Companion of the Association of Business Schools. Over many years, whether as a researcher, a teacher or when Dean of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, I have been concerned to contribute to shaping and influencing business thinking nationally and internationally among practitioners, policy-makers and fellow academics. I am grateful for the formal recognition of these efforts from my peers within management education.’

Professor John Saunders said:
“It is indeed a great honour to be offered the Companionship of the ABS. There are several reasons why this honour is so delightful,  it comes from a body that I very much admire that has done so much to champion management education in the UK.  It also is unsought after recognition from my peers - people who I admire so much.

My aim as a professor, researcher and dean was to do the best I could and achieve the high standards of the best in the field.  I have been lucky in all things to have so many people who have helped me and who I could learn from. Hopefully, there is still a little that I can contribute.”

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