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News and Events

CICR members have been very successful in being part of teams that are winning research grants to the value of £172, 880:
  • Drs. Judy Scully and Jo Lyubovnikova (together with Professor Pawan Budhwar) have been awarded £86,440 for a KEEN Project to develop assessment tools to demonstrate the financial and social impact of My Time CIC services. The same team has won the same amount for a similar project from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
  • In addition, Drs. Judy Scully and Imelda McCarthy (led by Professor Robin Martin and together with The Centre for Executive Development) have been awarded a contract to undertake funded research and consultancy into the long-term impact of Leadership Development Programmes across the NW region of the NHS.
CICR members are also bidding for more research grants to the value of £969,276:
  • Dr. Jo Lyubovnikova (together with a cross school and cross institutional research team consisting of Claudia Sacramento and Patrick Tissington (ABS), Dr Carl Senior (LHS) and Professor Michael West of the University of Lancaster) has submitted a three year ESRC grant (£490K) to examine the social processes involved in virtual team work.
  • Dr. Michael Butler (partnering with Birmingham City Council and Three Lions Underwriting Limited) has submitted a two year ERDF grant (£479,276) to stimulate growth within SMEs across the West Midlands through the ‘Transformation for Growth’ Project.
CICR members have been in the news:
  • Drs. John Blewitt and Michael Butler are involved in a major event on 19 June – “Who cares wins: corporate social responsibility in the West Midlands”. It is co-run with the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) and the Institute of Directors (IoD). For more information visit:  http://www1.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/events/csr-in-the-west-midlands/
  • Drs. John Blewitt and Michael Butler were part of a fact-finding visit to Birmingham and the West Midlands by Dublin City Libraries to share new and innovative practice in library services and management.
  • Dr. John Blewitt (ABS) has been appointed external examiner for the BSc Sustainable Development at St Andrews University and for the T863 Masters in Environmental Decision Making at the Open University.
  • Dr. Michael Butler attended the AMBA DBA Consortium for International DBA Directors. He is leading the identification of outstanding international practice and showcasing examples of how business schools achieved that practice to share innovation.
Two of our team have won have won a new type of research funding to support business growth.

Drs. Judy Scully and Joanne Lyubovnikova (together with Professor Pawan Budhwar) have won KEEN funding. The Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN) is a new business improvement programme, part-funded by the ERDF, designed to help West Midlands based SMEs increase their profitability and achieve growth through working with a regional University.

One of our research projects has been nationally recognised.


Dr. Michael JR Butler worked with Vauxhall, which is part of the General Motors Group, and Cranfield School of Management. The project investigated the right way to downsize, or what do managers do to simultaneously improve performance and maintain staff engagement?  More details are on our Research Projects page.

The research has been recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), producing one of the Top five Management Articles of 2012. The initiative recognises relevant, accessible academic writing and takes it to a wider audience of practising managers. It is a collaboration with the British Academy of Management, the Advanced Institute of Management Research, the Association of Business Schools, the British Library and is sponsored by John Wiley and Sons Ltd, one of the world’s leading business publishers.

New collaboration with the European Organisation Development Forum (EODF).


Dr. Michael JR Butler is discussing a new collaboration with the European Organisation Development Forum (EODF).  Stuart Wigham, one of our PhD students and a Senior HR Practitioner with Birmingham City Council, is a member. EODF is the European counterpart to the Organization Design Forum (ODF) in the US. EODF provides a community in which members are challenged to advance the principles of OD, share and synthesise best practice and create new knowledge about how people and systems are organised to achieve results and create meaningful experiences - EODF

Past Events


One of our team gave an international webinar on 26 September 2012.

Dr. John Blewitt, Co-Director on the MSc in Social Responsibility and Sustainability, argues there are many important spaces and places existing within higher education and business that can enable critical engagement and co-operation that can help fashion a more democratic society, sustainable ecological environment and vibrant and innovative enterprise. This webinar explored those spaces of hope and opportunity, both digital and physical, essential for resilience, change and innovation. New, and especially difficult times, require new thinking and new spaces for learning and development.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research