Aston University, Cranfield University, Henley Business School-University of Reading

We have great pride and pleasure in announcing that the inaugural Doctor of Business Administration Research Colloquium organised jointly by Aston University (AU), Cranfield University (CU) and Henley Business School (HBS)-University of Reading, is scheduled to be held on July 15th, 2022. 

The primary objective of the one-day colloquium is to provide DBA students who represent rich diversity in backgrounds and come from a wide spectrum of industries, businesses and other institutions from across the globe with the opportunity to interact, cooperate, network and present their work to leading faculty, industry experts & peers in a supportive and collaborative environment. Participants will receive valuable feedback and the chance to network with leading academics and industry experts.

When and where?

The 2022 DBA Colloquium will be a hybrid event and will be held on July 15th, 2022.

Who will benefit by participating in the Colloquium and how?

Students currently enrolled on a Doctoral Program in Business Administration, particularly those in the post-literature review and advanced stages of their research are strongly advised to use this opportunity to present their work in progress, obtain feedback and enhance their research output. 

Specifically, participants will benefit from discussions with and constructive feedback from academics, industry experts and their peers. Providing valuable insights, tips and pointers/leads to further develop their research, enable thesis write-up and enhance publication opportunities of research.
DBA students in the preliminary stages of their research and those who have completed the literature review will have opportunities to gain incisive insights to develop their research.

Key Takeaways for DBA students from Colloquium Participation 

The key takeaways for DBA researchers of participation in the colloquium include the following:

  • Opportunity to present their emerging research.
  • Obtain helpful feedback from academics, industry leaders and co-participants to enhance their research output.
  • Gain insights by sharing experiences with peers and others.
  • Opportunity to network with co-participants, academics and industry leaders.
  • Opportunity to learn in a professional, relaxed & enabling environment.
Registration & Fees for Colloquium Participants
  • Online attendance: Free
Event programme
10:00 - 10:30Registration
10:30 – 10:45

Welcome Address

Professor George Feiger, Pro-Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean, Aston Business School, Aston University.

10:45 – 11:15

Keynote Address 

Challenges, risks & rewards of successfully charting turbulent and rapidly changing global financial markets.

Dr Viswas Raghavan, CEO of EMEA for J.P. Morgan and co-head of J.P. Morgan's Global Investment Bank.

11:15 – 12:00

Panel Discussion

Professional Doctorates – An Effective Aid in Strategic Problem Solving?

Chair: Professor Nicholas O’Regan, Associate Dean - Research, Aston Business School, Aston University

Confirmed panel speakers:

  • Dr Viswas Raghavan, CEO of EMEA for J.P. Morgan and co-head of J.P. Morgan's Global Investment Bank.
  • Professor Malcolm Higgs, Emeritus Professor (HR Management & Organisation Behaviour) Southampton Business School, University of Southampton.
12:00- 12:10Book Launch: 
The Doctor of Business Administration: Taking Your Professional Practice to the Next Level, Ideas for Leaders Publishing, with contributing authors from Aston Business School, Cranfield University & Henley School of Business – University of Reading. 
12:10 - 13:00Networking breakout session
13:00 - 13:45Lunch 
13:45 – 15:15Session 1
  • 13:45 – 14:15
CEO competency and NHS hospital performance in England
Enock Mhindurwa (Aston Business School, Aston University)
  • 14:15 – 14:45

Once Upon A Time: A Temporal Taxonomy of Executive Exit Trajectories Post-Acquisition
Aisling Stalley (Henley Business School - University of Reading)

  • 14:45 – 15:15

Exploring the underrepresentation of certain groups in HE, and the link with the tacit model of an ideal academic and universities' selection practices
Rebecca Jarrett (Cranfield University)
15:15 -15:30Break
15:30 – 17:15Session 2
  • 15:30 – 16:00

Evidence-Based Retention of Talent in Growth Stage Entrepreneurial Firms
Radhika Shrivastava (Henley Business School, University of Reading), Malcolm Higgs (Hull University Business School, Hull University), Lynn Thurloway (Henley Business School, University of Reading); tbc
  • 16:00 – 16:30

Sustainability and Environmental Reporting Assurance and the Adoption of Materiality, Completeness and Responsiveness
Flavia Lucy Rodricks (Aston Business School, Aston University)
  • 16:30 – 17:00

The value of digitalization in the sphere of social innovation and how it may help the business sector achieve greater social impact in the United Arab Emirates
Aisha Saeed Harib (Henley Business School, University of Reading)
17:00 - 17:15Award of Best Research Paper Prize & Closing Remarks
Professor Nicholas O’Regan, Associate Dean - Research, Aston Business School, Aston University

Submission of papers to the Colloquium and registration of attendance

Who can present papers at the Colloquium

DBA students from the organising universities (viz. Aston University, Cranfield University & Henley Business School-University of reading) in the post-literature review and advanced stages of their research are invited to present their work in progress. All topics and methodological approaches within the spectrum of the business and management discipline will be considered. This includes, but is not limited to, subject areas such as Finance, Economics, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, HRM, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Sustainability.

How to submit papers?

Submission of abstracts:

The call for abstracts will open on January 17th, 2022. The online abstract submission platform will be live and will accept submissions from February 1st, 2022.

Students interested in participating in the colloquium are requested to submit a 500-word abstract by February 25th, 2022. All topics and methodological approaches within the spectrum of the business and management discipline will be considered. This includes, but is not limited to, subject areas such as Finance, Economics, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, HRM, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Sustainability.

Submissions should be accompanied by the name of applicant, current degree programme, year/stage of programme, name of institution and contact details.
Successful applications will be notified by April 11th, 2022.

Submission of Final Paper 

Successful applications will be notified by April 11th, 2022.

Successful participants will be required to submit a complete paper by June 15th, 2022 so that discussants may prepare in advance. 

Accompanying 20-minute PowerPoint presentations are requested by July 1st, 2022. Each presentation will be followed by a further 10 minutes of Q&A.

How to register for the colloquium?

Authors of papers invited for presentations can register for the colloquium from April 11th, 2022.

Students interested in general attendance may also register their interest in attending the colloquium from April 11th, 2022.

Key dates
01/02/22Online submission of abstracts opens
18/03/22Closure of call for abstracts and online submission of abstracts
11/04/22Notification of Acceptance to Authors & Registration
15/06/22Deadline for submission of complete papers & presentations
15/07/22DBA Colloquium held at Aston University & Online
Awards and Prizes

Accepted submissions will be considered for a Best Research Paper award.

About us 

Organising Universities 

Aston University

Our origins can be traced back to 1895 when the Birmingham Municipal Technical School was established. In 1947, the Technical School created a Department of Industrial Administration (the second to be founded in the United Kingdom) which grew to be Aston Business School (ABS). Today, ABS is part of an elite group of triple accredited business schools with leading faculty engaged in cutting-edge research and who work with organisations of all sizes, and across all sectors, so that they can benefit from our advanced knowledge, skills and global network. The expertise this engenders informs and enhances our undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programmes, including the Executive DBA programme.

Our part-time, online Executive DBA programme is thus designed to enable business leaders to critically analyse business/organisational issues; identify, design & apply evidence based & research informed approaches to resolving those issues, evaluate the outcomes and communicate the same to stakeholders. 

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Cranfield University

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield is the largest UK provider of master's-level graduates in engineering and offers a flagship MBA, extensive world-class customised executive education and professional development programmes. Cranfield delivers transformational research, postgraduate education and professional development. Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.  Our work informs government policy and leads the way in producing cutting edge new technologies and products in partnership with industry.

Located within Cranfield’s triple-accredited School of Management, our Executive DBA is the highest-level business qualification that can be attained, and is aimed at senior practitioners, policy-makers and consultants who want to be thought leaders in their organisations and wider occupations. As well as the networking and learning opportunities offered by the programme, participants benefit from the quality of study facilities, supervisory expertise, alumni networks and the international research perspective offered by Cranfield.

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Henley Business School, University of Reading

Henley Business School is a triple-accredited business school and part of the University of Reading. With campuses, offices and partnerships around the world, we are a truly international institution with a range of courses from undergraduate through to postgraduate, PhD, MBA, DBA and executive education.

The Henley DBA is a part-time professional doctoral degree with an international scope and reputation. The programme is designed to enhance executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management. Candidates include prestigious competition winners and the quality of theses is regularly praised as being the highest quality by scholars with global reputations in their field. Research associates are members of our School structure and are encouraged to take part in activities of our research centres. By conducting original research in their specialist area, candidates are able to further their careers and build expertise to contribute to grow competitive advantage and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

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Organising Committee

Professor Liang Han

Professor Liang Han

Liang Han is a Professor in Accounting and Finance at Henley Business School, University of Reading and the Programme Director for Henley DBA. He has taken various academic positions in the higher education sector in UK, US and China since he obtained his PhD from Warwick Business School. His has strong research interests in small business finance and banking structure and has published numbers of articles in leading international journals. Prof Han also serves as a consulting editor for International Small Business Journal and more details are available from

Dr Geetha Ravishankar

Dr Geetha Ravishankar

Dr Geetha Ravishankar is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Finance and Economics at the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship Department of Aston University. 

Her research interests lie in international economics and financial economics, with a particular focus on (a) performance analysis and benchmarking using econometric and mathematical programming methodologies and (b) how these techniques can be applied to inform and assess the impact of policy and decision making within financial services industries and in international trade.

Her published work examines the economic performance of financial systems in emerging markets and bilateral trade determinants. And her current research examines the determinants and performance of portfolio diversification within the real estate sector. Over her career, she has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses relating to microeconomics, finance and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Dr Nicky Yates

Dr Nicky Yates

Dr Nicky Yates is a Senior Lecturer within the Cranfield University Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management and Director of Doctoral Programmes for Cranfield School of Management.  She has a wide general interest in modelling the supply chain and her teaching and research is mainly focused in this area.  She teaches modules on supply chain design and modelling, simulation and manufacturing on the Full Time and Executive Masters programmes in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.   Her research focusses on simulation and modelling of supply chains from strategic network optimisation to detailed simulation studies.  A particular focus of her research relates to the management of supply chains which handle perishable products such as food or blood



Dates, times and locations
Date: 15/07/2022
Time: 00:00 to 00:00
Aston University / Online
Registration Open
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