The Future of the Business School Program

Leadership Development for Early Career Faculty (ECF)


CAPRI, 17 – 21 JUNE, 2019


The Future of the
Business School Program

The ‘Future of the Business School’ program provides leadership development for early career faculty as they move into their first substantial business school management role.

In many cases this will be a first step on the road to a career in business school leadership.

Our intention is to provide a significant leadership development event in itself, enabling participants to reflect on their experience to date, and to learn the lessons from senior colleagues who have first-hand knowledge of undertaking and developing such ideas.

Participants will work to identify current and future alternatives for their new roles, their schools, and for their community of scholarship.

The program has an action-learning ethos, and will address business school strategy, staff and student recruitment and selection, internationalization, and equality and diversity.

Further content will reflect faculty expertise and participant requirements.

Presented By:University of Naples Federico II

The program is intended for those moving into substantive business school leadership roles.

This may include course/program leadership, discipline group leadership, and/or functional leadership across a school, including responsibilities for pedagogy and teaching and learning, validation, and research management.

We would anticipate the majority of participants will be academic teaching and research staff.

However, we would also hope that some colleagues in the administrative/professional support track moving into more senior roles would find value in attending.

The action-learning and networking ethos, combined with faculty expertise will give participants wide international exposure otherwise rare at the start of a leadership career.

Topics covered will include:

  • Business School strategy – within, outside, and beyond the university
  • intra-school organizational processes, curricula and research priorities
  • national and international contexts of business schools
  • transnational actors –  AACSB/EQUIS/AMBA,  scholarly associations, publishers and ranking agencies

Both participants and their sponsors are expected to benefit from the program.

Admission will be on a competitive basis. About 25 participants will be selected.

Participants may self-nominate or be ‘spotted’ as beneficiaries by line managers/mentors informally, or through staff development processes.

The Venue

Villa Orlandi welcomes you.

The  school will be held on the island of Capri at Villa Orlandi, a seventeenth century villa restored by the University of Napoli Federico II.  The villa, surrounded by a nice park, is particularly suited for study and includes all essential facilities. Over ten desks equipped with PCs and Internet connections are available. The venue is open only to admitted participants.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to submit a single PDF file consisting of:

  • CV;
  • motivation letter explaining the reasons behind the application;

Seats are limited to 30 selected submissions. All materials should be sent as a single PDF file by 25th March 2019. An email receipt of the letter will be sent to acknowledge submissions.
Applicants will be charged a fee of 2,500 Euros, excluding travel, meals and accommodation. University of Naples Federico II will contribute by covering extra costs and providing free of charge the school location and all facilities.

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The Faculty

Marie-Laure Djelic

Marie-Laure Djelic

Dean of the School of Management and Innovation at Science-Po, Paris

Andre Spicer

Andre Spicer

Professor of Organizational Behavior at Cass Business School

Bill Cooke

Bill Cooke

Chair of Strategy, York Management School, ex-BAM Vice Chair

Martyna Sliwa

Martyna Sliwa

Professor of Management and Organisation Studies, Essex Business School, University of Essex

Veronica Hope Hailey

Veronica Hope Hailey

Dean & Head of the School of Management, University of Bath

Alessia Contu

Alessia Contu

Chair of the Department of Management, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Hugh Willmott

Hugh Willmott

Professor of Management at Cardiff University & Cass Business School, REF-Research Excellence Framework Panel member

International Advisory Board

Bill Foster
Professor of Management, University of Alberta, Editor
Academy of Management Learning and Education

Roy Suddaby
Winspear Chair of Management, Peter B. Gustavson School
of Business, University of Victoria, Canada

Eero Vaara
Professor of Management and Organization at Aalto
University School of Business, Helsinki

Katy Mason
Professor, Lancaster University Management School, Vice
Chair, British Academy of Management

Jonas Soderlund
Professor, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway


Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee at Department of Economics Management and Institutions, University of Naples Federico II

Riccardo Mercurio

Gianluigi Mangia (chair)

Lorenzo Mercurio

Stefano Consiglio

Paolo Canonico

Andrea Tomo