Award presentation in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

Pictured left to right: Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive, Knowledge Quarter; Professor Paresh Wankhade, Edge Hill University Business School; the Lord Mayor of Liverpool; Chris Brown, Marketing Director, Marketing Liverpool

Edge Hill University Business School has been recognised for creating a significant economic impact of £700,000 to the Liverpool City region. The Business School hosted the highly prestigious 10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference  in the city, with 500+ delegates from around the world. Club Liverpool, a partnership between the Liverpool Convention Bureau and ACC Liverpool, recognised the contribution made by the conference at a recent event with an award presented by the Lord Mayor.

As well as being an economic success, the conference was a significant academic exploration of key themes in Critical Management Studies, an approach that challenges conventional understandings of management and organisations and debates radical alternatives.

Provocatively titled ‘Time for another revolution?’ the conference included 30 streams with topics including feminisms, equalities, power, deviance and Brexit. Three major figures in critical management, Professor Stewart Clegg, Professor Barbara Townley and Professor Prem Sikka, gave keynote addresses. The conference provided an avenue for the Edge Hill Business School staff and students to meet and listen to the leading scholars in the field of critical management studies and develop networks. The conference dinner was held at the St. George’s Hall in Liverpool, and artwork from the three-day conference has been installed in the Business School building on its Ormskirk campus.

Professor Paresh Wankhade, CMS 2017 Conference Chair said, “It is a great honour and mark of the growing recognition of the University that Edge Hill University Business School was chosen to host this prestigious event. The three days of the conference focussed on scholarly and critical discussion about the state of management studies.”

Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton, Director of the School said, “We are justly proud of our fine city, the city where Edge Hill University opened on 24 January 1885 as Edge Hill College – another first – this time, the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in England.”

Further details about the Conference and other activities of the Business School are available here.