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Head of Suffolk Business School nominated for industry award

24 Feb 2017 11:15AM

The recently appointed Head of the Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk has been nominated for a prestigious industry award.

Professor David Collins who joined the University in January has been recognised, alongside his colleague Dr Nick Butler of Stockholm Business School, for their work in management and organisational history by being nominated for the Urwick Memorial Cup.

The Cup is given for an outstanding piece of published research, originating in the UK, relevant to management consultancy. Professor Collins’ and Dr Butler’s work was identified by a panel of academics and they will find out in June whether they have been successful in winning the award.

Professor Collins joined the University of Suffolk from the University of Hull.  In a career spanning more than 25 years he has worked for Napier University of Edinburgh, the University of Sunderland, the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex.

He has been resident in East Anglia for almost 20 years and in this time has published widely in the field of management and organisation. During his career he has produced notable accounts of organisational change, management fashion, financial regulation and organisational storytelling. In 2007 he authored what amounts to the definitive professional biography of the management guru Tom Peters.

On hearing about the nomination for the Urwick Memorial Cup, Professor Collins said “The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, which awards the Urwick Memorial cup on an annual basis, considers only published work that, in the opinion of the judging panel, has made an outstanding research contribution so I feel honoured to have received this nomination. The research which was conducted with my colleague Dr Nick Butler of Stockholm University is distinctive because it considers a body – The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) that has not been researched before. In addition the paper is unusual because it builds upon five decades of archive data as it explores the attempts made by the IMC to develop a professional identity for management consultants in the UK. I had no idea that the paper was under consideration for this prize, and so, it came as a genuine surprise to learn that our work had been short-listed.”

“We have big plans for the Suffolk Business School. This award is I think a timely recognition of a new University designed for the demands of a new century. You can expect big things of us!”

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Hallsworth added “This is a wonderful achievement and recognises David’s expertise in the field of management consultancy, and further cements the reputation of Suffolk Business School as home for outstanding research.”

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