Engagement with wider academic and user communities
The Chapter has been involved in representation to journal quality listings since the mid- 2000s. The first moves in this involved submission in 2008/9 to early versions of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) academic journal list and to the ABDC journal quality list. This contributed to the upgrading of some IB journals in these lists. Notable in these first exercises to influence journal quality lists was upgrading the IB Review in the CABS and the ABDC lists.
Since 2013 the Chapter has been represented on the committee responsible for the CABS list, which is one of the most authoritative and widely used academic journal list. This influenced the construction of the 2015 CABS guide, which saw a major upgrading of IB journals (such as JIBS to world elite, JWB to four star, and various lower ranked journals were upgraded to 2 star), thereby safeguarding and promoting the long-term well-being of IB as subject area. In addition, the number of IB journals on the CABS list increased from 40 in 2014 to 55 in 2018 with further increases in the 2021 CABS guide.
The Chapter has representation in the major learned societies in management and business such as the Academy of Marketing (AOM) and the British Academy of Management (BAM). This enables the Chapter to have a voice in these associations and can therefore influence the actions of management and business societies in areas such as REF and UK Research and innovation consultations. A BAM Special Interest Group in IB and IB Management (BAM SIG IB & IM) was launched in 2012 by Frank McDonald and Jeremy Clegg. The SIG was designed not be a rival to the Chapter but to be complementary. In particular, to reach out to academics in the area of International Management who see BAM as their home community rather than AIB. In 2013 the BAM, SIG, IB & IM has jointly organized with the Chapter a Research Excellence Framework (REF) impact workshop for researchers in IB and IM; a joint workshop on shaping an IB and IM research agenda; a REF impact workshop IB in 2016 with Nigel Driffield (who was in the REF panel for IB in 2014) and Ian Drummond (Department of skills and industrial strategy practitioner panel for REF 2014). Regularly Joint AIB UK & I and BAM SIG IB & IM workshops on developments in qualitative research are normally organised in connection with the Annual Conference.
As part of the AIB community and one of its largest chapters, we have a very close and harmonious relationship with other Chapters of AIB. We feed into the activities and development of other chapters.