Open University Professor Jean Hartley received this year’s Medal for Research from the British Academy of Management (BAM) at its annual conference in Birmingham on 3 September. The award, for ‘sustained, original contributions to management research by a BAM member’, was presented to Professor Hartley by the Academy’s President, Professor Nic Beech.
The Academy inaugurated the Medals as part of its 30th anniversary to recognise outstanding and important achievement and service. Nominations were invited from the Academy’s Council, Fellows and Special Interest Group (SIG) Chairs, and scrutinised by the Awards Committee which makes recommendations to the Executive Committee for ratification.
Professor Hartley, who was elected as a Fellow of BAM several years ago, said: “I am greatly honoured to receive this medal from my academic colleagues across the UK and beyond. I am pleased to receive the medal not only for my own work but also on behalf of an interdisciplinary team of more than 50 academics which I lead across The Open University, and in recognition of the distinctive approach they have developed towards research and practice in partnership and dialogue with practitioners.”
Professor Hartley is currently Academic Director of The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning, a collaborative inter-disciplinary partnership between more than 50 OU academics and 21 of the UK’s 45 police forces, creating research, education and knowledge into practice, and contributing both to theory development, learning and improvements in practice.
Her research and publications address the private, public and voluntary sectors. This includes the value, use and skills of leadership with political astuteness for public servants; the dual leadership of senior public servants working with politicians in local and central government; leadership development and its evaluation for elected politicians and for public managers; leadership to create public value; leadership in healthcare, local government and policing; and leadership in contexts of contest and conflict, for example South Sudan.
She has authored seven books and numerous articles on leadership, innovation, improvement and organisational change, and public value, in both top journals and in practitioner outlets. Is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as BAM, other notable achievements include being a member of the Berwick Advisory Group which advised the Secretary of State for Health in July 2013 on improving patient safety in healthcare, including leadership, following the Francis Report.
She is also an honorary trustee of the Friends of Ibba Girls’ School (FIGS) in South Sudan, she is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of progress and impacts at this school for girls since its inception in 2014.