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Professor Laing introduces new strategic direction for ABS
The Association of Business Schools (ABS) chairman Professor Angus Laing has introduced a new strategic plan for the Association that incorporates new governance and management arrangements, a new members benefit statement and an operational plan for 2012-13.
Voting representatives unanimously agreed the plans which set a new vision and strategic direction for the ABS. Commenting, Professor Laing, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, said: “This meeting marks a pivotal moment in the history of the Association; the focus now is much more on policy, research development and internationalisation – to best reflect the needs of the membership and the business and management education as a whole.”
“I and the membership are delighted to be a part of the new steer of the organisation,” he added.
The ABS is the representative body for business and management education in the UK. The Association also works with similar organisations in Europe and around the world to influence those involved or interested in business and management education. Professor Laing was appointed Chairman in 2010.
Professor Laing said: “The plans laid out by the new Chief Executive Paul Marshall give a clear focus for ABS going forwards, and we can now offer our members a much richer and broader range of benefits – both in the UK and via our strong networks globally.”
ABS Chief Executive Paul Marshall explained: “Our new vision states that the ABS is the voice for the UK’s business schools and independent management colleges and that we will set the agenda for business and management education in the UK within an increasingly international environment. We will develop influential policies and promote, communicate and lobby on these at local, regional, national and international levels as appropriate. Partnerships with our existing members, counterparts and industry are central to our plans.”