It isn’t every day when a leading university creates a new business school, especially these days when there are more than 16,000 schools worldwide already granting business degrees. But King’s College London, the newest B-school of some prominence, has now tapped one of its own professors to be its first executive dean.
Stephen Bach, who currently leads the school of management and business at King’s, has been named the inaugural dean of King’s College London’s new business school which will officially become the ninth faculty at the university this month.
In a statement, Bach said the new school “will combine the agility of a start-up with the heritage of King’s. We will build upon the success of our thriving School of Management and Business and aim to build the premier undergraduate business school in conjunction with specialist masters programs. The times we are in are creating new challenges which require socially responsible leaders. King’s ability to draw upon our inter-disciplinary strengths, will enable us to create the next generation of leaders properly equipped to meet those challenges facing both business and society.”
BACH WILL LEAD THE MOVE OF THE SCHOOL TO BUSH HOUSE
He joined King’s College London in 2000 as a senior lecturer and reader in employment relations, becoming a full professor eight years later. In April of 2016, Bach was named head of the school of management and business, a school with some 85 staffers and 1,500 undergraduate adn post-graduate students.
As the inaugural dean, he will now lead the creation of King’s Business School which will be based in the former headquarters of the BBC World Service at Bush House, Aldwych. The business school will be a standalone faculty which complements King’s portfolio of law, medicine, policy and social science.
“We are delighted to announce that Professor Stephen Bach has been appointed as the inaugural Executive Dean, ” said Provost & Senior Vice President of King’s Professor Evelyn Welch in a statement. “This is testimony both to the significant progress that has been made under Stephen’s leadership over the past 15 months, but also to the clarity of his vision and the level of his ambition for the school as a business school. We are very excited about the future of the new school under his leadership.”
TAUGHT AT BOTH CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND WARWICK BUSINESS SCHOOL
Bach began his career in NHS management and then undertook his MSc and PhD at the University of Warwick. He has held visiting positions at Cornell University and spent more than a decade at Warwick Business School. His research interests include comparative public service employment relations, the international migration of health professionals and the growth of interim management roles in public services.
He has led several EU-funded research projects on the consequences of austerity and the role of service users in shaping human resource management practice. Bach has acted as an advisor to the International Labour Office, Migration Advisory Committee, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Scottish Office and the World Health Organization.