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Research at the School of Management

Our mission is Making Knowledge Work by producing highly relevant, applied research which makes a tangible difference to the world – to students, businesses, consumers, public sector, governments and employees.

Our focus is on conducting interdisciplinary research with impact and relevance, engaging with world-class researchers across the University and through national and global research collaborations. Through our Research Centres, we work on challenging topics such as justice, diversity and equality, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, innovation and enterprise development, circular economy, logistics and supply chains, information systems and technology, social entrepreneurship, branding, social networking and value creation, macroeconomic sustainability, open economies and fiscal shocks.

Visiting scholars are an important part of our vibrant research environment.  They play a critical role in our international engagements and collaborative work across the globe. Visiting scholars also actively interact with our students through guest lectures and seminars.

Our Research Centres

Accounting, Finance and Economics

Our Accounting, Finance and Economics (AFE) Research Centre (RC) has strong international links and a global research focus in developed and emerging economies. Research undertaken by the group is transmitted to practitioners through teaching seminars and executive education, following programmes specifically designed to assist translation of research into practice. AFE staff also apply their research expertise within the School by engaging in knowledge transfer activities such as teaching on executive education programmes, supervising research degrees and informing and developing knowledge and skills used in teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes both in Bradford and internationally.

The research interests of our staff at the RC cover a wide range of issues in the areas of accounting, finance and economics. Colleagues within the RC are also working across other disciplines within the School of Management and the University. Our research interests are in line with UoB’s main themes (innovative engineering, sustainable societies, and advanced healthcare). These interests include, but not limited, the following:

Econometric modelling

  • Financial engineering and statistical methods for analysis of financial and economic time series
  • Advanced econometric methods for financial and economic analysis
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Risk modelling
  • Textual based techniques

Sustainable market

  • International trade, Brexit and corporate tax management
  • Banking and international finance
  • Innovation, growth and intellectual property protection
  • Corporate flexibility, investment decisions and financial crises
  • Executive compensation, managerial incentives, firm performance and insolvencies
  • Strongly-governed firms, accounting information, market liquidity
  • Firm-country-specific factors effects on firms decisions (transparency policies, investment decisions, accounting choices)

Sustainable economy/employment

  • Macroeconomic sustainability, open economies and fiscal shocks
  • Sustainable employment ( Flexible working practices; wage determination)
  • Gaseous emissions, global temperature levels and societal impacts
  • Renewable energy under uncertainty
  • Real input–output energy-switching options

Accountability for Healthcare

  • Governance and risk management in health care organisations
  • Accounting and economics for effective decision making in healthcare organisations
  • Accounting- and economics- based performance measures (Balanced scorecard, Key performance indictors) in health care organisations

People, Organization and Entrepreneurship

The People, Organizations and Entrepreneurship (PO&E) Research Group has substantially developed and extended past themes to explore broader and more applied issues in, human resource management, employment relations, organizational behaviour and performance at work, and entrepreneurship. Led by Professor Neil Anderson, the PO&E Centre has a strong compliment of professors and senior staff, with a healthy mix of mid-career and early-career academic staff and researchers. The group has continued to develop a number of inter-related themes of research excellence in employee selection, workplace innovation, trust in organizations, work-life balance and employee well-being. As a multi-disciplinary group, we pride ourselves on continuing to pursue a range of highly-applied interests united by a passion for understanding the human side of the enterprise. All of our efforts and themes of expertise contribute to, and fit within, the University’s Sustainable Societies research theme.

The PO&E Research Centre is committed to research excellence. Centre members continue to publish in 4-star, and even 4-star ‘world elite’ journals in human resource management, organizational psychology, and OB/management sciences (e.g. Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Work, Employment and Society, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and British Journal of Management, among others). A number of our staff serve as Editors/Associate Editors and currently sit on the international editorial boards of top-tier journals in the fields of HRM/OB. Early-career staff linked to our Centre have been successful in winning British Academy/Leverhulme Trust grants to explore different aspects of performance in the workplace. The Centre thus continues to provide a highly vibrant, active, and valued research culture to support its members in pursuing these high-quality input and output indicators, and to develop possible impact cases for future inclusion

We have particular expertise in five core areas of research strength:

  1. Workplace innovation management. In this theme we study the precursors, processes, effects and outcomes of creativity and innovation in the workplace. This work is focussed at an individual and team level primarily, but we draw upon inter-disciplinary theoretical perspectives and groundings for this major research theme.
  2. Trust in organizations. We focus particularly on trust development and dynamics at the individual and team levels, its impact on performance, and examine the determinants and consequences of trust and control strategies within team- and organisation-level trust development and repair.
  3. Employment relations. We are interested in improving workplace relations, voice at work and the broader experience of work. Some of our work centres on work organisation, work-life balance and low-paid work.
  4. Well-being at work. We are particularly interested in well-being at work as an important core business strategy that can lead to greater resilience, innovation and productivity. Our research promotes an understanding of how certain work practices can have a positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business by focusing on key areas such as leadership, decision-making, teamwork, and innovation.
  5. Employee selection and assessment. We have particular expertise and experience in staff recruitment and selection processes, validation, fairness audits, and performance management outcomes. Taking both an organizational and an applicant perspective, this theme addresses all major selection predictor methods including interviews, assessment centres, and psychometric testing procedures.

Collaborative Partnerships

Members of the PO&E Centre routinely work with a range of organizations in the private and public sectors. Some of the research partner organizations we have worked with, either in the past or presently, include the following:

NASA (MARS and Jupiter Missions) Xerox Europe The Judicial Assessment Commission Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Valencia Regional Government (Spain) European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

Trades Union Congress

Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union

PO&E members also work in partnership with, and in accordance with the professional standards published by, the following professional bodies:

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) British Psychological Society (BPS) British Academy of Management (BAM) American Psychological Association (APA) Society for Industrial – Organizational Psychology (SIOP, USA)

European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) British Sociological Association (BSA)

British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

Logistics, Supply Chain and Technology

The Logistics, Supply Chain and Technology (LogiST) Research Centre is an interdisciplinary research group that strives on Making Knowledge Work for society by producing high quality and high impact research that influences thinking, teaching and practice.

The aim of the centre is to develop and disseminate world-class knowledge and best practices in the area of logistics, supply chain and technology management.

The centre brings together enthusiastic and ambitious academics who work with various stakeholders including businesses, industry associations, public sector organisations and policy makers on research and development, knowledge exchange, consultancy, executive education and training. The centre has a successful track record of generating income and managing projects funded by leading research and industry bodies which create significant societal impact.

The research centre's core themes and members’ areas of expertise and interests are:

Sustainable Societies

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Management
  • Circular Economy
  • Food Security
  • Humanitarian and Disaster Management
  • Social Innovation

Technology and Society

  • e-Government and Smart Cities
  • Business Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Information Management and Knowledge Management

Healthcare and Wellbeing

  • Innovative Healthcare
  • Telemedicine
  • Mobile Health

International Business, Marketing and Branding

International Business, Marketing and Branding Research Centre (IBMB) brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, working across a diverse set of disciplines (including economics, psychology, sociology and cultural studies) and engaging in a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. The Centre offers sustained, critical inquiry into the areas of international business, marketing and branding.

IBMB members are particularly active in the following areas:

  • Impact of foreign direct investment and international trading
  • Internationalisation and International Joint-Venture
  • Regional development and integration (Europe, Africa and Asia)
  • Branding, social networking and value creation
  • Digital marketing 
  • Ethics, corporate social responsibility and responsible management education

IBMB connects with a wide range of local, national and international stakeholders, joining together for betterment of society. Through its projects, partnerships and research the Centre contributes to broader social and economic debates, helping to foster policy, managerial and pedagogical development.

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