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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, Organisation and Entrepreneurship

We are a multi-disciplinary group with an eclectic range of interests united by a passion for understanding “the human side of enterprise”.

The research centre brings together expertise in Management and Organization Studies and Entrepreneurship, connecting with the University’s Sustainable Societies research theme.

Current areas of research expertise include:

Sustainability and Ethics

  • Business Ethics
  • Ethical HRM
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Ethics and Justice
  • Professional Ethics

Socially Responsible Work

  • Employment Relations
  • Employability
  • Experiences of Work
  • Leadership
  • Power
  • Emotion/Affect

Diversity and Equality

  • Gender
  • Disability/Ableism at Work
  • Health at Work
  • Diversity
  • Identity
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Inclusivity
  • Inclusive pedagogy

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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