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Staff in The Business School are actively involved in both research and knowledge transfer activities. Research has an applied focus– policy and practice led, which is of both national and international relevance. Our research is disseminated through high quality publications, provides a strong basis for our knowledge transfer activities and strengthens our teaching and professional development activities.

Research activities are structured through a Research College made up of six Research Clusters covering:

  • The Employment Research Institute
  • Leadership and Management Practice
  • Consumer Research
  • Accounting and Law
  • Centre for Law
  • Business and Management Learning and Pedagogy.

Within the research Clusters we have a number of specialist Centres involved in both research and knowledge transfer activities. The largest site for research activities is the Employment Research Institute, which provides a focus for staff across The Business School.  This institute conducts research into all aspects of work and is currently concerned with implementation of EU legislation, work/life balance issues and employment networks of older workers. The institute receives funding from such diverse sources as the DTI, Scottish Enterprise, The Department of Transport, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the European Commission.

Research is also ongoing into applications of demography notably in fields of social exclusion and the impact of aging populations – which will be immense in the developed nations. Another vibrant area is in the economics of development; especially in understanding the transaction of knowledge as developed by higher education. 

Within Human Resource Management research focuses on learning and development, leadership and the role of HR professionals.

Consumer research encompasses marketing and tourism, where there is emphasis on the important area of events and festival management. 

In accountancy there is work being undertaken on international accounting systems including the accountancy practices of early Chinese dynasties. Research is also ongoing into outsourcing, supply chain management, forecasting, the development of entrepreneurship and the impact of globalisation on business. Within Law, we have a growing expertise in Environmental, Business and Constitutional law.