The Strategy, Leadership and Economic Development (SLED) group provides empirical research and theory development on a range of related organizational, managerial, and economic issues. SLED members contribute to theoretical and policy debates in the UK, the European Union, and around the world. We conduct joint research with colleagues in Europe, Australasia, North America, and in developing economies.
SLED members research and teach in three broad areas. Here are examples of the research we do – for more detail on this and on teaching see individual faculty webpages:
Leadership and Enterprise Development
Kiran Trehan’s key interests are in the field of leadership and enterprise development and how it can be applied in a variety of organisational, business and policy domains. Her research involves the active engagement of practitioners through the process of critical action learning on issues relating to leadership, diversity and business support. Kiran’s research is funded regional and national government and research councils; this work focuses on leadership, mentoring, and enterprise support, paying particular attention to diversity.
Francis Greene researches and teaches across small business and entrepreneurship issues. He is particularly interested in enterprise start-up and development, entrepreneurial activity amongst young people, and small business policy. Francis has worked with the OECD, Capital One, Pearsons plc, Santander and the Federation of Small Business and the New Zealand government to research these areas through quantitative analysis.
Leadership and Place
As social geographers with an interest in leadership, John Gibney and Chris Collinge research and teach on the changing conditions of leadership in and regions across the EU. They are especially focused on ways to promote growth and create jobs by stimulating more integrated place-based approaches to learning and innovation.
In this area Gill Bentley also researches the extent to which ‘new localism’ enables the development of innovative approaches to economic development. With colleagues in Newcastle, Leeds and Portsmouth, working as the Cross Country LEPs Group, Gill is preparing a wider scale project to contribute further to debate on the changing form and function of the state under contemporary conditions for capital accumulation, as well as on policy and practice on economic development in an age of austerity.
Strategy and internationalization
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly looking to global markets for exporting and other business opportunities for growth. Linda Hsieh has recently completed an investigation funded by the British Academy which focused on the networking activities of UK and Taiwanese SMEs which enabled them to acquire information and resources to inform decisions on internationalization and to support their implementation.
This research now has been extended to include SMEs in three sectors: biotech, software, and clothing, from other 7 countries (Egypt, UAE, Brazil, China, Denmark, India and Poland). It brings together project partners from University of Birmingham, United Arab Emirates University, Aalborg University, Universidade Positivo, Brazil, Oxford Brookes University, Queens University Belfast and China Europe International Business School.
SLED members publish their work in a range of ways:
Peer reviewed academic journals, such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of International Management, Work Employment & Society, Strategic Management Journal, Organization, Management Learning, Policy Studies, Business History Review, Politics and Policy, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning, European Business Review, and Leadership
Books, edited collections on specific issues, working papers, and policy papers.
Group members are also active in presenting their work at international conferences, at invited seminars in the UK and abroad, and to policymakers.