Research

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Birmingham Business School undertakes engaged and relevant research that contributes to academic debate worldwide, and undertake projects funded by the Research Councils, major trusts, professional institutions, government departments and the EU.

A series of broad research clustersunderpin the research activities of the School:

Department Research

Each Department within the Business School is designed to deliver authoritative research and specialist teaching; find out about their areas of research and ongoing projects:

Department of:AccountingBusiness and Labour Economics | Finance | EconomicsEntrepreneurship & Local Economy | MarketingOrganisation, Work and Employment | Procurement and Operations Management | Strategy and International Business

Doctoral Research 

We offer a range of Doctoral Research (PhD/MSc/MPhil) programmes which allow you to become fully involved with research topics and contribute to debate across the whole of school.


Research projects

Associations between testosterone and self-employment

Description
This study looked at whether testosterone has pronounced effects on men's physiological development, and whether there is a relation to self-employment.

Reel Lives

Description
The term "digital personhood" is used to discuss recognition of a human being as having status as a person in the electronic realm. But all too often the digital data underpinning personhood is fragmented and offers very little in the sense of an individual life story or presence.

The Internationalization of SMEs – Learning from Experience in Different Countries

Description
Focusing on the challenges, experiences and policies of small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] that are expanding their business to foreign markets, this research project is a comparative investigation into the internationalization of SMEs from nine countries.

Smart Leadership for Smart Cities

Description
Aiming to fill the gap in our understanding of Smart Cities, our research has examined their contemporary leadership dynamics, and surfaced new and important learning about the ways in which effective knowledge-oriented leadership is enacted in these places.

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Latest research news

A Corporate Agenda for Change
Description
Even the most ardent critics of UK business would find it hard to argue that firms' attitudes and activities towards enterprise diversity have remained unchanged in the last decade. Through a range of national and local initiatives from the public sector and trade associations, as well as the work of businesses themselves, attitudes have changed.
The Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship: 10 Years On
Description
It's ten years since the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), now operating at the heart of University of Birmingham's Business School, came into being.
University of Birmingham academics examine effects of integrating workplace wellbeing activities into organisations
Description
Academics from Birmingham Business School and the School of Health and Population Sciences at the University of Birmingham have been awarded funding for a new project with Health Exchange, a leading health and wellbeing organisation in Birmingham.

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Papers, podcasts and publishings

Discussion Paper Series

The latest research discussion papers by academics across all departments of Birmingham Business School.

Research Podcasts

Listen to and download podcasts featuring our academics discussing their research papers and interests.

The Conversation

An independent source of news and views, with contributions from our academic and research community.