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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 clusters underpin the research activities of the School:

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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: Accounting | Finance | EconomicsEntrepreneurship & Local Economy | Managerial Economics | 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.

Find out about the Global Value Chains Research Cluster (left) and the CREME team discuss their pioneering research and business engagement activities into promoting diversity and enterprise (right).

Research projects

Reel Lives

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

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

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

Birmingham Three Minute Thesis Competition
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition returns this year which challenges PhD students to effectively communicate the significance of their research in just three minutes.
Business School Doctoral Scholarships available for 2014/15
Birmingham Business School is pleased to announce a number of PhD scholarships for the 2014/2015 academic year in the areas of Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management and Marketing.
Discussion paper series; three new papers now available
'Brand recognition', 'Hong Kong's growth enterprise market' and 'Global value chains and industrial relations research' are the topics covered in the latest Business School discussion papers.

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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.