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 clusters underpin the research activities of the School:

accountability-and-governance     global-value-chains

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.

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

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

IAS and CREME 'New Migrant Businesses' workshop
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The 'New Migrant Businesses: Implications for Policymakers and Practitioners' workshop brought together researchers and practitioners looking to explore new avenues for research in the realm of new migrant businesses.
Successful application to the ESRC Pilot Urgency Mechanism scheme lead by Professor Steve Brammer
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Professor Steve Brammer awarded ESRC funding to engage with academic and end-user stakeholders to assess the differing responses to the floods which impacted the south of England in the winter of 2013/14.
New Discussion Paper: Paul Edwards"Working for Ford Forty Years On"
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Paul Edwards takes a look at Huw Beynon's 'Working for Ford', a book that achieved celebrity status when published in 1973, assessing the lasting value of the book 40 years later.

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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.