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.

Business and management studies, and economics and econometrics at Birmingham are both in the top 20 nationally in Research Fortnight’s power rankings. Almost 70% of Birmingham’s research in both disciplines is rated as 4* or 3*.

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

Birmingham Business School placed 17 out of 101 schools for Research excellence
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Birmingham Business School has been placed 17 out of 101 business schools in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, according to the ABS
Creating tomorrow's leading social scientists
Description
The Birmingham Doctoral Training Centre is one of only 21 across the UK to be accredited by the ESRC. It has 22 ESRC scholarships to fund doctoral research starting in 2015.
Birmingham Means Business Research Showcase
Description
The Birmingham Means Business showcase was held to demonstrate how our academic research can help businesses and voluntary organisations in the region take advantage of a booming local economy.

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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.