Research Clusters

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Research within Birmingham Business School is structured into a number of clusters, to encourage a network form of organisation for collaboration and engagement, and to focus on international and engaged research. Through these clusters, the focus is to provide research of rigour and relevance both locally and globally in a diverse range of subjects and areas.

Accountability and Governance

This research cluster has two core themes; Centre for Tax Governance (Tax) and Accountability and Governance in the Public Sector (Public Sector). The Centre for Tax Governance examines issues of tax governance from a social, political and organisational perspective, whilst the Public Sector centre focusses on the analysis of the objectives, practices and outcomes of accountability and governance in the context of the Public Sphere.

China

The China Research Cluster undertakes research to understand how and why China has developed and what this tells us about the future path of development and the challenges that China faces. China has become one of the largest economies in the world and an influential global player and the study of the Chinese economy has increasing importance as China becomes further integrated into the global economic structure.

Entrepreneurship and Diversity

The mission of the cluster is to ask important research questions that make a difference to understanding and supporting entrepreneurial firms, policy makers and support providers. A key strength of the cluster is that it incorporates the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) and the Enterprise Diversity Alliance.

Environmental and Energy Economics and Management

This cluster focuses upon the complex relationship between economic activity and the environment. A key focal point for the cluster is the environmental behaviour of firms, patterns of which continue to differ widely across firms, even when those firms reside within the same industry and country. In addition to its focus on firm behaviour, the cluster also examines the links between social and economic behaviour and the environment.

Financial Resilience

The main objective of this research cluster is to deliver world class multi-disciplinary research spanning finance & economics and science & engineering to better understand the wide range of complex factors that contributed to the recent financial crisis. Our research encompasses all aspects of the financial system to strengthen and protect the financial system from future crises.

Global Value Chains (GVC)

The Global Value Chain (GVC) Cluster focusses on inter-organisational relationships which cross national boundaries, raising questions about power relationships between firms and the extent to which national, international, public and private regulatory systems provide both constraints on, and resources for, different actors in the chain. The cluster includes the Centre for Research on the Economy and the Workplace (CREW)

Associated research centres and programmes

The Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM)

  • CHASM is based jointly in Birmingham Business School and the School of Social Policy. Its aims are to provide a focus for world-class research on: financial security; financial inclusion; financial capability; and wealth taxation.

Midlands Excellence Organisational Improvement Programme (MidEx)

  • The MidEx programme at Birmingham Business School aims to generate a sustained positive benefit to the performance of organisations across the Midlands region.