Department of Management

The Department of Management is one of the largest in the Business School and it is certainly the most diverse in terms of the range of teaching and research undertaken by its faculty. We are organised into four subject groups – Organization, Work and Employment, Procurement and Operations Management, Entrepreneurship and the Local Economy, and Business and Labour Economics – each of which contributes teaching and learning outcomes and research insights to enhance understanding of key domains within the broader sphere of management.

Teaching in the Department of Management

The academics within the Department of Management contribute to a wide range of programmes offered by the Birmingham Business School. This includes BSc, MSc and MBA programmes. The teaching blends theory and practice, utilises innovative approaches and assessment methods and is informed by the leading-edge research being undertaken within the department. Department of Management staff members have in recent years received a number of Business School, College and University awards and nominations for their teaching, a testimony to the commitment within the department to providing students with a high quality learning experience. The members of the department also provide thesis supervision, in the aforementioned programmes, but also at PhD level.

People in the Department of Management

Visit our staff page for online profiles of all members of faculty within the department.

Research in the Department of Management

Management is multi-layered – people, groups, organisations, markets and supply chains operating locally, regionally, nationally and globally – and our department reflects this. The diversity and depth of our subject group expertise gives us an opportunity to create original synergies and insights when addressing cross-cutting themes such as global value chains, responsible business and work inclusivity.

The Department of Management organises its research in a series of work streams, including operations and supply chain management, entrepreneurship, employment in organizations and business and labour economics. The department is renowned for producing high-quality and high-impact research that advances the comprehension of the modern firm and the competitive environment.  Academics within the department consistently publish in journals ranked as world-leading and internationally-excellent. 

As a research-driven department, we add value through the application of theory and high-quality qualitative and quantitative empirical research, as well as through our various dissemination activities. The outstanding research outcomes and visibility of the department is translated into funding coming from government and EU agencies, and also by businesses themselves. The research of the department has a wide media and press coverage.

Work streams within the Department

Organization, Work and Employment

Research in this work stream includes topics on human resource management and employment relations, globalisation and organization studies. The research responds to relevant questions on subjects of growing importance in our society like new modes of capitalism, the enduring effects of the financial crisis for employment, leadership and the management of change. Research in this work stream has been published in leading journals in the area including The British Journal of Industrial Relations, The British Journal of Management, Human Relations, Human Resource Management Journal, the Journal of Management Studies, the International Journal of Human Resource Management The Journal of Vocational Behavior and Work Employment and Society.

Procurement and Operations Management

Procurement, supply chain management, operations management and project management have never being higher up the corporate agenda, as firms try to meet the challenges of ever-increasing competitive pressures and public sector organisations try to cope with ever-increasing budgetary pressures. Moreover, digital technologies and sustainability issues are reshaping the way firms produce and compete globally. This work stream explores these and other important issues within these related fields. Research produced within this work stream has been published in Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of Service Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Production, Planning and Control and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

Entrepreneurship and Local Economy

By working closely with small business owners/founders, financial institutions lending to start-ups, trade unions, policymakers and other academics around the world, this work stream explores the enterprise in all its forms at city, regional and national levels. Specific research areas within this work stream include community media and creativity, ‘Smart City’ leadership, start-ups, propensity to engagement in entrepreneurship, migration, super-diversity and religious belief. Recent research has been funded by the ESRC, AHRC and British Academy and is manifest through two significant initiatives: Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME) and the Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster (EDRC). CRÈME has a range of projects, including its knowledge exchange initiative, the Enterprise & Diversity Alliance (EDA), and its partnership with Citizens UK. The research within this work stream has been published in British Journal of Management, Work Employment and Society, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Regional Studies, Urban Studies, Gender, Work and Organization, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Journal of Small Business Management and Small Business Economics. 

Business and Labour Economics

Research in this work stream uses a range of methodologies and data to uncover various aspects of labour markets, industrial policy and international trade. One of its aims is to better understand how management structures and government policies impact upon employment relationships, working lives and the wider labour market contexts within which public and private sector organisations function. Another important area of focus is to analyse firm internationalization within developed and developing countries and within global value chains. The research within this work stream has been published in Management Science, Research Policy, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Regional Studies, International Journal of Production Economics, Review of International Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Cambridge Journal of Economics and Economic Letters.

 

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