School of Business and Economics


Research that Matters

Research at the School of Business and Economics is integral to who we are and why we are here: research of the highest level that informs academia and our teaching, but that also helps shape and influence the wider world.

We are passionate about the research we do and the vibrant, collegial research community we have created for staff and students; inspiring and supporting researchers from around the world to explore research questions that sit at the intersection of contemporary intellectual debate and the challenges confronting business and policy. That blending of rigour and relevance is at the core of our research philosophy: Ultimately, we do ‘Research that Matters’.
A distinctive area of expertise in the School is in Decision Sciences. We focus on the development and application of rigorous research that can support both private and public sector decision makers and policy makers in understanding, evaluating and improving the performance and choices of organisations and individuals.
In the most recent Research Exercise Framework (REF 2014), the School was assessed at conducting research at the highest level:
  • 100% of our Information Management research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'
  • 75% of our Business and Management research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'
  • We placed 13th out of more than 100 institutions that submitted Business and Management entries, based on ‘research power’
Through our research we aspire to engage with and positively impact our students, our partners and the research community, and through doing so, influence in a profound and significant way our local, national and global communities, working together to achieve our potential.