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Management research

Interdisciplinary research with real-world applications

We place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary management research that engages with current key debates in policy, business and society.

We have an active, vibrant and collegiate postgraduate management research community, and welcome enquiries from people interested in starting a PhD.

Our research papers appear regularly in internationally leading academic journals in business and management and related disciplines.

RRBM: Responsible Research in Business and Management

We are an institutional partner of Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM), to advance and promote responsible research in business and management for a better world.

We welcome visiting researchers (PDF , 151kb) who wish to collaborate with our research staff.

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Subject groups

  • Accounting and Finance
  • People, Operations and Marketing
  • Work Management and Organisation

The Research Excellence Framework 2021

  • According to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021), our management research is a UK top 30 research discipline, we've moved into the top 25% of submissions, and 100% of our research environment - the support we give to researchers - is rated 3* or higher

Learn more about the 2021 REF results

Find out more about our Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

Research strengths

Four research themes cut across our discipline groups, fostering collaborative projects which benefit from many different skillsets and perspectives.

Impact and engagement

We place significant emphasis on the real-world application of our research.

Our staff work with major organisations, including HM Treasury, the Office for National Statistics, the European Commission and North Yorkshire Police.

From public health to food resilience, our research is informing leaders and consumers, and transforming policy and practice.

Explore our impact

Policy work

Our academic research has outputs to inform policy in business and government.

Management perspectives are rigorous, independent, topical and research informed views on issues that we are facing in society. These policy briefs are written to present quick-to-read but robust analysis of issues that can support strategic decision-makers in local and national government, business, the public sector and third sector organisations.

Management perspectives


We work with partners – academic and non-academic – throughout the University and worldwide. Our interdisciplinary research centres provide a platform for collaboration around research themes and large research programmes:

EC Network

We support early-career academics to establish a research identity, achieve their career potential and sustain their wellbeing through our friendly community forum.

EC Network

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Subject groups

  • Accounting and Finance
  • People, Operations and Marketing
  • Work Management and Organisation