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Business and Management Research (UoA17)

Excellent, impactful research

Newcastle University Business School is a research-led, multidisciplinary Russell Group Business School. We produce excellent impactful business and management research that will make a global difference.

We advance discipline-based and challenge-led interdisciplinary research. We publish our innovative research in leading academic outlets to ensure wide dissemination.

Diverse and collective contributions

We deliver impact across a range of sectors, communities, and geographies ranging from local to global. Our inclusive and collegial culture underpins these activities. The diverse and collective contributions of all colleagues help us achieve research excellence.

We are embedding gender equality across our activities. The School’s Athena Swan Bronze, awarded in 2018, is a springboard for advancing intersectional equality and diversity. A key priority has been increasing the diversity of staff, including in senior leadership roles.

Our specialisms

The School brings together 122 teaching and research staff for REF2021 and also 134 research students. All staff and research students are members of one of four subject groups and their associated research communities. These reflect the disciplinary specialisms:

Accounting and Finance


Leadership, Work, and Organisation

Marketing, Operations, and Systems

  • Innovation, Enterprise, and Digital Business
  • Marketing: Consumers, Communications, and Services
  • Supply Chain and Operations Research

Interdisciplinary research strength

Staff advance business and management research in their disciplines. They collaborate in relevant areas of synergy, including five areas of interdisciplinary research strength:

  • Innovation and Creative Industries
  • Rural Enterprise
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Digital Economy

External research awards, University investments, and infrastructure projects support our business and management research, as do four cross-disciplinary centres which the School (co-)leads.

Significant projects

Our Business School colleagues have been in receipt of competitive awards from a wide range of funders. This includes the European Commission, Research England, AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, and UKRI/GCRF.

Creating impact

We generate impact for a wide range of beneficiaries by working with:

  • stakeholders in business
  • non-profit sector
  • policy
  • society
  • culture
  • the broader economy

The government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme awarded us with competitive funding. The Newcastle University £3.4m European Regional Development Fund-supported Arrow programme also supports our work.

This means we can work with private, public, and third sector organisations. Together we develop solutions to their diverse problems. They include:

  • understanding the wellbeing benefits of wigs for those who have lost their hair to life-changing conditions
  • improving aftersales services in the automotive industry
  • optimising the use of digital technology in stagecraft

As part of our REF2021 submission, we include nine impact case studies. They exemplify the reach and significance that our business and management research is having in the world.

Our beneficiaries are global and diverse. They range from individuals in the UK, Western Balkans, Asia, and Chile.

They also include regional micro-businesses, national policy-makers, and multilateral organisations. One such organisation is the International Labour Organisation.

Improved infrastructure

Our Business School operates out of a dedicated building on the Newcastle Helix site. Since REF2014, the University has invested £350m in the Helix.

This includes the £44.4m Catalyst building. That's where the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise co-locates with the National Innovation Centres for Ageing and Data.

These infrastructure developments provide modern spaces for staff and students. They increase opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and research-user partnerships.

Our infrastructure for the Experimental and Behavioural Economics Laboratory supports our world-leading research. It also supports collaborations and impact on the economics of safety, health, the environment, and risk.

Research case studies