University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Our research improves people's lives. It enhances our community. It strengthens our economy. It contributes to a better world

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Our Research

Research Excellence Framework - ranked 8th in the UK


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I think it's very important that policy makers understand the behaviour of various institutions within the economy

The School has long term, research-intensive relationships with major organisations including; GlaxoSmithKline, Ernst & Young, T-Mobile, Kraft Foods, HRMC, Cabinet Office, NHS.

Our research produces benefits and underpins changes in policy and practice

Our research challenges conventional wisdom, advances workplace practices, improves profitability, helps to change approaches to management and the delivery of services, creates new products and processes, enhances professional and corporate practice, and supports changes in policy.

Through our research we inspire new ideas. We engage directly with companies to drive innovation and we help develop new tools, models and frameworks to influence and change ways in which people think and work. Our research has contributed to changes in attitudes, awareness and behaviour. It has supported increased capabilities and opportunities, improved performance, policy developments, and processes of innovation and understanding.


Larry Banda
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Our world leading and internationally excellent scholarship is supported through the networks and collaborations created by individual academics across the globe; through a highly diverse and international Faculty; and through the international relationships that are part of our Research Centres and Groups.

An International Community of Scholars

The School has an internationally diverse academic environment. 60% of academic staff in the School are currently non-British.

70% of School academics have published joint scholarship with internationally located colleagues, from 30 countries.

The School's Research Centres are extensively engaged in intercontinental collaborative research with Universities in Brazil, Spain, New Zealand, Chile and the USA. In addition, members of the Centre for Governance anc Regulation provide academic expertise to the Reserve Bank of India, and the Bank of Finland.

The Centre for Strategic Risk and Insurance (CSRI) has strong fellowship links with the Center for Insurance Regulation, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany, and the Center for Insurance and Social Security Research, Peking University, China.

The School invites Visiting Fellowships from distinguished scholars and to support research collaborations. The School has made Fellowships available to 27 leading international academics in the past five years.

We focus our international work on building sustainable and productive institutional collaborations with other research-led business and management schools across the globe.

The School works in collaboration with the University of Bath's international partners. These are:

Research Themes

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey
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Research themes help the School explore cross-boundary issues that impact on different areas of management

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey

University of Bath Vice-President and Dean, School of Management

Academic staff within the School are grouped into four Divisions. Underlying these Divisions are six core research themes which underpin the key areas of research undertaken within the School and promote our areas of expertise.

One of our distinctive characteristics is our interest in both business and society and business in society. We are engaged in researching and developing leaders in and for business but also leaders in government, charities, NGOs, healthcare, the arts and sports. We are also actively engaged in business and its role in society as a force for good in transforming economic and social conditions for communities all over the world.

Research Themes Research Centres &
Research Groups
Entrepreneurship and Innovation The Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Bath (CREI@Bath) Dr Christos Kolympiris
Governance and Risk Centre for Governance, Regulation and Industrial Strategy (CGRIS) Professor Ania Zalewska
Strategic Change and Leadership Centre for Strategic Change and Leadership (CSCL) Professor Russ Vince
The Future of Work Future of Work (FoW) Professor Nancy Harding
Sustainability and Responsibility Centre for Business, Organisations and Society (CBOS) Professor Andrew Crane
Healthcare Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2) Professor Christos Vasilakis
Higher Education Management The International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) Professor Rajani Naidoo

Research Centres

Within the School there are various Research Centres and Consortia

These cross-functional areas of expertise help to focus and formalise our major research initiatives and create new opportunities for funding. Our Centres interlink with the varied interests of our divisions and clusters.

Seminars & Events

Executive Programmes

Change Management Forum provides a venue where thinking practitioners and applied academics can come together to exchange ideas and knowledge.


The talks by Prof Linda Putnam (University of California) and Prof Gail Fairhurst (University of Cincinnati) were of great interest to the organisational research we do here in Bath. For example, as our speakers illustrated, it can help us understand the dynamics that underpin responsible and creative, as well as irresponsible and uncreative actions in organisations. Dr Svenja Tams, seminar organiser. {more...}

Sharing international academic insights

The School provides academic staff and visitors with a supportive, sustainable and well-balanced research culture.

Our seminars, academic workshops, international mini-conferences, Distinguished Visiting Speakers and Visiting Research Fellows provide a platform for scholars to share their insights and experience with staff, students and the wider community.