UCLan Research Centre for Business, Management and Enterprise

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The primary aim of the Centre is to inspire members to contribute to the ongoing debate on the achievability of the various components of the UN-2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs) at international, national and regional levels. Consequently, it brings together researchers and practitioners from different disciplines including education, health services, law, computing, digital and financial engineering, entrepreneurship, tourism, work and employment, economics, finance and banking for a better understanding of the global challenges that the organisers face in achieving their pledge of a higher and sustainable welfare for all by the 2030 deadline. This goal is consistent with the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise (LSBE) mission, “to positively transform life through business and enterprise shaped by the latest research”.

To achieve this mission, the Centre has assembled a group of multidisciplinary active researchers including internationally recognised professors and readers with diverse interests and expertise.   The Centre Director and Co-Directors are:

Professor Hussein Abdou

Professor Hussein Abdou
Centre Director

Professor Jacinta Nwachukwu

Professor Jacinta Nwachukwu
Centre Co-Director

Professor Phil Whyman

Professor Phil Whyman
Centre Co-Director

The research activities of the Centre are organised into four specialist areas: 

Economics, Business & Society

Current PhD Projects:

Family firms and capital structure decisions: empirical evidence from Indonesian listed firms

A critical review of Public Private Partnership in practice – The National Competitiveness Strategy in Guyana: 2005-2015

An exploration of crisis management ‘preparedness’; from academic insight to practical application

MNC Subsidiary CSR Practices in Turkey: their antecedents and execution in the Financial Services Sector

Postgraduate student supervision

Finance, Accounting & Banking 

Current PhD Projects:

The impact of corporate governance on the trade-off between accrual-based and real-based earnings management in the UK and India

The relationship between earnings management and internal control disclosure quality in Chinese listed companies

The  effect of  I Corporate Governance Mechanisms on financial performance 

Oil wealth, institutional governance and inclusive welfare in developing countries

Audit quality and key audit matters

Postgraduate student supervision

Organisations, Work and Employment

Current PhD Projects:

Change management in the public sector

Entrepreneurship as practice

Organisational governance in cricket governance

Postgraduate student supervision

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Current PhD Projects:

Dark Tourism and Iron Curtain: The commodification of difficult heritage in post-soviet space

The Adventure Motorcyclist: an anthro moto study

A socio-psychological analysis of motivations for having a bucket list that involves travel

Poverty alleviation, tourism and the arts: A symbiotic relationship

Affects and emotions in Dark Tourism: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis

Postgraduate student supervision

We are currently supporting PhD students by offering worldwide databases such as Fitch Connect and OSIRIS.  We are able to help our research students achieve their targets by enabling them to subscribe to these unique databases.

The main disciplines of the Centre are:

Accounting Practices
Applied Policy
Auditing
Banking
Capital Asset Pricing
Computerised Accounting Systems
Co-operatives
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Corporate Social Responsibility
Credit Score
Dark Tourism Sites
Dark Tourism & Heritage
Development Finance
Digital Banking
Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Earnings Management
Economic Impact of Tourism
Economic Policy (Design & Implementation)
Economics
Economics of Brexit
Employee Welfare
Employment Relations and Performance
Enterprise
Entrepreneurship
Equality and the Workplace
Finance
Financial Engineering
Financial Markets
Good and Sustainable Work
Hospitality

Industrial Strategy
Institutional Governance
Labour Market
Law
Leadership
Lean Management
Leisure Travel & Environmental Impact
Local Business & Economic Development
Management
Mental & Physical Health at Work
Organisational Welfare
Performance of Financial Institutions
Procurement
Public Management
Risk Management

Rural Tourism
SME
Social Enterprise
Sports Tourism
Supply-Chain Management
Sustainable Business Development
Taxation
Tourism and Sustainable Development
Tourist Experience
Tourist-Host Relationships
Wellbeing of Stakeholders
Work and Employment
Workplace Conflict and Mediation
Workplace Flexibility
Workplace Practice

lsbe research brochure

We have a well-established research community which includes internationally recognised professors, readers and various research groups.  Read more in the LSBE ‘Our Research’ brochure.

Feedback from previous PhD Student

“My doctoral journey at the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise was excellent. I received valuable support from my supervisors and the additional benefit of high-quality academic conferences that I was able to attend and contribute to. My journey process has helped me develop self-confidence and critical thinking skills. These skills have definitely shaped my career path to becoming an independent researcher.  The staff members that I met were supportive of my studies. I found a very caring and homely environment at the university. In addition, to the rigorous training, they also do an excellent job to prepare us with beneficial training programmes for research students.  I am grateful to be a part of the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise and I believe that my experience will help me to contribute more to my country and my field of study. It has been a great journey."

Herlina Yoka Roida, recipient of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia (PhD Programme) in 2015-2019