Business and Society

Business and Society draws together research which explores the wider impact of business activity upon the wider society. This includes work in the field of local economic development, the industrial strategy and the Preston Model.

Business and Society

OVERVIEW

Business and Society draws together research which explores the wider impact of business activity upon the wider society. This includes work in the field of local economic development, the industrial strategy and the Preston Model. It includes research into applied policy, whether related to public management and the impact of cooperative forms of enterprise at organisational level, or the economics of Brexit at national and international policy levels. It additionally includes a series of research and knowledge exchange activities, coordinated by the Centre for SME Development, relating to enhancing the knowledge base and hence productivity of the local business community, alongside further work relating to the regional implementation of the industrial strategy. The Business and Society strand of research, therefore, seeks to utilise research findings to facilitate policy design and implementation.

Research Student Supervision

Academic team members within the Business and Society grouping would be pleased to consider proposals to supervise research degree (i.e. PhD, MPhil, DBA) projects within the research areas we cover. Particular areas of interest include:

  • Business Strategy and Management - including SME leadership and management, Public Value Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Enterprise and Cooperatives
  • Economic Policy - including local economic development and the 'Preston Model', industrial strategy and procurement, Brexit and European integration, Labour Market and Workplace Flexibility
  • Supply-Chain Management

IMPACT

The Applied Policy Science Unit (APSU) is an independent political science research unit located at the UCLan Westlakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven in West Cumbria. The APSU’s mission is to make an original and independent contribution to policy and its implementation. This unit undertakes academic research, consultancy and dissemination in the field of political science with a special focus upon the application of current policy problems. In addition to UCLan staff involved in political science research and dissemination, the APSU also involves, as advisors, individuals who are professionally involved in politics, policy and government. APSU is the lead author of a REF2021 REF impact case study into public management. To find out more please contact the Samuel Lindow Academic Director of the APSU, Dr Rick Wylie.

The Centre for SME Development is business led. We respond to the needs of the SME community to stimulate enterprise, innovation and business growth. CSME research impact includes the transfer of research findings to the local business community through networking, masterclasses, leadership training, skills development activities and providing a gateway to the broader research carried out across the business school and other related areas of the university.   To find out more please contact centre manager Alison Hitchen (ahitchen@uclan.ac.uk) or Professor Sue Smith.

The research group LIEBR aims to encourage and facilitate research into the interaction between economic, business and public policy, broadly defined. It provides an interdisciplinary space for exchanging and developing ideas relating to the drivers, design, implementation and review of economic, corporate and public policy initiatives, together with their impact upon key stakeholders - primarily business, employees and the community. For further information, please also contact Dr Alina Petrescu, Professor Philip B Whyman or Professor Andrei Kuznetsov.

Logistics and Operations research focus is in the five key areas of: strategic operations management; enterprise information systems; performance measurement systems; supply chain management; and logistics and transportation systems. To find out more please contact Professor Yahaya Yusuf.

Work relating to local social and economic development, and in particular the ‘Preston Model’, is led by Dr Julian Manley, Social Innovation Manager within the Centre for SME Development.