Institute for Business, Enterprise and Organisational Impact (BEOI)

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange institute prioritises a ‘grow your own’ development strategy. Our aim is to inspire and empower people to flourish in enterprise through high quality impactful research.

We aim to build a reputation and profile that places our institute at the heart of the business and civic community. Our research underpins our teaching from undergraduate to postgraduate, degree apprenticeships, CPD and SME enterprise development. Our intention is to deliver impactful research and knowledge exchange, creating socio-economic benefit regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Our institute builds upon existing partnerships with colleagues at our Cyprus, Westlakes and Burnley campuses. We will continue to prioritise multi-disciplinary research, as evidenced by our successful REF2021 submission, where our work was judged as being either internationally excellent or world-leading, and an overall ranking GPA of 16th out of 108 business and management submissions.

The formation of the single institute will streamline the engagement of a wider range of research and knowledge exchange activity taking place across the University, where business and/or socio-economic input is beneficial.

Joining our institute means being part of a vibrant international community of staff with proven record of publications and income generation. Members have a commitment to inspire and empower colleagues to flourish through impactful research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

  • Research

    We nurture and support impactful interdisciplinary research, generating meaningful regional, national and international socio-economic benefit.
  • Knowledge exchange

    We work with and support over 7500 businesses across the UK.
  • Public engagement

    We are passionate about sharing our research, and working alongside, local communities and the wider public.
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Our academics

Dr Sean Gammon
Reader in Leisure and Tourism Management
Professor Sue Smith
Director, Centre for SME and Enterprise Development
Professor Steven Rhoden
Dean of School of Business
Dr Mark Wilding
Lecturer in Human Resource Management
Dr Philip Kostov
Reader in Quantitative Economics
Professor Philip B Whyman
Professor of Economics
Dr Rami Salem
Senior Lecturer
Dr Douglas Martin
Senior Lecturer
Dr Muhammad Usman
Senior Lecturer
Dr Alison Hollinrake
Lecturer in Leadership and Management
Dr Andy Clarke
Senior Lecturer in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
Dr Awasha Atiega
Dr Cheryl Gordon
Senior Lecturer
Dr Gabriella Fardhiyanti
Lecturer in Business and Management Research Methods
Dr Iram Tahir
Lecturer in Strategy
Pam Monks
Dr Sanjib Sherpa
Lecturer in Business, Accounting & Finance
Becki Cross
Joe Riordan
Senior Lecturer
Matthew Briggs
Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing
Paul Stackhouse
Lecturer in Business and Management
Peter Short
Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Employability
Stewart Ellis
Lecturer in Professional Development and Employability