Liverpool Business School Research

Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.

Our research is concerned with important contemporary business and management issues, it’s multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the School’s areas of special expertise. This approach is evident not only in our research but in PhDs and in some of the taught courses we offer or have designed for clients. Our main areas of research expertise include:

  • Entrepreneurship and small businesses
  • Public management
  • Evaluation research
  • Research with practitioners

Our expertise in Entrepreneurship is based on research specifically in this area, including the specialist topics of ‘rural entrepreneurship’, ‘sustainability’ and ‘graduate start-ups’. This expertise is also applied to the design and delivery of our BA Business Management undergraduate degree and a Masters in Entrepreneurship, which we hope to be offering in September 2013.

Our ‘Centre for Public Services Management’ helps us to focus our research expertise in public management, and we work with public bodies regionally and elsewhere to build our research base and put theory into practice.

The School’s vast experience in public management culminated in an important British Council Project with the Turkish Government in 2009/2010. Liverpool Business School worked with the Public Administration Institute for Turkey and the Middle East (TODAIE) on a project to scope out priority areas for public administration reforms in Turkey. The project was funded by UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The OECD has recently invited Liverpool Business School to send an academic to speak in a Session on Strategic Management of the State which is part of the OECD Global Forum on Better Governance for Inclusive Growth which takes place in Paris on the 21 November. This further demonstrates the School’s positive reputation for thought leadership and academic research in this important area.

Liverpool Business School is also very successful in relation to the teaching of postgraduate research students. We have two thriving programmes in this area:

  • Doctorate in Business Administration (professional doctorate) DBA
  • PhD programme

The DBA is a doctoral programme that focuses on new and emerging research which can be of value to the business community. It is ideal for experienced managers who are already educated to a Masters level and is an ideal progression for those with an MBA who wish to study for the highest possible qualification. In 2012 we began the third cohort of our DBA, with the first cohort nearing successful completion comprising people from civil servants to business people from Bahrain and neighbouring countries.

Our PhD programme is also thriving. In the last two years we have had 28 students successfully complete their PhDs, with a large proportion of the students coming to Liverpool from outside of the UK. This record is testament not only to the excellent research supervision skills within Liverpool Business School but also our reputation for top-class research output.

We have an exceptionally exciting future at the Liverpool Business School. In September 2012 we moved into our new, purpose-built £38m Redmonds Building facility. This imposing five storey building, based in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter (Clarence St/Brownlow Hill), houses a state-of-the art postgraduate suite, the latest in learning enhancement technologies and brings together the Liverpool Business School, School of Law and Liverpool Screen School into one building. This will enhance cross-discipline working and will ultimately be a hub for excellence in learning and development.

Please browse these research pages to find out about our staff, students, news and events.

Page last modified 02 November 2012.

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