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Southampton Business School

Our Impact

Southampton Business School (SBS)’s vision is to transform business and society for the better. This mission reflects SBS’s desire to broaden its influence on business and society, in the local community of Southampton, the region of Hampshire and globally, to make a sustainable impact in the world.

Results of REF 2014 show that 84% of Southampton’s research activity is considered of internationally excellent or world-leading quality, placing the University once again among the top 20 leading research institutions in the country.

At Southampton Business School, 75% of our research was rated as being of internationally excellent or world-leading quality in REF 2014.

Some examples of ways in which our research is transforming business and society for the better globally are by:

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Riaising public awarness on the impact of negative news

Constructive Journalism: supporting positive, solutions-based news reporting

Our research into experiential learning has raised public awareness of the adverse effect of the dominance of negative news. The work has influenced leading media organisations to engage millions in a more constructive, solutions-focused approach to journalism.

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Embedding sustainable practices across the haircare sector

Embedding sustainable practices across the haircare sector

Our research into greener products and practices in hairdressing has influenced sector recommendations and training, resulting in substantial water and energy savings for hairdressers in the UK and overseas.

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National Oral Health Survey Sri Lanka
National Oral Health Survey Sri Lanka 2015-16. Colombo: Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (Sri Lanka), 2018

Healthcare workforce planning in Sri Lanka

Our operational research models are being used by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health for planning the recruitment and training of health professionals, particularly dentists, leading to oral health improvements in the country and a decrease in unemployed qualified dental professionals.

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ISE Explorer being deployed in the Arctic for project Cornerstone missions in 2010.
ISE Explorer being deployed in the Arctic for project Cornerstone missions in 2010.

Improved risk management for marine autonomous vehicles

Through collaborations with world-leading manufacturers of unmanned vessels and the Canadian Government, our research on the risk and reliability of marine autonomous systems has resulted in economic and geopolitical impact.

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Sustainability Reporting in Uganda
Sustainability Reporting in Uganda

Sustainability Reporting in Uganda

Our research into the challenges of corporate sustainability reporting in developing countries has led to a huge uptake in sustainability reporting in Ugandan organisations.

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The relocation of the clinics in Hampshire

Transforming the management of healthcare with Operational Research

Our innovative use of operational research within the NHS has increased efficiency, reduced costs, and maintained and improved the quality of patient care and services.

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