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Southampton Business School

Research strategy

At Southampton Business School our research strategy is to build on our well-established expertise in the quantitative modelling of business and management problems, while broadening our scope to develop related areas within the business and management canon. Our mission is to combine rigour with relevance to produce research of international standing. We cover all areas of management and business studies including management science, finance and banking, accounting, information systems, human resource management, organisation behaviour, marketing, strategy and entrepreneurship, supply chain management, operations management and quantitative methods.

Our aim is to make a significant contribution to theoretical developments across this broad set of disciplines and to solve problems of concern to commerce, industry, the public sector and society in general. The wide cross-section of disciplines within the Business School provides disciplinary homes for individuals as well as serving to coordinate teaching and administration.

Our departments provide the forum and focus for cross-disciplinary research and supplement coordination of single disciplinary research afforded by the disciplinary groups.

The research strategy of the Business School feeds into our education strategy through research-led teaching.

Strategic objectives

Our research strategy has the following key objectives:

The School's research is characterised by a synthesis of quantitative decision sciences (for example in risk analysis) in the context of intra and inter-organisational activities, drivers and relationships (such as emotional intelligence, leadership, team working, change management, supply networks), coupled with professional stewardship of resources within the organisation (for example, international banking).

Specific research initiatives develop from research centres, individuals and groups, across the range of subject areas and we believe that we have an excellent and recognised record in the creation of innovative research and new research centres to support new initiatives.


Collaboration is a key aspect of the University’s research activity; at Southampton Business School joint working is integral to many of our research projects.

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