We push the boundaries of knowledge, helping organisations and society innovate and thrive.
We undertake theoretical and applied research to investigate key issues and contemporary challenges within businesses, the public sector, not-for-profits and the wider world.
We engage in diverse areas of research, such as emerging markets, firm financing, corporate governance, financial econometrics and gender studies. Our research agenda has an emphasis on sustainability practices, corporate responsibility and key technologies.
We are renowned for our expertise in accounting, finance and banking, organisation studies, human resource management, entrepreneurship and innovation, management and marketing. Our department houses seven research centres and five research groups which organise their work around these key themes.
100% of our business and management research environment is world-leading or internationally excellent and we are ranked 20th in UK for research power in business and management (Times Higher Education research power measure) in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
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Our research and academic structure is focused around five key themes. Building upon our core strengths, these themes provide the focus of our research groups.
Our research centres focus on specific areas of interest, whilst facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond Essex Business School.
Our academic staff also contribute towards the interdisciplinary ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.