Making the impact case for management research; 16 research projects and their business impact

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This pamphlet summarises 16 research projects in the management subject-area which have helped improve efficiency, support small businesses and promote good employee relations in the UK. Projects include how Tata – the largest manufacturer in the UK and owner of Jaguar Land Rover, British Steel and Tetley Tea – used research in innovation to help foster innovation across its businesses, Toyota’s use of the LEAN approach, Kent Business School’s joint venture which assists small food manufacturers and farmers, Kingston University Business School’s research with Workspace Group PLC, Plymouth University’s work with Falmouth Harbour Commission and the Technology Strategy Board, Henley Business School’s work with the National Audit Office on retaining expertise, Cranfield University’s work with the emergency services to help them respond better to extreme events, and Imperial’s work on raising finance for small business, among others.

It is the sixth report in a series promoting the work of social scientists published by the Academy of the Social Sciences.


Citation from the foreword:

“Business Schools, as major sites of inter-disciplinary social science research and teaching, are well placed to address some of the key issues of our times. For instance, the impacts of globalisation and financialisation on the roles of the state, corporate elites and cross-national organisations in shaping the contexts of economies and societies are central in current research being conducted by scholars from accounting, finance, economics and organisation studies. Approaches to organising and managing our public services, effective development of social enterprises, contribution of medium enterprises to growth, the production and consumption of knowledge, organising employees to contribute to innovative, high-value added activities, the development and management of networked organisations, are all features of a vibrant research landscape involving social science researchers in business schools, often in collaboration with other academics, businesses and policymakers.
From econometric modelling to the study of organizational narratives, business schools are amongst the most diverse social science departments in our universities. The UK has considerable strength in terms of academic research across this range and its leading schools are prominent on the international stage.
Alongside this academic excellence, management researchers are active in engaging with practitioners, working with them to solve problems, providing new insights from the evidence that they have gathered, and challenging taken-for-granted assumptions in order to open up new possibilities. Sometimes the beneficiaries are big businesses who find news ways to improve their operations, performance and profits. But management researchers in the UK are not solely interested in the corporate world. UK business schools are home to a range of disciplinary approaches and encompass both critical and mainstream orientations. As befits the breadth of research conducted in business schools, the beneficiaries are therefore diverse and widespread.”





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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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