We produce innovative and world-class research that influences management strategies and practices and addresses current challenges such as sustainability and responsible leadership.

The breadth of research at Kent Business School creates a dynamic learning environment, where you can focus on your own area of interest, but also learn from those who have expertise in fields related to your work.

Research undertaken in the School influences the development of theoretical knowledge in disciplines such as finance, business and management, with many of our staff writing text-books used at undergraduate and Master's level. Our research also impacts directly on all of our lives through innovation in areas such as logistics, better understanding of consumer needs, and improved employee relations.

Our academic staff are a very international group, who bring to the School not just academic expertise but also cultural knowledge that proves invaluable to our students.

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Research centres

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Anglo-Chinese Business and Management Centre

Forging links between Kent and leading institutions and businesses in China.

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The Centre for Employment, Competitiveness and Growth

Helping SMEs to develop leadership skills and improve employee relations and output.

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The Centre for Quantitative Finance

Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policymakers.

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The Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation

Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.

Our research: Making a difference

As a School, we conduct high-quality research across the fields of finance, business and management.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • accounting – public sector or critical accounting; accounting history
  • finance – derivatives pricing and risk management; financial econometrics; international banking; financial regulation; corporate finance; asset pricing and real-estate modelling
  • management science – wide-ranging research in operational research and systems thinking
  • marketing – marketing strategy and performance; product development and innovation; buyer behaviour; management of supply chains and market delivery systems
  • people, management and organisation – human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership
  • strategy and international business – corporate social responsibility; international strategic alliances; international business in Central and Eastern Europe; management of multinational enterprises; management of not-for-profit ogranisations.

Our research extends business knowledge and produces innovative and sustainable solutions to organisational challenges. As a forward-looking school, we are always working to ensure that our research has a positive impact, not just within business but in the wider world. For example, Dr Adolf Acquaye's research uses state-of-the-art methods to help companies assess their environmental impact.

Our research projects have attracted substantial funding from sources such as the Economic and Social Research Council and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. We have also worked directly with companies including Priority Freight and the Port of Dover.

Our staff are recognised as being at the forefront of their fields and their expertise has been sought by bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, the FT Trading Room, Kent County Council and Medway Council.

Visit our people page to discover more about our academic staff, their interests and activities, and how to contact them.

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