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Research at Kingston Business School

The research culture in Kingston Business School is led by our community of independent scholars. Our experienced researchers frequently drive projects with external partners and funders. Working alongside are our early career research staff who are also forging ahead and establishing new connections in their own right.

Our doctoral students bring a critical perspective to issues of significance for businesses operating in an increasingly complex environment, a situation calling for astute responses to address the challenges and exploit new opportunities.

Research activity is embedded in all academic departments of the AACSB accredited Kingston Business School – across Accounting, Finance and Informatics; Management; and Strategy, Marketing and Innovation. Further, our dedicated research centres and groups provide focal points for research in more specific areas and a network of internal and external collaborators for our academics.

The Small Business Research Centre alone has accumulated expertise over 30 years; 2016 UK business population estimates indicate that of the total number of businesses approximately 99 per cent have fewer than 50 employees – with the proportion of small and medium size enterprises comparably significant worldwide the importance of study and understanding of this category continues.

The interests of our academics and our responses to issues of importance in the world underpin our research groupings and wider research. Cross-cutting themes within Kingston Business School include entrepreneurship/innovation and behaviour research, while a global perspective is also prominent.

Excellence and sharing insights

As well as publishing in top journals and via a range of media many of our academics are editors and board members for diverse journals in the field and thereby enhance our experience as well as our external facing dialogue and influence.

Our academics are keen to share their work to ensure that emerging insights are benefited from as widely as possible and many provide consultancy services to business and governmental organisations. A busy programme of events provides many opportunities for showcasing work and further opportunities for collaboration. Our community frequently welcomes guest speakers offering new angles from which to view issues of significance for business research. Most of our events are open for participation by anyone interested, both internally and externally.

In the latest UK research assessment exercise, the Research Excellence Framework 2014, two-thirds of our research activity was classified as internationally excellent or world-leading. Our research impact was particularly strong - on average almost 90 per cent was found to be of this high standard. These results place Kingston Business School among the top 50 in the country.

While scholarly engagement within Kingston Business School undoubtedly contributes to the academic vibrancy of the university helping to engender our culture as well as shape world-relevant and interesting learning and teaching agendas and the professional development of our research community members, our business research also contributes to a meaningful impact on the economy, society and the environment.

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