University of Exeter: Business and Management

InstitutionUniversity of Exeter View institution profile
Department Business
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Study type Research


**Management and organisation studies**
Research into management at the School tackles a very broad range of subjects, covering all sub-disciplines within the faculty. The department is currently enjoying significant investment – adding to already excellent facilities and attracting more leading academics to the fold.

Specific research strengths include organisational studies, operations management and strategy, entrepreneurship, and marketing and consumer research. There is also a growing trend of research into sustainability issues in management, and the department is home to one of only two research centres in the UK that focuses on service as a major topic.

These are some of the topics we are currently researching:

- Business, nature and value

- Service organisation management

- The tales top bosses tell to keep ahead of the game

- Operations and strategy in micro-businesses

- Strategy in conflict and developing country environments

- Effective business strategies

- ‘Servitization’ and how to develop it

- The social context of markets

- Events management

- Small businesses and entrepreneurship

- How can we engage people in learning and discovery?

- Workplace equality / diversity

- Organisational storytelling

- Venture capital and high tech young firms

- The process of innovation

- Retail innovation

- Tourism, supermarkets, faith-based institutions and Cadburys

The Business School is at the cutting edge of research into leadership. Faculty interests range from applied evaluation of leadership development processes, to the philosophical underpinnings of modern leadership, and we have some of the most respected academics working here. We link our excellence to the real world via accredited post-experience Masters programmes.

We encourage well-rounded theoretical research among each other and our PGR students. We take pride in the quality of our publications and our positive influence on leadership thinking.

These are some the topics we are currently researching:

- Informal leadership more influential for academics says new research

- Leading FTSE companies: a continuing study of corporate directing

- The gender pay gap in managerial positions

- “Leadership is one of the most talked about yet misunderstood concepts in business and management”

- How can we develop leadership and procurement skills for climate change?

- Leadership – relating to ethics, innovation and change

- How do teams ‘do teamwork’?

If you’re interested in studying for an MPhil/PhD in Management but don't already have a Master’s degree, please take a look at our MRes Management programme.

Sponsorship info

The University of Exeter offers over a hundred PhD studentships annually. The majority are advertised in the Winter/Spring for entry the following September. For information on how to fund your research degree, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.

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We are a Russell Group university ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings). We score particularly highly for ‘international outlook’ and the University welcomes staff and students from over 130 countries. The experience of our overseas students is second to none: in 2017 we won the ‘International Student Choice’ award (WhatUni).

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  • 98 per cent of our research is of international quality and we have world-leading research and impact in all subjects (REF 2014)
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