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Dundee’s reputation for research in business and management has its roots in the pioneering work of Ronald Coase, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, whose most famous work was an explanation of why firms exist, published in  ‘The Nature of the Firm’ (1937).  His work had an enormous impact not only on theory but also on policy and practice.  This emphasis on useful knowledge is a defining feature of the work we currently do in the new School of Business.

In 2016, we revitalised our mission for research and knowledge exchange in the School of Business.  This mission aligns closely with the research agenda for the School of Social Science and the University’s transformation agenda in being interdisciplinary and practical. Thus we aspire to be known locally, nationally and internationally by students, our academic peers, and the business, public services and relevant professional communities for internationally-excellent and innovative research & knowledge exchange that transforms lives. Our mission informs what research and knowledge exchange activities we engage in and how we engage by reflecting the University core values of ‘valuing people, working together, integrity, making a difference and pursuing excellence’.  

To do so, we have built on existing strengths in the School to create three interdisciplinary and highly practical themes, on which much of our research and knowledge exchange activity is focused.  These themes, which bring together many staff in the School and those in other schools in the University, are:

  • Health, Education and Well-being
  • Governance, Leadership, Innovation and Change
  • Money, Markets and Finance

In addition to our thematic approach, we also promote and undertake excellent research and knowledge exchange in the disciplines of accounting and finance, including The Centre for Qualitative Research in Finance, economic studies and management and marketing.  

Consequently, we welcome potential PhD students from around the world to apply to us. If you seek to learn and produce useful knowledge related to any of these themes or discipline areas.