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

You can get a flavour of our recent activity in these three themes by clicking on the relevant page links above.

In addition to our thematic approach, we also promote and undertake excellent research and knowledge exchange in the disciplines of accounting and finance, economic studies and management and marketing.  These disciplines act as a home for research centres, including:

  • The Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)
  • The Dundee Health Economics Group (DHEG)
  • The Centre for Qualitative Research in Finance

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, research centres or discipline areas.  To help you understand more about our research and knowledge exchange activity, you might want to have a look at our most Research and Knowledge Exchange report, covering the period 2014-2017.

View our research projects