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UoA 19 Business and Management Studies

Cardiff Business School was ranked 6th in the UK for the quality of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Only 'Golden Triangle' (Oxbridge and London) schools are placed higher among more than 100 business schools in the UK. With this result, Cardiff becomes one of only two business schools in the UK to be ranked in the top ten in each of the Government’s five assessment exercises since 1992. Our research environment is rated the highest in the UK. From critical analyses of economic policy in the aftermath of the global financial crisis to ensuring fair compensation for accident victims, Cardiff Business School’s innovative and multidisciplinary research addresses the grand challenges facing business and organisations.

Quality level 4 3 2 1 UC
Overall 43.0% 43.0% 13.0% 1.0% 0.0%
Outputs 27.2% 50.7% 20.3% 1.8% 0.0%
Impact 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment 100.0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
About the REF

Cardiff Business School's researchers produce around 550 research outputs each year. Independent assessment by the Times Higher put the Business School in the UK Top Ten for combined Business & Management and Economics citations per paper over the period 2000-10.

Our research is organised around five sections: Accounting and Finance, Economics, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Operations Management, and Marketing and Strategy.

We are home to a number of research groups and our academics play key roles in a number of cross-University institutes and centres, including the Welsh Institute for Social and Economic Research Methods and Data (WISERD), the Public Policy Institute for Wales and the Sustainable Places Institute (PLACE).

Five key features give us a distinctive character:

  • focus on innovative theoretical and conceptual development
  • application of critical social science to the examination of key issues in economy and society
  • long-term commitment to interdisciplinary and  multi-method empirical research
  • emphasis on international comparative research
  • long-standing engagement with policy debates and practical applications of high quality academic research

Through investment in outstanding researchers, we continue to support areas of key strengths, such as public management, critical and interdisciplinary accounting, critical management studies and employment relations.

We have made senior appointments in corporate finance, CSR, international management, operational research and supply chain sustainability.

Looking to the future, our academics will be playing an integral role in the development of the world's first Social Science Research Park, a £30 million investment in the social sciences.

Case studies

Town hall sign

Does size matter in local government?

Exploring how local authorities deliver services and whether their size will be relevant in the future.

People walking on Welsh hills

The real economic and environmental impact of tourism in Wales

New research helps us understand the true value of tourism in the country.

Image of a teenager suffering from whiplash following a car accident

Fairer compensation for victims of personal injury accidents

Research from Cardiff Business School highlights under-compensation for injured claimants, and points towards a fairer means of compensation for injury victims.

Centres and groups

Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability Sustainability and Society (BRASS),Established in 2001, BRASS was an ESRC-funded interdisciplinary research centre combining expertise from Cardiff University's Business School, Law School, and School of Geography and Planning.
Centre for Local and Regional Government Research (CLRGR)Acknowledged internationally as a leading site for research on local government policy and public service improvement. It conducts rigorous, policy relevant research on the governance and management of local public services.
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems at Cardiff (CAMSAC)CAMSAC is an interdisciplinary research centre set up to build directly on Cardiff's existing strong reputation for internationally leading manufacturing related research.
Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organizational Performance (SKOPE)The aim of the Centre is to examine the links between the acquisition and use of skills and knowledge, product market strategies and performance.
Welsh Institute for Social and Economic Research Methods and Data (WISERD)Provides a model of all-Wales Higher Education Institution collaboration. WISERD has collated and analysed existing socio-economic data, developed new qualitative and quantitative methodological tools, and provided new data sets on Wales at national and local levels.
Sustainable Places Research InstituteA meeting place for world-leading sustainability science, focussed on exploring innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.

Overall ranking

Pos. Institution GPA
1 London School of Economics & Political Science 3.46
2 University of Cambridge 3.44
3 Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 3.40
4 University of Oxford 3.36
5 London Business School 3.29
6 Cardiff University 3.28
7 The City University 3.23
8 University of Bath 3.20
9 University of Leeds 3.18
10 University of Strathclyde 3.17

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