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UoA 17 Business and Management Studies

Cardiff Business School is one of only two UK business schools to have maintained the highest possible score for research environment. This outcome reflects our collegial, inclusive and participative culture, and our Public Value ethos, where researchers contribute rigorous, thoughtful and engaged research that impacts their disciplines and wider society.

For REF 2021, we submitted 100 additional researchers compared with 2014. This, combined with a top quartile GPA, puts us 2nd among 108 Business Schools in the UK for research power (an indicator of the scale and quality of our submission)

We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.

Result details

Quality level 4 star % 3 star % 2 star % 1 star % Unclassified %
Overall 45.044.010.01.00.0
Outputs 29.052.018.10.90.0
Impact 50.050.00.00.00.0
Environment100.00.00.00.00.0

Our research environment

A leading international centre for research in Business and Management research, Cardiff Business School is guided by a holistic Public Value ethos. This means co-creating high-quality interdisciplinary education and research that produces social and economic value.

Our critical, theoretically informed and engaged research is key to achieving these Public Value ambitions. Our flagship Grand Challenges - decent work, fair and sustainable economies, future organisations, good governance, and responsible innovation – are reflected in a rich and diverse set of research outputs and impact case studies.

We encourage a collegial, inclusive and participative research environment, where faculty and doctoral students contribute to their disciplines, and to society. Our values reflect important research principles - co-creating knowledge, developing interdisciplinary connections, sustaining a culture of collegiality, and inclusive engagement - that underpin our research activities.

Since REF 2014, our research has been boosted by a 44% increase in research funding and our collective representation on UKRI boards, advisory bodies, learned societies, and almost 100 editorial boards. Our research collaborations have strengthened too, including working with strategic partners Xiamen, Melbourne and Politecnico di Milano and organisations such as the Trades Union Congress, International Labour Organization, Future Generations Commissioner, Institute of Directors, Anti-Slavery International and the Office for National Statistics.

Our longstanding priorities are to sustain our dynamic, inclusive and collegial research environment, while making progress against our Grand Challenge themes. We will also continue to practise a responsible and ethical approach guided by our own research, and that of others.

Discover our research

Our strong and sustainable research community makes distinctive and important contributions to benefit society.

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Research at the Cardiff Business School

We co-create world leading research to help solve global challenges in work, innovation, economies and organisations.

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Impact at the Cardiff Business School

We are focused on maximising the impact of our research to the benefit of a wide-range of stakeholders and, importantly, society as a whole.