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NBS Departments

The subject diversity of Newcastle Business School, part of the Faculty of Business and Law, facilitates inter-discipline exchange of ideas and collaboration between staff across the functional business areas and departments, with an overview of the approach described below.

Corporate and Executive Development

Thumb External BuildingThe Corporate and Executive Development Department has long established and close working relationships with a range of regional, national and international client organisations including BAE Systems, Procter and Gamble, NHS, Capita and Zurich Finance. These partnerships include collaborating on research-informed and bespoke accredited awards, Continual Professional Development (CPD) and consultancy activity.   

We have particular specialisms in the areas of executive development, leadership and management development, strategic management, design and innovation, public sector management and governance, leading change, cultural management and regeneration, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Staff within the Department (many of whom hold professional body accreditations) contribute to the regional government agenda through their research in developments in public management, leadership and ’localism’ in the public sector; public participation and policy and sustainable regional development. The focus of our research is practical and applied, and aims to add value to our business partners. Our client-centred approach enables us to solve real business problems with the aim to improve organisational effectiveness. 

Other work considers innovative local government approaches to generating income in a challenging economic environment. 

Research underpinning a number of our Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)s focuses on start-up development, international business expansion, marketing, branding and new product/service introduction strategies in relation to both SMEs as well as multinationals.

Business and Management 

Thumb People IntThe Department’s supportive research environment has seen colleagues publishing world-leading research in globally and internationally-leading journals across a range of areas: innovation, strategic management, ethics, gender and leadership, technology management and innovation, supply chain management, tourism and economic development and sustainability, entrepreneurship, marketing management (including e-marketing and digital space), community and regional development, governance, and international business. 

The Department is ranked in the top ten UK universities for Business Ethics Research. Our research into gender (women at work), identity (becoming a manager/leader), leadership and diversity (gender, disability, race) in organisations and management is developing an international reputation. Challenging traditional boundaries and developing innovative theory are hallmarks of the departmental research. 

The impact on national policy has been significant. Researchers regularly engage with organisational clients such as  Sage UK plc, professional associations and bodies such as the CIPD) and UK Women on Boards, and with the media. The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Reuters, Telegraph and the BBC are just a few of the media outlets that have showcased colleagues for their research and its impact.  Academic and grant awards for research scholars have been received by colleagues from globally recognised institutions  such as the British Academy of Management, and the Academy of Management. 

Accounting and Financial Management

Thumb Economics DeskThe Department’s supportive research environment has seen colleagues publishing world-leading research in globally and internationally leading journals across a range of areas including corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and voluntary disclosure, socially sustainable investment, environmental accounting and reporting, risk reporting and compliance, board composition, money laundering and asset recovery, criminal finance and fraud. 

The collective research and engagement profile of our department puts us in a strong position to compete with other accounting and finance departments across leading UK business schools. Consistent with our mission, research is business-focussed and practice-relevant, and drives our academic excellence The impact from our research on national policy has been significant. Researchers have developed strong working relationships with a range of organisations in particular with the professional accounting bodies and with banks and fund managers operating in the region.  The Department is supported by its own Advisory Panel drawn from these institutions and bodies.

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