Research is at the heart of The Open University Business School, underpinning all our activities from teaching to consultancy, advisory and policy work.
Our mission is to undertake user-focused research in the fields of business, management, accounting and finance that is intellectually leading, meets international standards of excellence and provides a strong evidence base to inform practice.
We pursue research that involves extensive engagement with professional practice and delivers a real and lasting impact in areas of policy and practice that bring wider benefits to society. We also lead the way in pioneering new ideas in management education, including our internationally-recognised practice-based approach to professional learning and our use of digital media.
Our research activity focuses on four research centres and a number of research clusters, and we play an active role in University-wide strategic research. We attract active research staff of the highest calibre, encourage mentoring and development of colleagues’ research capabilities, and offer exciting research opportunities for full-time and part-time students who join our vibrant and growing Research Degrees Programme.
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