Welcome to Research at Worcester Business School

In Worcester Business School, our research focuses on improving the lives of people working in and interacting with organisations. We generate knowledge that not only advances our understanding, but has a practical value on a local, national, and international level. We work with many different organisations, including those in the private, public and third sectors to deliver outcomes that have real-world impact. Our teaching is research-led, ensuring that our students are working with and generating knowledge at the cutting-edge of the discipline.

Our research active staff belong to four research groups: Digital Innovation and Intelligent Systems, Interpersonal Relationships and Wellbeing, ParCeL (Participant Centred Learning in Management Education), and Sustainable Organisations.

Digital Innovation and Intelligent Systems

The  is focused on the application of intelligent systems to real world problems. This incorporates the design, creation and research of technological systems that dynamically respond to the world around them to address practical issues in a wide variety of applied domains. It incorporates computational approaches such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Modelling and Simulation, Data Mining and Pattern Recognition.

Interpersonal Relationships and Wellbeing Research Group

Worcester Business School researchers within the Interpersonal Relationships and Wellbeing research group work within two key themes: Customer Interactions and People and Work. Our colleagues focusing on Customer Interactions aim to understand the complexity surrounding customer interactions within the marketplace through conducting both theoretical and applied research. Colleagues within the People and Work theme engage in the study of workplace relationships. This includes leadership, human resource management and development, as well as the development of individuals in learning and teaching environments, such as universities.

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ParCeL Research Group has the vision to promote participant centred learning in management education through impactful collaborative research. ParCeL focuses on how we understand and deliver impactful teaching and learning in management education and how new signature pedagogies are emerging to re-imagine learner development in new management contexts. The main area of focus for this group examines complex pedagogical questions involving learning, approaches to management education and the learner experience.

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Sustainable Organisations Research Group

The Sustainable Organisations Research Group focuses on the environmental and social sustainability and governance of organisations. It aims to explore and inform the decision-making, systems and processes through which organisations can meet their environmental and social sustainability aspirations and obligations as well as their economic ones. It encompasses corporate social responsibility strategies and practices; the environmental management and auditing of organisations; risk evaluation and management; decision-making; education for sustainability, and business ethics.

To find out more about our research and researchers, please visit the research group web pages using the links above, where you will find more details of our researchers and current projects.

If you are interested in joining us to study a research degree, then please visit our MPhil/PhD and DBA webpages where you will find more information.

If you have any questions please contact the research group lead Dr. Catharine Ross (c.ross@worc.ac.uk)