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Research is at the heart of our success, and has the power to transform lives.
Lancaster University Management School is a collegial, multidisciplinary and innovative management research institution. We aspire to be world-leading in all our research activities by developing, recruiting and retaining world-leading researchers. We embed research into every aspect of our activities and through this, achieve significant impact for all our stakeholders.
LUMS has built a 20-year reputation for research of exceptional quality as attested to by our performance in the RAE/REF since 1996. The School’s long-term commitment to developing research of the highest quality has encouraged a research culture with four distinctive features:
LUMS has developed organisational processes to ensure that academic staff have the time, resources, organisational support and collegial environment necessary to undertake research of excellent quality such as significant dedicated research time, targeted resources and incentives, and excellent research support both locally and centrally.
Research within LUMS is led by our Associate Dean for Research, Professor Konstantinos Zografos, and our dedicated team of research colleagues.
The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) results in 2014 demonstrated that Lancaster University Management School is the most research intensive business school in the UK. We have built a 20-year reputation for research excellence through our performance in this measure since 1996.
Lancaster University Management School was ranked 1st in the UK for 'research power'.
80% of LUMS research was rated internationally excellent or world-leading.
We were rated joint 1st for research environment, demonstrating the vitality and sustainability of our research.
Fundamental to our research culture at LUMS is an active and embedded PhD programme, which has been recognised by the FT as one of the best in Europe. Excellence in supervision, training and support of research students is at the centre of our focus. Research students are located in our academic departments and are an integral part of the research environment in LUMS.
We have ten core Research Centres focusing on delivering impact in key areas, and the Work Foundation which aims to shape the future of work.
Our research initiatives extend across multiple departments and subject areas within LUMS, delivering innovative approaches to research.
Our completed research areas underpin our strong reputation for research excellence, and have played a vital role in our REF performance to date.
Find out more about how our groundbreaking research is making its mark on business, industry and the wider community.
Darren Dalcher has been collecting examples of project failures for decades. Taking a more ‘grown-up’ approach to what really constitutes success and failure, he argues, will be critical for ensuring better outcomes for the kinds of major projects that aﬀect entire nations.
Cyberpunk author William Gibson said that the “future is already here –it’s just not very evenly distributed.” It’s spot on when it comes to British manufacturing and services industries and their adoption of new technologies that have the potential to transform levels of productivity. Martin Spring sets out how new initiatives will help more businesses join the future.
In the late 1990s we believed that bigger bandwidth would bring about the ‘death of distance’; global business collaboration without the need for overseas trips and endless meetings. Instead, international business travel and the scale of its carbon footprint continues to grow. James Faulconbridge explains why travel will only be reduced through new ways of organising how we work.
The Uk’s creative industries are set to expand at just the same rate as STeM industries and will need even more people than STeM. At a time when arts subjects are in decline in schools and He, where are the creatives going to be coming from? Heather Carey explains how The Work Foundation is helping the sector get a grip on the challenges and make our creative industries the heart of a new world of good work.
It’s diﬃcult for employers to impose artiﬁcial limits on digital working and tell people how to use technology. For some, a working life plugged into IT devices is both inevitable and liberating; for others the ‘dark side’ of using IT is obvious. Instead of enforcing formal policies, as some companies have tried to do, employers and employees increasingly have a joint responsibility for developing tactics that ensure a new brand of digital work/life balance, argues Monideepa Tarafdar.
Rather than the slow and painful death of High Street shopping, we might well be witnessing it’s rebirth. Turning their stores into eﬃcient transaction factories has been the undoing of many large retailers, argues Duncan Angwin. Instead, new enterprises have the opportunity to reclaim the High Street and bring back the fun, sociability and romance that shoppers have been missing for so long.
"What's exciting about Lancaster is that it encourages interdisciplinary and cross-field research. This enables us to sometimes take more innovative approaches and do something a little different to the mainstream."
Dr Katy Mason, Department of Marketing
Discover our events, seminars and conferences taking place throughout the year.
Saturday 2 March 2019, 10:30am to Saturday 6 April 2019, 3:30pm
Wednesday 27 March 2019, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Friday 5 April 2019, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Friday 10 May 2019, 10:15am to 11:30am
Monday 13 May 2019, 9:00am to Tuesday 14 May 2019, 5:30pm
Monday 20 May 2019, 9:30am to 4:00pm
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