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Research highlights of 2018

Throughout the year our world-leading academics tackled many of the most prescient and significant issues that the world faces today.

In the spring issue of our research magazine we had a particular focus on the growth of financial technology and discussed how academics from across the School were now working in areas such as blockchain technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), data mining and machine learning - technologies which collectively will transform not just business but everyday life.

Another subject that is never out of the news is automation and the impact that it will also have on our lives. In their commentary Tony Dundon and Debra Howcroft debunked some of the myths that have built up around the automation revolution, and discussed whether all the changes were actually for the better.

Policy impact

Delivering research with real policy impact is a cornerstone of Alliance MBS, and during the year our research continued to have a significant policy impact across a range of disciplines.

For instance Konstantinos Stathopoulos’ research is helping shape the debate around the new UK Corporate Governance Code, while the work of Anne Stafford has contributed to the national debate around the future of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

Healthcare is another area where our research has had a longstanding policy impact and continues to inform thinking and policy within the NHS, while in 2018 we also celebrated the opening of our new Work and Equalities Institute headed by Jill Rubery.

Business engagement

In the autumn issue of our research magazine we interviewed head of business engagement Richard Allmendinger about the growing demand for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships across AMBS.

We also reported on Joseph Lampel’s research into the ‘John Lewis' model of business ownership while Jonatan Pinkse, the new director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, discussed his award-winning paper looking at why companies are not responding quickly enough to the threat of global warming.

In this issue we also featured the work of Prof Karel Williams and colleagues who have been looking at Manchester’s economic transformation over the last 20 years, while we also reported on a major seminar we hosted with the British Academy looking at the future of the corporation and how globalisation, technology and automation are conspiring to widen the economic and social gaps in society.