Our centres and institutes cut across all aspects of business and management and bring together academics from many different disciplines and fields in the true spirit of interdisciplinary research. They combine theoretical rigour with practical policy relevance, resulting in research that is relevant to academics, students and practitioners.
Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
Is a world-leading centre of excellence in the study of science, technology and innovation policy and management. Its research, teaching and engagement activities build on many years of expertise, based upon a guiding principle of excellence, both in terms of academic rigour and societal relevance.
The Institute focuses on the following four key themes:
Innovation Management and Competitiveness
The significance of innovation as a source of competitiveness and as a driver of industrial dynamics is widely recognised. However, innovation itself is ever-changing.
Emerging Technology, Dynamics and Governance
Its work around Responsible Research and Innovation combines with its work around the analysis of emerging technologies and their role in business strategies.
Science, Technology and Innovation, Policy & Organisations
Public policy in science, technology and innovation can reduce market and system failures, shape markets and stimulate knowledge creation and innovation.
System Transitions and Societal Challenges
Climate change, energy security, transport and resource efficiency, food safety and environmentally friendly production have all become key areas of innovation studies.
The Productivity Institute, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brings together world-leading experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, working directly with policymakers and businesses to better understand, measure, and enable improvements in productivity across the whole of the UK, with the aim to improve living standard and well-being.
Sustainable Consumption Institute
The Sustainable Consumption Institute is comprised of academics from Alliance Manchester Business School and the Schools of Social Science and Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester.
The SCI’s research agenda explores how consumption and production systems can be ‘reconfigured’ in order to transition towards less-resource intensive ways of life.
The Institute has established a distinctive programme of social scientific research with the following key characteristics:
- A focus on consumption. Placing consumption in the foreground of research allows us to focus on understanding human needs, values, practices and habits.
- Socio-technical system innovation. Treating production and consumption as systems focuses attention on the relationships between everyday practices, technology, markets, industries, infrastructure, policy and regulation.
- Politics for a sustainable society. How sustainability discourses are framed, how they relate to everyday practices, and how a wide range of political actors interact across production and consumption systems.
- Advancing the evidence base. By developing novel and multiple methodological techniques the SCI seeks to make a distinctive contribution to the framing and content of the policy evidence base.
Our academics make a distinctive contribution to this intellectual agenda, especially through the study of innovation, sustainability and system transition.
SCI research also makes a significant contribution to our teaching activity. Two new courses have recently been introduced – a Global MBA on Sustainable Business and a University College Course on Innovation for a Sustainable Society – while the SCI also provides content for the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, and for the recently launched MOOC entitled ‘Managing Responsibly’.
Work and Equalities Institute
The agenda of the Work and Equalities Institute is to identify and promote the conditions for more inclusive and fair work and employment arrangements.
The Institute develops world-leading interdisciplinary research, focused around four key themes: business transformation and work futures, fair treatment at work, inequalities and the life course, and regulation and representation.
Centre for the Analysis of Investment Risk (A&F)
Encompasses research relevant to the professional needs of private, institutional and corporate investors in both domestic and international markets. Its research combines theoretical rigour with practical policy relevance.
Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre (MSM)
A world leading centre of research excellence in the areas of Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems.