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Business environment

This research area is concerned with the economic environment within which business operates. The research includes the examination of: macroeconomic policy choices; the legal and institutional environment; the codes of practice for corporate governance; the internal skills of business management and the ecosystems within which they operate.

Associated research themes

Bankruptcy & insolvency

Board management & risk

Business clusters

Corporate growth

Inter-firm collaboration

Macroeconomic environment

Takeovers, ownership & executive pay

Training & management practices

Associated research projects

Addressing Gender Inequality through Corporate Governance

Agglomerative & Deglomerative Processes & Small Firms Development in Business & Professional Services

Analysis of Middle Market Firms

Analysis of the Relationship between Training & Business Performance

Assessing the Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME Survey)

Bankruptcy Law & Entrepreneurship

Barriers to Innovation & Growth in High Technology SMEs: The Role of Absorptive Capacity

Building a Biomedical Enterprise & Commercialising Science: Entrepreneurial UK Genomics Firms in Comparative Perspective

Building Economic Competitiveness: Lessons from Small Peripheral European States

Business Failure & Macroeconomic Instability

Capability Approach & the Implementation of EU Social Policy Directives

Capright: Resources, Rights & Capabilities in Europe

Competition & Performance

Competition, Takeovers & Investment

Competitiveness & Productivity of the UK Design Engineering Sector

Competitiveness of the UK & its Multinational Companies

Concepts of Insolvency

Contribution of Services & Other Sectors to Australian Productivity Growth 1995-2005

Cooperation, Stakeholder Representation & Business Performance

Corporate Governance & Innovation

Corporate Governance & Investment: An International Research Network

Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance & Economic Performance in Emerging Markets

Corporate Law & Economic Performance

Corporate Rescue: Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

Corporate Responses to Macroeconomic Changes & Shocks

Design Study for a Survey of UK Management Practices

Evaluation of the Golden Key Package Component of the Small Business Initiative Funded by the British Bankers Association

Evolution of Governance Arrangements in the Family Firm

Finance, Training & SME Performance: An Evaluation Study of the Small Business Initiative

Flexible Specialisation, Competitive Advantage & Business Structuring in the UK Computer Industry

Future of Professional Work

Globalising Behaviour of UK Firms in a Comparative Context

Governance of Mutuality

Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small & Medium Sized Enterprises

Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small & Medium Sized Businesses in the Cleaning & Security Sectors

Insolvency & Stakeholding

Institutional Investment & Corporate Accountability

Integrated Knowledge Centre (IKC) Commercialisation Laboratory

International Financial Regulation

International Innovation Benchmarking & the Determinants of Business Success

Knowledge Exchange between Arts & Humanities and the Private, Public & Third Sectors

Knowledge Hub (UK~IRC)

Labour Market Reform & Social Inclusion: The Case of New Zealand, Ireland & Denmark

Learning Factory

Manufacturing Strategy & Competitiveness



Modelling Business Duration & Business Failure

National Small & Medium Sized Business Surveys

Networks, Collective Learning and R&D in Regionally Clustered High-technology Small & Medium-sized Enterprises

New Modes of Innovation: Managerial & Strategic Business Practices & Open Innovation (UK~IRC)

New Product Development Performance in the UK & Japanese Automotive Industries

Northern Ireland SME Benchmarking Survey

Pension Fund Governance & Socially Responsible Investment

Services Innovation & Innovative Performance at the Sector Level (UK~IRC)

SME Finance & Innovation in the Current Economic Crisis

SME Performance & Policy

'Soft Regulation': Conforming with the Principle of 'Comply or Explain'

Spatial Variations in Innovations & Absorptive Capacity

Start-up Finance: A Study of Micro Finance amongst Soft & Hard Companies

Survey of National Health Service Reforms & the Working Lives of Midwives & Physiotherapists

Territorial Clustering & Innovative Milieux: Technology-based Firms in the Cambridge & Oxford Regions

UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC)

UK~IRC & CIHE Task Force: Enhancing Value: Getting the Most out of UK Research

University-Industry Knowledge Exchange: Demand Pull, Supply Push & the Public Space Role of Higher Education Institutions in the UK Regions

Updating Employment Institutions & Governance