Research at the Business School

Research at the University of Wolverhampton Business School is based within the Management Research Centre (MRC) - a specialist research centre focussed on providing solutions to current managerial issues relevant to specific professions and/or types of organisations.

Recent highlights

  • An Ernst & Young-funded investigation into the dynamic capabilities of family firms in the UK and China
  • A research project into BME workers in local government, funded by Unison
  • A study of the impact of livestock disease outbreaks on farmers and farming enterprises funded by The Oldacre Foundation
  • A report on communicating corporate governance and shareholder value, commissioned by Jones & Palmer Ltd


Research at the Management Research Centre is focussed on:

  • Improving the capability of small and family businesses
  • Fostering and developing entrepreneurial and innovative activities in local and national firms
  • Promoting knowledge transfer into SMEs 
  • Improving board efficiency and effectiveness
  • Promoting good governance
  • Applying business ethics for business success
  • Improving labour relations in the public and private sectors
  • Causes and consequences of labour management and change
  • Public sector management
  • Encouraging better employment practices

Research areas

There are four key themes to the MRC’s work:

  • Entrepreneurship and small business management – specialises in research on family business, entrepreneurial learning and knowledge transfer and rural entrepreneurship.
  • Corporate governance and ethics – centred on research on board effectiveness, corporate governance systems, normative foundations of corporate governance and firm idiosyncratic risk.
  • HRM and industrial relations - focuses on employee relations in the UK’s public sector, comparative industrial relations, pay and pay determination, and human resource development.
  • International business - with an interest in inequalities in the global economy and foreign investment in the UK.

Find out more about the Management Research Centre (MRC).