Queen's University Management School

Richard Harrison, Head of Queen's University Management School
Richard Harrison, Head of Queen's University Management School

The establishment of a world-class centre for postgraduate and executive education and leadership development, and a major research project related to food safety and traceability are just two areas of work from within Queen’s University Management School.

Funding from the last RAE in 2001, along with additional investment by Queen’s, has seen the School almost double in size.

This increase has led to new research in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, supply chain management, and the modeling of economic activity. This sits alongside existing research on workplace change, industrial relations, financial institutions and markets and governance and performance measurement, with all of these areas significantly influencing business, society and public policy.

Speaking after the RAE results were made available, Richard Harrison, Head of Queen’s University Management School, said; “Recent appointments to Queen’s University Management School have proven successful and are making a major contribution to the analysis and improvement of management and organisational performance across a wide range of sectors nationally and internationally.

“Over the next five years, building on the results of the latest RAE exercise, Queen's University Management School will continue to invest heavily in research that deepens our understanding of management, business, organizations and the economy, improves the quality of management practice and in so doing contributes to the development of a more prosperous, competitive and sustainable economy. A key element of the School’s strategy will be the establishment of a world-class centre for postgraduate and executive education focused on leadership development across all sectors of the economy.”

The School is also involved in a major research project (ASSET) related to food safety and traceability along with colleagues from the Institute of Agri-Food and Land use at Queen’s.

Queen’s University Management School has developed expertise in supply chain management and logistics, and will focus on the particular supply chain issues prevalent in the Agri-Food Sector.

This research will be closely linked to the industrial partners in the project (Moy Park, Dunbia and Dale Farm) and to the developing supply chain research group within the Smurfit Business School at University College Dublin. This research will develop a new approach to supply chain management and logistics in the agri-food sector, support and enhance future food forensic technologies and develop a better understanding of markets and consumers via choice modelling. This project will ultimately lead to increased profitability within the NI agri-food sector.

On a wider-European front, following recent concerns about the development of sustainable and green management practices, interdisciplinary research from the School, linked to Queen’s Institute for a Sustainable World (ISW) is leading approaches to management and the measurement of performance that takes full account of environmental and social concerns.

Companies are more and more confronted with the need to operate in a sustainable way and contribute to sustainable development: while striving for economic prosperity corporate decision makers are being faced with taking into account the environmental and social consequences of their business.

Only companies that consider environmental, social and economic capital in their decisions can create truly sustainable value.

Researchers from Queen’s University Management School in cooperation with partners from Germany and France have developed the first value-based methodology to allow companies to assess and manage their sustainability performance in financial terms.

The sustainability performance of more than 150 companies has already been assessed in detail and researchers have increasingly helped businesses to use the Sustainable Value approach for the measurement and management of their sustainability performance. This allows companies to identify and quantify in financial terms their environmental and social performance and impact and provides a powerful tool to improve not only economic but also environmental and social and add sustainable value to the business.

Research in Sustainable Value has generated in excess of €2.5 million of research funding for Queen's University Management School and its research partners in more than 10 European countries.

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