Research and Enterprise
Leeds Business School offers a rich portfolio of research and consultancy services that combine academic rigour with practical relevance. Researchers work in multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement research projects to improve policy and practice. In all our work the primary concern is to undertake methodologically sound research, evaluation and consultancy to achieve demonstrable impact. As well as a team of academic-practitioners, our undergraduate and masters level students undertake a range of practical projects for small, medium and large organisations in every sector of the economy each year.
Fact or fiction: Re-writing the text on gender inequalities in communication management Prof Ángeles Moreno and Prof Ralph Tench [Mar 2018]
During our twelve years of studying the annual status of the profession through the European Communication Monitor and the Latin American Communication Monitor, we have also painted a picture of the gender issues in public relations and communication management practice.
Firstly, the feminization of the profession is verified with 59.6 percent of women versus 40.4 percent men in European communication roles and 66.6 percent versus 33.4 percent in Latin America in the samples from 2017. Despite the clear acknowledgement that communication is a profession predominantly occupied by a majority of women, the glass ceiling and transparent salary gap between the genders continues to be highly evident. Women also have less probabilities of holding managerial positions. [Read More]
MentorCERT Dr David Devins [Feb 2018]
Business Mentor Training and Certification
MentorCERT is a transnational project that seeks to improve the quality of business mentors for small businesses. It is a study that engages academia and practitioners in the co-production of a framework to benchmark different levels of mentor expertise that correspond with the different phases of growth and development of small and medium sized enterprises.
The project promotes university-business partnerships through the development of intelligence to enable business mentors to operate in clusters of strategic importance to regional economies such as the FinTech sector. MentorCERT seeks to establish capability levels for business mentors and move towards international certification of business mentoring compliant with ISO 17024 standards. The project is funded under the European Commission Erasmus Strategic Partnerships from November 2017-October 2019.
Project Partners: Budapest University of Applied Sciences (Hungary), Leeds Beckett University (UK), Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Portugal), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), AdInvest International (France), EFCoCert (Switzerland)
Leeds Beckett KTP labelled a success leedsbeckett.ac.uk [Nov 2017]Leeds Beckett University has secured a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Bradford-based business, The Label Makers Ltd. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate.
The two-year agreement will draw on expertise from the University’s Business School and School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering and focus on data analytics and process improvement within a printing environment. [Read More]
Business Schools: Fit for the Future? [June 2017]
For three days in May, we were delighted to welcome senior representatives from business schools in 17 countries across the globe to the 2017 Annual Conference of the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) hosted at the Rose Bowl. Dr George Lodorfos, Dean of the Business School, praised the value of NIBS: “It is great to be part of a network of business schools with so many shared views and values." He noted that two key themes of the conference, internationalisation of curriculum and development of strong global engagement strategies, would help to open new opportunities for cooperation and partnerships for the School. [Read More]
The Impact of Brexit on UK Businesses Dr Aftab Dean [June 2017]It is over a year since the referendum vote signalled the start of Brexit, and in that time UK businesses have experienced mixed fortunes. Those companies that have a global presence have benefited from the fall in the pound, which has resulted in higher revenues being generated when the currency is converted back to sterling. On the other hand, those companies which purchase many of their raw materials overseas have seen significant increases in costs. [Read More]
University of Redlands - California live International Consultancy Project (LICP) at Rotork, Leeds Professor Mike Brown (April 2017)
For the second year running the University of Redlands in Southern California has sent a group of their top Executive MBA final year students to complete their final consultancy programme here at Leeds Business School. The American blue-chip University has a series of satellite campus based around Southern California from San Diego to Palm Springs and from Hollywood to Temecula... [Read More]