Business environment (CBR research area)

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 and insolvency

Board management and risk

Business clusters

Corporate growth

Inter-firm collaboration

Macroeconomic environment

DUPLICATE Takeovers, ownership and executive pay

Training and management practices

Associated research projects

Addressing Gender Inequality through Corporate Governance

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

Analysis of Middle Market Firms

Analysis of the Relationship between Training and Business Performance

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

Bankruptcy Law and Entrepreneurship

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

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

Building Economic Competitiveness: Lessons from Small Peripheral European States

Business Failure and Macroeconomic Instability

The Capability Approach and the Implementation of EU Social Policy Directives

Capright: Resources, Rights and Capabilities in Europe

Competition and Performance

Competition, Takeovers and Investment

Competitiveness and Productivity of the UK Design Engineering Sector

The Competitiveness of the UK and its Multinational Companies

Concepts of Insolvency

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

Cooperation, Stakeholder Representation and Business Performance

Corporate Governance and Innovation

Corporate Governance and Investment: An International Research Network

Corporate Law and Economic Performance

Corporate Rescue: Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

Corporate Responses to Macroeconomic Changes and 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 and SME Performance: An Evaluation Study of the Small Business Initiative

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

The Future of Professional Work

The Globalising Behaviour of UK Firms in a Comparative Context

The Governance of Mutuality

Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

The Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

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

Insolvency and Stakeholding

Institutional Investment and Corporate Accountability

The Integrated Knowledge Centre (IKC) Commercialisation Laboratory

International Financial Regulation

International Innovation Benchmarking and the Determinants of Business Success

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

The Knowledge Hub (UK~IRC)

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

The Learning Factory

Manufacturing Strategy and Competitiveness



Modelling Business Duration and Business Failure

The National Small and Medium Sized Business Surveys

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

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

New Product Development Performance in the UK and Japanese Automotive Industries

Northern Ireland SME Benchmarking Survey

Pension Fund Governance and Socially Responsible Investment

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

SME Finance and Innovation in the Current Economic Crisis

SME Performance and Policy

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

Spatial Variations in Innovations and Absorptive Capacity

Startup Finance: A Study of Micro Finance amongst Soft and Hard Companies

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

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

The UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC)

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

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