In the 2014 REF, the Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI) had 98% if its research recognised as international in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This is a major improvement compared to the 2008 RAE, when the score was 85%, and places the BMRI in the upper quartile relative to its peers. In addition, with regard to impact all the cases submitted were rated world leading, placing the BMRI in 7th place in the UK for the impact of its research.
The research strengths of the Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI) focuses on three key areas: Operations Management, Marketing and Corporate Governance with a strong cross-cutting theme supporting the SME regional economy. It is anticipated that the BMRI will build on this reputation in terms of developing collaborative linkages both nationally and internationally given its close relationships with the British Academy of Management, Academy of Marketing, Academy of International Business and a range of professional bodies, such as, CIMA, ACCA and ICSA. All of this underpins the externally assessed high quality teaching ratings of the Ulster Business School and places the Faculty in pole position to further develop its management education and leadership role in supporting the Northern Ireland economy.
Research Strategy Rationale
The strategy reflects the views of regional and national government bodies such as InvestNI, the Review of Public Administration (NI), the Science and Innovation Investment Framework supported by HM Treasury. These regional and national bodies emphasise a need within the private and public sector to develop an innovation based culture with the appropriate entrepreneurial and management skills, a focus on improving productivity levels, promoting the development of national/international networks and enhancing the delivery of services across the public sector.
Considerable emphasis is placed on developing a strong creative and innovative research culture. Research within the BMRI complements and reflects government thinking at a regional and national level in terms of supporting an agenda for change within the private and public sector. These features are carried through into three broad sub-disciplines in Operations Management, Marketing and Corporate Governance.