Our divisional structure
Alliance Manchester Business School is structured around four divisions which encompass our broad range of research strengths. Within each division there are, in turn, a number of specific research centres which bring together expertise within a clearly defined research area.
Our People, Management and Organisations experts lead the way in progressive HR and organisational research trends, while members of our Innovation Management and Policy division pioneer influential research on public and private strategy and policy. Our IMP division also houses the University's Manchester Institute of Innovation Research.
Heads of Divisions
Professor Marie Dutordoir
Marie Dutordoir has a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2006). She spent the final year of her Ph.D. as a visiting scholar at Columbia Business School (New York). Before joining Manchester Business School in April 2009, Marie held a position at the Rotterdam School of Management (The Netherlands).
Marie Dutordoir's research deals with corporate securities issuance, mergers and acquisitions, short selling, corporate social responsibility, and topics at the interface between finance and other business disciplines (accounting, marketing, operations management). Marie holds scientific publications in journals such as Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Corporate Finance. She has presented her work at major international conferences, and acts as a reviewer for leading journals in the field.
Marie Dutordoir currently teaches Mergers and Acquisitions (undergraduate level), and Current Issues in Empirical Finance (MSc level).
“A&F researchers are renowned for their high-impact research in a diverse range of areas including accounting and accountability, market-based accounting, management accounting, asset pricing, corporate governance, corporate finance, FinTech and information systems. They collaborate with leading academics from across the world as well as policy makers and corporate leaders to ensure the practical relevance of their work.”
Professor Silvia Massini
Silvia is a member of the Senate (2015-) and the Board of Governors (2016-) at the University of Manchester. Prior to this she was Associate Head of Research in IMP, a Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) and Head of the Innovate and Sustain Subject Group in the IMP division.
She joined Manchester School of Management at UMIST in January 2000. Silvia was Research Fellow at the Centre for Creativity Strategy and Change (CCSC), Warwick Business School (1999). Prior to that, she has worked as a researcher at the Institute for Scientific Research and Documentation Studies (ISRDS) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Rome, and at the Policy Research in Engineering Science and Technology (PREST) at the University of Manchester.
Silvia has been a visiting research fellow at Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU) at the University of Sussex and at the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) at the University of Manchester. Silvia holds Laura (Cum Laude) in Statistics and Economics (La Sapienza University, Rome), MSc in Economics (Warwick University), Doctorate in Economics (La Sapienza University, Rome). She has been Visiting Scholar at Duke University April-September 2007.
Professor Luis Araujo
Luis joined Manchester Business School in June 2015 having previously worked at Lancaster University Management School. He began his career as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (1987-1989) and helped set up the University of Porto Business School in 1988. He worked at Lancaster as a Lecturer (1989-1997), Senior Lecturer (1997-2003), Reader (2003-2004) and Professor of Marketing (2004-2015). He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto and a MA and PhD from Lancaster.
"MSM researchers have a reputation for their innovative and problem-centred approach", says Luis. "They often work with industry executives to ensure research has a high impact for academics and practitioners as well as informing teaching across all AMBS programmes."
Professor Sharon Clarke
Prof. Sharon Clarke is a full Professor in Organisational Psychology. She gained a First Class Honours degree in Psychology (1990) and a PhD (1993) from the University of Manchester. She has published widely in the area of health and safety management, including articles published in some of the top international journals for organisational psychology (including Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology) as well as internationally recognised specialist safety and risk publications (such as Risk Analysis and Safety Science).
Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
We are a world-leading centre of excellence in the study of science, technology and innovation policy and management. Our research, teaching and engagement activities build on many years of expertise, based upon a guiding principle of excellence, both in terms of academic rigour and societal relevance.
We focus on the following four key themes:
Innovation Management and Competitiveness
The significance of innovation as a source of competitiveness and as a driver of industrial dynamics is widely recognised. However, innovation itself is ever-changing.
Emerging Technology, Dynamics and Governance
Our work around Responsible Research and Innovation combines with our work around the analysis of emerging technologies and their role in business strategies.
Science, Technology and Innovation, Policy & Organisations
Public policy in science, technology and innovation can reduce market and system failures, shape markets and stimulate knowledge creation and innovation.
System Transitions and Societal Challenges
Climate change, energy security, transport and resource efficiency, food safety and environmentally friendly production have all become key areas of innovation studies.
Sustainable Consumption Institute
The Sustainable Consumption Institute is comprised of academics from Alliance Manchester Business School and the Schools of Social Science and Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester.
The SCI’s research agenda explores how consumption and production systems can be ‘reconfigured’ in order to transition towards less-resource intensive ways of life.
The Institute has established a distinctive programme of social scientific research with the following key characteristics:
- A focus on consumption. Placing consumption in the foreground of research allows us to focus on understanding human needs, values, practices and habits.
- Socio-technical system innovation. Treating production and consumption as systems focuses attention on the relationships between everyday practices, technology, markets, industries, infrastructure, policy and regulation.
- Politics for a sustainable society. How sustainability discourses are framed, how they relate to everyday practices, and how a wide range of political actors interact across production and consumption systems.
- Advancing the evidence base. By developing novel and multiple methodological techniques the SCI seeks to make a distinctive contribution to the framing and content of the policy evidence base.
Our academics make a distinctive contribution to this intellectual agenda, especially through the study of innovation, sustainability and system transition.
SCI research also makes a significant contribution to our teaching activity. Two new courses have recently been introduced – a Global MBA on Sustainable Business and a University College Course on Innovation for a Sustainable Society – while the SCI also provides content for the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, and for the recently launched MOOC entitled ‘Managing Responsibly’.
Work and Equalities Institute
The agenda of the Work and Equalities Institute is to identify and promote the conditions for more inclusive and fair work and employment arrangements.
The Institute will develop world-leading interdisciplinary research, focused around four key themes: business transformation and work futures, fair treatment at work, inequalities and the life course, and regulation and representation.
This research will be used in knowledge exchange, dialogue and debate with key stakeholders and policymakers, and to make informed contributions to policy formation and the development of practice. To achieve this, the Institute will draw on advice from an advisory board of policymakers and practitioners with local, national and international expertise.
The Institute brings together two internationally-recognised Alliance Manchester Business School research centres (European Work and Employment Research Centre and Fairness at Work Research Centre) with international expertise across human resource management, industrial relations, labour economics, organisational psychology, employment law, technology, organisation studies, sociology and social statistics.
The team uses a range of methods to investigate their research questions, including international institutional and comparative analysis, organisational case studies and qualitative interviews, and surveys and quantitative data analysis.
Centre for the Analysis of Investment Risk (A&F)
Encompasses research relevant to the professional needs of private, institutional and corporate investors in both domestic and international markets. Its research combines theoretical rigour with practical policy relevance.
Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PMO)
Part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and a partnership between providers and commissioners from the NHS, industry, the third sector and The University.
Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre (MSM)
European Work and Employment Research Centre (PMO)
The Centre has developed an internationally recognised programme of comparative and interdisciplinary research involving collaborations by academics and research staff from a range of disciplines including: management, labour economics, sociology, geography and industrial relations.
Fairness at Work Research Centre (PMO)
Develops cross-disciplinary research that is relevant to academics, students and practitioners. The centre consists of around 60 staff from across four schools in the Faculty of Humanities with backgrounds in economics, sociology, psychology, law and management studies.
Health Services Research Centre (PMO)
A leading research centre in the study of health services organisation, management and leadership, research implementation and policy. It is a large collaborative research centre which brings together experts from across AMBS and The University.
Crime Science and Security Research Group
Customer Management Leadership Group
Manchester Accounting and Finance Group
The Group is one of the leading accounting and finance units in Europe with an outstanding reputation for excellence in research and teaching programmes at all levels.
Manchester Critical Management Group
This community of scholars has played a major role in contributing to the development of critical management studies, an increasingly influential field in the global business school community.
Manchester Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group
Operations and Supply Chain Management Research Group
Service Systems Research Group
Ken McPhail is Director of Research and Professor of Accounting at Alliance Manchester Business School. He is also Vice Dean of Social Responsibility, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester and has previously held positions at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and the University of Glasgow.