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 Ian Garrett
Ian’s main research area is asset pricing and what drives price movements in global stock markets.
His starting point is that by their very nature markets should only move in response to “unexpected” events and he researches whether indicators such as expected dividends or expected company cash flows more generally, and expected returns, can actually be predicted or not.
As he explains: “Market participants, and academics for that matter, are often looking for anomalies in stock returns. What we are trying to do is explain the anomalies and find out whether anomalies might actually be driven by unexpected news about future cashflows or future returns.”
His work also ties in with analysis of risk. “If assets are perceived as risky then in theory one should earn a higher return than with a safe asset. If there was only one risk and you knew what that risk was, then you could react accordingly in your investment decisions.
“The problem is that market risk alone does not explain returns. Is that because the market is making a mistake or are there risks we simply don’t know about? The world is now perceived as a riskier place than it used to be, but what types of risk are systematic? What role does ambiguity about such things play in making investment decisions?”
Ian, who was recently appointed as head of the Accounting & Finance division, says the breadth of research within the department creates a perfect environment for the study of such complex global finance issues.
“We have a terrifically vibrant atmosphere and a research environment that is both productive and which fosters world-class research which is then landing in top journals. Significantly it also means that there is plenty of opportunity for academics to work together and collaborate on specific pieces of work.”
He says a good example is the research within the division on financial markets, from stock markets to bond markets to derivative markets. This brings together dozens of academics within the division across asset pricing, corporate finance and market-based accounting research to research new developments in financial markets and the asset management industry. “It’s a perfect example of our research strengths and of our spirit of collaboration,” he adds.
Professor Nikolay Mehandjiev
Nikolay’s specialist field is researching approaches and models which enable non-technical audiences to design dynamic service systems using intelligent software systems and formalised domain knowledge.
His research is grounded in the needs of industrial partners, collaborating extensively with the telecommunications, IT, e-commerce, automotive and energy sectors.
For instance Nikolay has run projects with BT Research Labs, BG Technology, SAP, IBM, Atos Origin, MAN and Magna Intier. He has also held a number of visiting appointments including the SAP research labs in Germany, Atos Origin in Spain, and at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
He has delivered modules on Management Information Systems, Simulation, Systems Development, Expert Systems, and Business Object Modelling.
Professor Mike Bresnen
Mike joined Alliance MBS in 2009 and his research is primarily concerned with understanding innovation, knowledge, networking and learning processes within and between organisations.
He has been principal investigator on a number of large ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council) research projects investigating innovation processes, knowledge management, inter-organisational relations, project management and project-based learning across a range of sectors, including manufacturing, construction, biomedical and healthcare.
His research interests also include leadership, managers and professionals, while he has also published extensively on the organization and management of the construction process.
Professor Maria Nedeva
Maria's research concerns science dynamics and policy-driven change affecting both the social conditions of science and research and their intellectual conditions. She has helped develop new perspectives and concepts that started at the margins of the field of science studies, but have since become prominent and well established. Her work has a clear unifying feature, namely the development of new concepts to understand dynamics and interplay of scientific knowledge production and its governance.
She has previously been awarded a project grant funded by the European Research Council (ERC) which aimed to understand and assess the impact and outcomes of ERC funding schemes. As part of this work she headed a team of internationally leading academics, and the output and dissemination changed the way funding agencies looked at their impact.
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 Research on Socio-Cultural Change (PMO)
A joint initiative between The University of Manchester and The Open University brings together AMBS researchers with social science researchers from many different disciplines.
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
Rudolf Sinkovics is Director of Research and Professor of International Business at Alliance Manchester Business School. He previously held a number of visiting scholar positions, including Michigan State University, University of Oklahoma, USA and at University of Otago at Dunedin, New Zealand.