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School of Business and Management

International Research

Our academics engage frequently with various stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors, nationally and globally. Over the last few years alone, research produced in the School has influenced the policies and practices, making a positive difference to the lives of many communities around the world. 

A global mapping of the use of expertise in the management of Covid-19

 with Dr Stella Ladi

About the Global Policy Institute 

Research Impact and Engagement

 

Improving international fisheries trade relations for development

Professor Liam Campling’s research and policy work on the global value chains in tuna, international fisheries trade and development has provided the bases for recommending more development-friendly ‘rules of origin’ for local fish processing to the East African Community in its trade agreement with the EU. His work has contributed to the official thinking and positions of six Pacific Island members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the negotiation of prohibitions on fisheries subsidies, and informed the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to grant an extended transition to the Solomon Islands in its graduation from Least Developed Country status, thereby preserving  around 1,800 fish processing jobs.

This project is in collaboration with Elizabeth Havice, Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill Geography

More detail on this project can be found here on the Queen Mary featured research pages.

 

Shaping policy on the regulation of occupations in the UK and EU labour market

Dr Maria Koumenta’s research has produced an evidence base on occupational regulation in the EU and UK, drawing key policy-makers’ attention to the adverse labour market effects of such regulation and providing the intellectual context for the EU Commission’s policy on the optimal levels of entry regulation to occupations.

Her work has informed the Transparency and Mutual Evaluation Exercise that the EU required Member States to undertake to assess the proportionality of existing regulatory arrangements. It also supported the follow-up policy formulation on relaxing the regulatory burden that Member States place on occupational entry presented in the Commission’s Single Market Strategy.

 

Generating a new practice agenda on executive coaching

Based on a systematic review of executive coaching outcomes research, Dr Andromachi Athanasopoulou (with Prof. Sue Dopson, University of Oxford) assessed the quality of studies in the field and identified the antecedents and effects of executive coaching practice. Moreover, the study identified a range of practice pitfalls, but most importantly, offered a rigorous and detailed mapping of how and what aspects of the social context within which an intervention takes place are shaping coaching outcomes.

The research has been endorsed by practitioners in the UK and globally (e.g. US, Spain, Finland Australia) who have used the study to inform and improve their practice. Moreover, publications from this study have been included in the curricula of several Universities in the UK and abroad at undergraduate and postgraduate level, but also at executive education level, having a critical impact in the integration of executive coaching interventions in executive education offerings.

Andromachi and her co-author have received local and international awards for this research including an Academy of Management award as part of a joint executive coaching research submission which has been highlighted as making "the most significant contribution to advance management education and development”.

The present study has turned the executive coaching field’s attention from a focus on outcomes per se to a focus on the contextual factors that shape executive coaching outcomes. In a field that has been obsessed with measuring outcomes, this study has a transformative effect on how coaching is approached as a practice and as a subject of study. The impact of this research is of global scale and the beneficiaries include coaches, coachees (executives), HR practitioners, coaching and leadership development purchasers, psychologists, psychology and management academics with an interest in coaching research, heads of management education departments/business schools who wish to offer more personalised offerings to their executive education participants and MBA directors who incorporate coaching in the MBA curricula. At the end, though, the ultimate beneficiaries are the coachees – the individuals who are being coached by practitioners who have used this study to reflect and improve their coaching practice.

 

How to prevent Bank Runs?

A map of the world made up of bank notes from different countriesProfessor Gulnur Muradoglu’s research has focused on financial crisis and behavioural factors and human connections that relate to unfolding of financial crisis across the globe whose consequences are destructive for economies and especially the vulnerable groups for whom crisis mean job losses and hard to manage conditions for survival.

Professor Muradoglu’s work has involved ongoing collaborations with regulators from various different countries and practitioners from finance industry to prevent financial crisis and develop policy to mitigate damage. She has developed mitigating strategies for crisis resolution, particularly in relation to the phenomenon of bank runs that have been applied by major regulators in North America, UK, Europe and Asia. Her work in developing public awareness campaigns with Deposit Insurance Corporations in North America and Asia has resulted in an increase in the public’s understanding of financial regulations and protections, which those regulators has identified as contributing to fulfilling their duties of establishing and maintaining financial stability.

 

Reshaping the Eurozone (EZ) debate in a pivotal country – Italy

Professor Brigitte Granville’s research on the problems of the Eurozone (EZ) led to a 2017 paper with a co-author who, along with another Italian economist colleague active in this field, became the senior parliamentarians piloting the Italian government’s economic policy through the legislature. The core feature of that policy is a determination to bring about material changes in the EZ. Any such changes would be profoundly significant for the future of the European economy. This research has provided firm intellectual underpinning for the Italian government’s policy and thereby, reinforced the political will to stick to that policy strengthening perceptions among policymakers and financial markets (with powerful evidence on this point) that the Italian government is not bluffing. It is expected that this will strengthen prospects for EZ change towards either deeper integration or dismantlement.

 

Intellectual Property Rights in Europe

Dr Georg von Graevenitz’s research and policy work focuses on the effectiveness of patent and trademark systems. The research generates economic impact, by altering how patents and trademarks are issued, which affects innovation incentives and market competition. A specific focus is on clutter on the trademark register of the EU, which arises where trademarks are registered but not used, thereby creating costs for other users of the trademark system. Dr von Graevenitz’s work has influenced reform to address clutter of the EU trademark system. The European Union Trade Mark Regulation ((EU) 2015/2424, entered into force on 23 March 2016) and the Trade Mark Directive (EU 2015/2436) passed on 16 December 2015. Analysis of the reform is of current interest to policy makers in Europe, the United States and Australia.

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