Research with Plymouth Business School

Plymouth Business School has a research active community producing high quality trans- and interdisciplinary research of local, national and international importance. We work collaboratively, engaging with individuals, businesses and organisations from the private, public and third sectors to deliver impactful research which is making a difference to societies, economies and cultures around the world, and which is embedded into our overseas and domestic, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Studying at Plymouth Business School will connect you with our research and thought leadership– translating, applying and testing ideas, concepts and models into the world of business. You will be working with pioneering academics of global standing who have extensive and active networks in a range of industries and we are committed to ensuring our students have the opportunity to explore the latest developments across a variety of areas.

Our commitment to sustainable business underpins our research agenda. Plymouth Business School is home to two interdisciplinary research clusters:

  • sustainable business: productivity, innovation and performance (PIP); 
  • sustainable business: consumers, business and community behaviour and management (CBCBM). 

Through these centres, we deliver an extensive portfolio of high quality, impactful research outputs, internally and externally grant-funded collaborative research involving academics from over institutions as well as regional, national and international stakeholders outside the academic community, and knowledge exchange and transfer activities.

The two clusters are home to over 40 researchers with expertise in a diverse range of disciplines and subjects, and to over 100 postgraduate researchers enrolled on our PhD and DBA programmes. The clusters provide a supportive and development infrastructure to all Plymouth Business School researchers and are closely aligned to the University’s three institutes – the Sustainable Earth Institute, the Marine Institute and the Institute of Health and Community – facilitating collaborative working with academics from across the University.

Plymouth Business School’s key research strength is reflected in its two interdisciplinary clusters, within which there are a series of Research Initiatives (RIs) which bring together academics from across different subject areas who have a shared interest a specific research theme.

Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER)

Plymouth Business School has solid research foundations delivered, in part, through the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) 

iSPER brings together academics from across the University of Plymouth and supports them in delivering high quality and impactful social, enterprise and policy research. 

iSPER's key research strengths are reflected in its Themed Research Groups (TRGs), which bring together academics from across different disciplines who have a shared interest in a specific research theme. 

Our latest publications

  • Tang L & Zhang P 2021 Human Resource Management in Shipping: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions. Routledge
  • Nawaz T 2021 'What's in an education? Implications of CEO education for financial inclusion' International Journal of Finance & Economics , DOI
  • Mansfield C, Shepherd D & Wassler P 2021 'Perry – Deep mapping and emotion in place-writing practice' in Scribano A; Luhrs MC; Cervio AL Cities, Capitalism and the Politics of Sensibilities London Palgrave Macmillan Author Site Publisher Site , DOI Open access
  • Uniyal S, Mangla SK, Sarma PRS, Tseng M-L & Patil P 2021 'ICT as “Knowledge Management” for Assessing Sustainable Consumption and Production in Supply Chains' Journal of Global Information Management 29, (1) 164-198 , DOI
  • Khanzode AG, Sarma PRS, Mangla SK & Yuan H 2021 'Modeling the Industry 4.0 adoption for sustainable production in Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises' Journal of Cleaner Production 279, 123489-123489 , DOI
  • Raut RD, Mangla SK, Narwane VS, Dora M & Liu M 2021 'Big Data Analytics as a mediator in Lean, Agile, Resilient, and Green (LARG) practices effects on sustainable supply chains' Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review 145, 102170-102170 , DOI
  • Haddoud MY, Onjewu A-KE, Nowinski W & Jones P 2020 'The determinants of SMEs’ export entry: A systematic review of the literature' Journal of Business Research 125, (0) 262-278 , DOI Open access
  • Sharma V, Raut RD, Mangla SK, Narkhede BE, Luthra S & Gokhale R 2020 'A systematic literature review to integrate lean, agile, resilient, green and sustainable paradigms in the supply chain management' Business Strategy and the Environment , DOI
  • Lacka E, Wong TC & Haddoud MY 2020 'Can digital technologies improve students' efficiency? Exploring the role of Virtual Learning Environment and Social Media use in Higher Education' Computers & Education 163, (0) 104099-104099 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
  • Tang L 2020 'On-Line Support Groups for Families in China' in Gekara V; Sampson H The World of the Seafarers Spinger 189-198 Publisher Site
  • Yadav G, Mangla SK, Bhattacharya A & Luthra S 2020 'Exploring indicators of circular economy adoption framework through a hybrid decision support approach' Journal of Cleaner Production 277, 124186-124186 , DOI
  • Wu J, Tang T, Chen M, Wang Y & Wang K 2020 'A study on adaptation lightweight architecture based deep learning models for bearing fault diagnosis under varying working conditions' Expert Systems with Applications 160, 113710-113710 , DOI
  • Barmon BK & Rahman S 2020 'Sustaining Rice Productivity, Soil Fertility, and Income from Prawn-Rice Joint Culture in the Gher System in Banglade' Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development 17, (2) 43-62 , DOI Open access
  • Ripoll-Zarraga AE & Mar-Molinero C 2020 'Exploring the reasons for efficiency in Spanish airports' Transport Policy 99, 186-202 , DOI
  • Shen G, Wang P & Xu Y 2020 'Trade destruction and deflection effects of US‐China trade frictions on China’s tariff‐targeted products' The World Economy 0-0 Publisher Site , DOI Open access