Durham University Business School has more than 200 research students. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 95 per cent of the Business and Management Studies research at Durham University was assessed as being at least of International Quality (2* and above) in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This positions the School 19th in a total of 90 schools within the business and management sector (based on the Grade Point Average score) in Great Britain. In the last external assessment of teaching quality by the QAA, which reviewed Economics and Finance, the School was awarded a maximum score of 24/24.
The school's research is thematic with research based in the following areas:
- Decision Science
- Finance and Accounting
- Human Resources Management and Organisational Behaviour
- Public Management
- Strategy and Organisation
The school's research centres and groups are diverse and extend across geographical and cultural boundaries, and includes research in:
- China Development Group
- Islamic Economics and Finance
- Behavioural Economics and Finance
- Economic Growth and Policy
- Organisational Dynamics and Ecological Studies
- Leadership and Followership
- Institute for Local Governance
- Critical Studies
- International Accounting and Auditing
Prominent academics include:
- Prof. Timothy Clark
- Prof. Mark Learmonth, Professor of Organization Studies
- Prof. Nick Ellis, Professor of Marketing Management
- Prof. Laszlo Polos, Professor of Organisational Theory
- Prof. Parantap Basu, Professor of Macroeconomics
- Prof. Tom Redman, Professor of Human Resource Management
Visiting academics - past and present - include:
- Prof. Guangjing Cao, Chairman of the China Three Gorges Project Corporation (CTGPC) on the Yangtze River.
- Prof. Glenn Carroll Stanford University and Columbia University, specialist on Population Ecology
- Prof. Jack Cohen, specialist in Complexity and Chaos theory
- Prof. Kenneth Davies, Senior Economist and Head of Global Relations, OECD.
- Prof. Werner De Bondt DePaul University, specialist in Behavioural Finance
- Prof. John Doukas Old Dominion University specialist in Mergers & Acquisitions, and Asset Price Anomalies
- Prof. Robin Gilchrist, Vice President, Alcatel-Lucent
- Prof. David Gravells, former Chairman of the Association of MBAs of United Kingdom
- Prof. David Greatbatch, former academic of Oxford University and XEROX Research Laboratory, Cambridge
- Prof. Chris Greensted, Associate Director (Quality Services) of EQUIS
- Prof. Mike Hannan Stanford University, specialist on Population Ecology
- Prof. Sir Roger Jackling, KCB, CBE, Former Head of The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
- Prof. Gregory Koutmos Fairfield University specialist in Asset Pricing and Volatility
- Prof. Ehud Lehrer, Bar Ilan University, specialist on Game Theory;
- Prof. Grigor McClelland, former Director of Manchester Business School
- Prof. Bill McKelvey, Professor of Strategic Organizing and Complexity Theory at the UCLA Anderson School of Management
- Prof. Ray Rist, Adviser, World Bank, Washington D.C.
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