Subject groups

Management is the broadest academic discipline in the Business School and comprises six interconnected subject groups. We cooperate on interdisciplinary research projects and taught programmes. See our organisational chart to learn more about our different areas.

Decision Research

Decision Research studies how we can make better decisions in our personal and professional lives: understanding and avoiding common mistakes in thinking, helping people to be appropriately confident, and informing us on the best ways to manage group decisions. The importance of Decision Research is increasingly recognized internationally, influencing policy worldwide to help people make better decisions about their finance, health and environmental impacts. Effective decision making is taught in leading US business schools (eg Harvard, Chicago, Carnegie Mellon), but is less common in the UK. Leeds University Business School provides courses in Decision Research developed by internationally recognized researchers from the Centre for Decision Research, who have experience of applying research to real world problems in a variety of applied fields.

For further information please contact Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin: W.BruinedeBruin@leeds.ac.uk  

See also Centre for Decision Research


Enterprise and entrepreneurship

The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies (CEES) is the focal point for enterprise education on the campus and part of being an Enterprising University. Our experienced teaching team, associate lecturers, visiting staff and enterprise ambassadors help us deliver interesting and stimulating modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We are proud of our new MSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurship programme, which practically develops your understanding of enterprise on a global scale and the Year in Enterprise, which supports you if you are interested in taking a year out to work on your own business idea.

We will also help you locate enterprise opportunities and get involved: from joining a student enterprise group to starting a business with SPARK and from taking on a social project to entering a national competition.

We support a number of leading organisations involved in enterprise education:

Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) 
Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 
National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE)

We provide practical support, materials and guidance to all those who are interested in gaining new skills and improving their enterprise background. The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies is available to all staff and students at the University of Leeds.

For further information please contact Professor Diane Holt


Logistics, Information, Operations and Networks (LION)

The Logistics, Information, Operations and Networks (LION) subject group aims to advance knowledge and develop leaders in logistics, information, operations, and supply chain and networks management through insightful research and active engagement with relevant organisations. We conduct and disseminate research in the following areas:   

  • Logistics, operations and supply chain management
  • Information systems and information management
  • Technology, complex networks and innovation
  • Networks and networks analysis 

We teach modules related to technology, innovation, operations, logistics, information, knowledge, project and supply chain management at undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and executive levels. We offer two specialised MSc programmes with strong connections to both research and industry:

MSc Global Supply Chain Management
MSc Information Systems and Information Management 

We are affiliated with several multidisciplinary research centres and groups such as the Centre for Operations and Supply Chain (COSCR), Adaptation Information Management and Technology (AIMTech) and the Technology and Innovation Group (TIGr).

We are keen on establishing long-term research collaboration and relationships with academics, businesses and wider communities in order to generate relevant knowledge and facilitate knowledge transfer. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact the head of the subject group or any member of the subject group.

For further information please contact Professor David Allen  


Organisational Behaviour

Organisational Behaviour is concerned with understanding behaviour at the level of the individual, group and organisation, with the aim of enhancing effectiveness throughout the organisation.

Our Agenda

  • Design healthy productive and sustainable organisations
  • Attract and develop motivated individuals
  • Foster pro-social behaviours and supportive relationships
  • Manage the complexities of organisational change

Our Foundation Disciplines

  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

To support our agenda, we utilise and are active in the development and validation of a wide range of research designs and techniques.

To ensure our agenda meets not only the rigours of our academic assessors but makes a ‘real’ impact and meets the crucial needs of organisations, we work with a wide range of not-for profit, public and private organisations, including Rolls Royce, Arup, Toyota, Network Rail and DCLG

For further information please contact Dr Mark Robinson 


Strategy and Organisation

Strategy and Organisation (SO) group is engaged in research and teaching about organisations, including their processes, capabilities, organisational forms, technologies, cultural resources and performance. We are especially interested in the role of managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in shaping strategic direction of both established companies and new ventures.

Our research and teaching is inspired by contemporary managerial challenges such as responsible leadership, impact of new technologies on strategic innovation and translating growth opportunities into sustainable businesses. Research and teaching are based on close collaboration with corporate partners and professional associations. We share a belief that a close engagement with leaders increases impact of our research and provide unique insight for our full time end executive students.

Members of SO are active at major international conferences, they hold editorial advisory board positions  and contribute to capacity building in the field of management at UK and EU level. Members have won many prestigious projects funded by EU and national research councils (ESRC and EPSRC) and this enables producing insightful new knowledge about management and transferring it into inspiring teaching.

Please contact Professor Krsto Pandza

See also Centre for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Enhancing Management Learning

The Enhancing Management Learning group (EML) brings together specialist practitioners in learning and teaching, employability, student experience and engagement. Our remit is to enhance the student journey by providing a myriad of opportunities to achieve potential. We do this through the development and sharing of best practice, engagement with and contribution to the scholarly field of learning, teaching, professional development and strong connections with business leaders, and interaction with emerging trends in the field. We act as a hub for teaching excellence in the division and work closely with the faculty’s Academy of Innovation. We undertake action research and our current interests are around tailoring the student journey, embedding employability, the cultural filters on student experience, and improving feedback mechanisms.

We teach modules in the exploration and development of student potential, employability and professional skills, current business practice, ethics, and research and fieldwork methods. We also provide the personal tutorial and pastoral support for the management division students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

For further information please contact Nicola Smith or Dr Anna Viragos