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 Peter Ayton

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 Digital Information Management and Systems Innovation

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

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 Nicky Shaw  


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 Professor Chia-Huei Wu


Strategy and Organisation

The Strategy & Organisation (S&O) group is engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching centring on the purpose, strategies and performance of companies and organisations. Focus is especially on studying and explaining what role corporate leaders (viz., CEOs, top management team executives, board directors) and organisational vision, resources and capabilities, technologies, structures, and processes play in shaping strategic decisions and achieving innovation, profit and social goals. The group is particularly keen on developing and disseminating insights and imaginative solutions to help enterprises manage the challenges and opportunities presented by today’s economic, social, and technological dynamics.

S&O faculty members publish in the leading academic journals of the field, serve on editorial boards and on committees of professional academic associations, and are active participants at the foremost international conferences. Faculty members have won many prestigious projects funded by the EU and national research councils (ESRC and EPSRC) as well as industry-linked associations (e.g., Foundation Management Studies, Netherlands). They also have close ties to the corporate world and espouse the view that first-hand engagement with businesses and organisational leaders is crucial for impactful research and for vibrant, inspirational teaching in the full-time and executive programs.

S&O faculty members are also members of the Centre for Technology Innovation and Engagement (C-TIE). C-TIE brings together management researchers who share an interest in studying organisational, strategic and institutional factors that shape innovation processes. Through collaboration between academic researchers from different disciplines and practising innovation executives from profit and non-profit organisations, the centre develops knowledge and insights for addressing academic and practical challenges.

For further information please contact Professor Jatinder Sidhu


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