The research in business administration investigates how enterprises and public organizations function in order to enable good management and governance. A range of stakeholders can benefit from the research we conduct at the department, including owners, managers and employees.
By its very nature, business administration research is a multidisciplinary endeavour. Different subdisciplines focus on distinctive phenomena – at our department notably strategy, marketing, organisation, entrepreneurship, accounting, and finance – and vary in the methods they employ and the theoretical traditions they connect to. Research at the department also encompasses work in the separate discipline of research policy.
Our research spans a variety of themes, theoretical orientations, methodological stances and knowledge interests, which enable a range of doctoral students and visiting researchers to find a place at the Department of Business administration.
Main subject areas in business administration
Moving scientific knowledge forward
Our ambition is to create knowledge that contributes to a better and sounder society. A major strength of the research conducted at our department is that it combines top-notch contributions to scientific problems with a keen attention to the practical and often thorny problems that managers, regulators, and other actors need to address. We believe in moving scientific knowledge forward, with independent projects driven by curiosity. The members of our research groups formulate solid research goals and ambitions in a bottom-up process.
Qualitative research of breadth and depth
Our research faculty is methodologically versatile and can apply whatever strategies necessary given the research question. Qualitative research has traditionally, as well as in present time, been a major asset of the work undertaken in business administration at Lund University School of Economics and Management, and we have had several noteworthy faculty members who are pioneers in different areas of qualitative methodology and critical studies of management. Being a comprehensive and large department, one of our main advantages is the breadth and in-depth nature of our empirical enquiry.
We contribute to society by addressing contemporary questions of organizational, managerial and political nature, as our teachers draw upon their own research in the classroom. Contemporary society is in urgent need of more reflective practice and practitioners. We believe that our faculty and, in the long run, students, are well suited for delivering this to society.
The research at the department naturally aims at being highly relevant and often receives significant attention outside the academy. Our researchers regularly participate in newspapers, radio and television and share their research results through social media and popular science lectures. They also have extensive contacts with the public sector, trade and industry and other researchers in national and international networks.