Research Impact

Sheffield University Management School is engaged in wide-ranging impact activities. We work closely with organisations and institutions locally, nationally and internationally. These relationships are mutually beneficial, expanding the research base in management and attracting funding for further research and development as well as providing partners with research from which they can implement effective and positive change.

In REF2014, we were ranked 5th in the Russell Group for our research impact - 10th overall in the UK. Eighty-one per cent of our research is considered world-leading or internationally excellent. Read more about our REF2014 results here.

The research mission of Sheffield University Management School is to promote socially responsible work practices and have a positive impact on organisations and society throughout the world. To achieve this, our strategy is to target research users in local and national government agencies, as well as supra-national institutions and commercial organisations to affect changes in legislation, regulations, policy and practice.

Our impact strategy seeks to develop routes to impact by working with regional and national government agencies and umbrella organisations to maximise the dissemination of our research.

The case studies below showcase some of our academics’ most impactful work. Each case study illustrates how the school maximises the reach and significance of our research through a focused approach – therefore achieving widespread impact on organisations and society.

Achieving economic and environmental improvements in organisations through low carbon supply chain resource modelling

Increasing innovation skills to improve the delivery of public services – the 'CLEAR IDEAS' framework

Transforming policy approaches towards undeclared work in the European Union

Using the 'Scenarios' tool to anticipate, plan and design work roles in organisations

Improving profitability and customer service through better management of reverse logistics processes in the UK retail sector