Research themes and centres

Our centres bring together experts to explore our key research themes. Together we are tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues and producing research that influences governments, policy makers, and industries across the globe.

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Research centres

Centre for Decent Work (CDW)

The Centre for Decent Work (CDW) comprises researchers from across the school and the Faculty of Social Science who have interests relating to work, employment and the labour market. The aim of CDW is to generate and disseminate high-quality research that has the potential to inform and shape academic debates and influence policy and practice. The centre facilitates collaboration between researchers from different academic fields and disciplines and in so doing aims to promote theoretical and methodological innovation, provide fresh analytical insights and strengthen the evidence base. CDW pursues cutting-edge research on labour law violation, employment relations and new forms of work organisation.

Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC)

The Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC), has emerged from the Accounting and Financial Management research group. It seeks to encourage and conduct research into the ways that accounting and finance are constituted and help to constitute the broader context and institutions in which accounting and finance exist, as well as their technical qualities. By encouraging this research, members seek to understand the experience of accounting and finance from the point of view of everyone affected by related decisions - not simply the decision makers. CRAFiC seeks to mobilise accounting and finance scholarship in order to build a fair and sustainable society.

Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED)

Led by Sheffield University Management School, CREED is an interdisciplinary research centre focusing on local economic growth and its drivers.

Its research programme revolves around three core themes: innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship. Combining academic rigour with policy relevance is a key feature of CREED research. Researchers from CREED have a well-established track record of high quality research with a clear impact on both national and international policy-makers.

    The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP)

    After formal incorporation into Sheffield University Management School in 2008, this previously separate internationally renowned institute undertakes research on human behaviour, cognition and emotions in diverse work contexts. Its highly-acclaimed academics also teach our prestigious MSc Occupational Psychology programme. The aim of the research programme of the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) is to combine scientific quality with practical relevance; in scientific terms the emphasis is on developing and testing theory about the effects of work on employee well-being and performance, and doing so by using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods, with particular emphasis being placed on the use of longitudinal and change studies. IWP also advances knowledge on themes such as bullying, sexism and diversity in the workplace.

        Operations Management and Decision Sciences (OMDS)

        Led by Sheffield University Management School, much of the research of OMDS goes beyond the boundaries of the University – partnering up with research users in the public and private sector, locally, nationally and internationally, to help them to rethink and develop their models and methods for supply chains, consumption and production, and information management systems to make them more sustainable.


          Research Clusters and Groups

          Behavioural Research for Inclusivity, Sustainability and Technological Transformation (BRISTT)

          BRISTT’s research focuses on the impact that consumption, services and technology have on societal wellbeing and the environment.

          Organization Studies (OS)

          The Organization Studies research cluster explores the dynamics that influence processes of organising and organisations and engages with underrepresented voices in management and organisational studies.

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          Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

          The results demonstrate our research and impact excellence across a broad range of disciplines and confirm that our research is having a significant positive impact on lives across the globe.