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Impact case studies: Management

Discover how research from our School of Management has created an impact.

Influencing decision-making in the NHS

National Health Services

Professor Mark Exworthy’s research examined the impact of autonomy (from central Government) upon local decision-making in NHS organisations and explained why the number of Foundation Trusts (FTs) established had not risen in line with the Department of Health’s expectations. The research has influenced policy debate and decision-making within the Department of Health, Monitor (the FT regulator) and the wider NHS.

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Evaluating value for money of PFIs and PPPs


Research undertaken by Professor Jane Broadbent has helped develop a theoretical Performance Audit (PA) model for evaluating the value for money of the post-decision operational stage of Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). This model has influenced the auditing practices of the UK National Auditing Office and been incorporated into the practices of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office, Australia. 

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Challenging popular stereotypes around alcohol

Glass of red wine

Collaborative research into young peoples’ consumption of alcohol has provided a more nuanced understanding of the role of alcohol as a cultural force and helped undermine the widespread stereotype of the ‘mindless’ and criminal young drinker that was the underlying premise of Government anti-drinking campaigns. The research has contributed to the quality of the public and policy debate that surrounds alcohol policy issues.

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Embedding sustainability into decision-making


Research into sustainability management and accountability has led to enhanced embedding of sustainability considerations into decision-making processes. This impact has been both through informing the policies of professional accountancy bodies and international bodies developing sustainability guidelines, and directly within specific organisations. For example, helping Sainsbury’s further incorporate sustainability in decision-making within its supply chain.

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Informing UK TV product placement regulation


Professor Chris Hackley’s research on the effect of television product placement on young UK viewers has contributed to a change in policy; the Labour government reversed its opposition to product placement and Ofcom changed its regulations. The research has also contributed to the wider public debate by dispelling some of the myths around the effects of product placement.

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