Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) Research

Overview of Business and Law research

The Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) is a large group consisting of over 200 staff. It is divided into nine subject groups which include Accounting and Finance, Business Systems, International Strategy, HRM and Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Each of these Subject Groups has several research active staff, ranging from ECRs to experienced and high-profile researchers. Much of the research in the faculty is in the area of Sustainability and is captured by our Centre of Sustainable Business Practices. Our other main strand examines collaboration with China and with developing countries, specifically Africa. This work is captured in our Centre for China and Emerging Economies.

Areas of research within FBL

  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Supply chain management
  • Internationalisation of Chinese enterprises
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Corporate Finance
  • Operational Research
  • Information Systems

Dive into the University research repository of the Faculty of Business and Law to find out more about the researchers, outputs and projects.

Faculty of Business and Law research repository

FBL research centres

The Faculty has the following established research centres. All Centres have consistent terms of reference, with clearer expectations in terms of evidencing performance, cross-Faculty outreach, continuing development/review and liaison with course/subject teams. Centres also provide opportunities for engagement for all Faculty colleagues and research students as appropriate.

FBL Partnerships

Faculty colleagues work closely with learners, practitioners, service providers/users, external organisations, policy-makers and professional/regulatory bodies, for example:


  • West Northamptonshire Council
  • Silverstone Technology Cluster
  • Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire


  • British Footwear Association
  • China and Britain Business Council
  • Chinese Embassy in London
  • Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • National Social Value Task Force


  • Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • University of Lagos, Nigeria

See each Research Centre’s website for detailed information about specific partnerships.