Southampton Business School

We are organised in six departments and adopt a multidisciplinary approach to pursue integration of research, teaching and enterprise. This approach leads us to continuously reinforce our connections with industry and society, both locally and internationally, which ultimately enable us to further deliver impactful research and improve the learning experience for all (staff, students, and other external stakeholders).

We are very proud of what we have accomplished so far, and we believe that by attracting great talent we can further enhance our scholarship and embrace innovation in key areas of competence (Sustainability, Digital and Quantitative Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Inclusive Society and Future of Work). In so doing, with a focus on excellence, we can continue to grow and make a sustainable impact on students, academia, business, and society.


The Department of Accounting is one of the largest in the School with highly successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Accounting and Finance that have distinctive focus on employability and interdisciplinarity, including offering joint programmes with other disciplines, such as economics and management, which are able to attract high-quality students.

The Department of Accounting brings together internationally renowned academics that research on, and teach in, a wide range of accounting, accountability, finance and governance topics with an increasing and unique emphasis on corporate governance, financial reporting, social and environmental accounting, taxation and contemporary accounting issues. Colleagues in the Department have published in leading journals, such as the Review of Accounting Studies, British Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of World Business Accounting, British Accounting Review amongst others.

Banking and Finance

The Department of Banking and Finance is a home to a diverse community of internationally renowned academics who regularly publish in leading finance and interdisciplinary journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Revue of Finance, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Corporate Finance, the European Journal of Operational Research, and Nature. The department runs three MSc programs and an UG program in BSc Finance and Financial Technology. The two research centres of the department (the Centre for Digital Finance, and Centre for Empirical Research in Finance and Banking) are significantly connected to the industry. Various staff members have earned successes in both national and international research grants, demonstrating multi-disciplinarity as a serious impact value in our research culture.

Decision Analytics and Risk

The Department of Decision Analytics and Risk is a leading authority in management science, risk and analytics, realised and delivered through research, education and consultancy. We develop innovative analytical approaches for improving decision making and risk taking and support individuals and businesses to make sound and effective decisions. Our strengths have been recognised by QS being in the Top 50 Universities in terms of Operational Research and Statistics. Our vision is to be a thought leader in innovations that have significant impact on organisations and society in the areas of operations, risk, analytics and management science. Our department is highly interdisciplinary, collegial and lively. The Department is one of the largest in the UK with more than 35 academics and a thriving PhD programme with more than 40 students.

Digital and Data Driven Marketing

The Digital and Data Driven Marketing Department at Southampton consistently ranks as one of the top marketing departments in the UK according to the Complete University Guide. Comprising of almost 20 academics, our teaching and research interests focus on solving real-life and contemporary marketing challenges in the areas of digital marketing, consumer behaviour, brand management, luxury marketing, services marketing, marketing strategy, entrepreneurship, and marketing analytics within B2C, B2B and C2C contexts. Our expert researchers employ sectoral lenses that include small and large enterprises, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, to understand how technologies and innovative developments enhance customer experience, boost firm performance, and contribute to societal well-being. Our research enables local, regional, national and global organizations in tackling the current and future marketing challenges. The department members have published their research in the top-tier journals including: Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of World Business, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Research, and Industrial Marketing Management among others.

The department has a thriving undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, which is built on the research strengths and focus of department staff. We are the first UK HE institution to offer MSc Marketing Analytics. We attract high calibre students and offer them a great student experience throughout their academic journey. The courses are delivered by internationally renowned subject leaders and award-winning academics. Our teaching balances delivery of cutting-edge knowledge with development of skills relevant for the present and future marketplace and is reflected in the high demand for our graduates for corporate

Human Resources Management and Organisational Behaviour

The Department of HRM and OB at Southampton Business School brings together a multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned academics with teaching and research interests in the fields of human resource management and organisational behaviour, as well as in associated fields such as industrial/employment relations, employment studies, organisation studies, labour economics, and work sociology. Recent research topics include alternative theorising of leadership, careers and skills, digital media, technologies and people, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and ethics, entrepreneurship and self-employment, human resource development, independent professionals, individual and organisational responses to hardship, labour market institutions and workplace trade unions, new ways of working, power in technological change programmes, work/non-work interface, work quality and well-being, and workforce diversity and inequalities. Members of the Department have published in leading international academic outlets, such as the British Journal of Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Gender, Work & Organization, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Organization Studies, Public Management Review, Research Policy, and Work, Employment and Society.

Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As part of the University of Southampton – a top 100 university (QS & U.S. News world rankings) and a founding member of the Russell Group – the Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (DSIE) enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence in research and teaching. DSIE is a leading UK department for the study of entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategy, and DSIE members systematically publish in world-class journals, such as, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Management Studies.

DSIE also has a vibrant community of doctoral researchers and a thriving undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) educational portfolio (i.e., MSc Business Strategy and Innovation Management, MSc Entrepreneurship and Management, MSc Digital Business, MSc International Management, MBA/Entrepreneurship pathway, UG Business Management/Entrepreneurship pathway).

DSIE is the departmental home of CISEI (Center for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation) that offers an inclusive platform for interdisciplinary and impactful research in the following subject areas: social and sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate social responsibility, family business, SMEs growth and international entrepreneurship, academic entrepreneurship, digital ecosystems, innovation management, the strategy process, philosophy of entrepreneurship, and the conceptual foundations of entrepreneurship studies.