From undergraduate degrees, right through to doctoral level qualifications, we place an industry focus at the heart of everything we do at Salford Business School. Ensuring that our research is grounded in real-world issues guarantees that we are able to push the boundaries of current thinking, whilst maintaining our practical impact.
Through collaboration with industry and guidance from our expert academics, we have created a research environment that is stimulating and supportive. Our aim is to deliver business solutions that impact on everyday life and equip our researchers with skills to help enhance their careers.
At Salford Business School, our research projects have been utilised by institutes like the Premier League and the National Lottery. ERASMUS projects like JEMSS involve collaboration with universities from Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania and Poland on innovative solutions to current issues facing European organisations.
Through the partnerships we maintain, a variety of businesses and organisations benefit from our applied research projects: from regional government and digital marketing, to project management and logistics.
Dr Tahir Rashid, DBA Director
Dr Tahir Rashid has extensive international higher education teaching and research experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional level and has taught and supervised students in UK, France, Germany, Austria, Lithuania and Pakistan. His areas of expertise include digital marketing, Islamic marketing, strategic management and marketing management.
As an experienced entrepreneur and management consultant with a background in fashion retail management, marketing and corporate strategy, Tahir has led government and European sponsored projects to assist SMEs to improve their management and IT capabilities. He is often sought out by news media for his views on consumer issues and has been a guest on BBC News 24.
Dr Neil Robinson, Module Leader, Research Philosophy and Literature Review
Dr Neil Robinson is a lecturer at Salford Business School, teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He started his career in the service sector, working in Hong Kong running training and development programmes for a number of hospitality providers and has travelled extensively throughout the region.
From an academic and scholastic perspective, Neil holds a PhD in the area of business and management. His research interests are in dark tourism heritage, terrorism prevention, services marketing and contemporary issues in business.
Neil is the author of a number of book chapters and academic journal papers and holds external examiner roles both in the UK and overseas. As an expert adviser, he is regularly approached by leading news organisations (including the BBC & ITV) to comment upon contemporary issues within the media.
Professor Sunil Sahadev, Module Leader, Introduction to Research Methodology
Having completed his PhD in Marketing at the Indian institute of Technology, Chennai, Prof Sunil Sahadev went on to work at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode and the School of Management at the University of Sheffield, before joining Salford Business School as a Professor in Marketing.
He has taught a variety of courses both in the UK and in India. Sunil’s research interests include research on boundary spanning elements in marketing, distribution channel management, e-services, International Management, internal marketing, service delivery issues in marketing, high-technology marketing, cross-cultural marketing, environmental marketing and marketing and sustainability.
Dr David Beech, Module Leader, Reflective Professional Development
Dr David Beech is a Scientist-practitioner organisational psychologist with over 15 years’ experience both working on executive MBA programmes, and working in partnership with senior managers and boards of directors on world-class cutting edge and innovative leadership development programmes.
David held managerial and executive roles in Organisation Development and People Management with Unilever, Siemens, Duracell and Nashua. He is a member of the University’s executive committee for the Health, Wellbeing and Society industrial collaboration zone.
David researches the contribution of leadership, creativity and reflective development to evolving human biocultural interaction and the implications for human flourishing across a tetra bottom line which balances evolving ethical requirements for profit, people, planet and progress.
Dr Mostafa Mohamad, Module Leader, Advanced Research Methodology
Dr Mostafa Mohamad is a system analyst by profession and an action researcher by blood. Mostafa has a variety of professional and academic experience in the areas of multi-layer systems development, e-Marketing, business modelling, and digital innovation.
At Salford Business School, he teaches a number of postgraduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of information management and systems development. His specific interests include systems thinking, e-commerce, strategic management and action research.
Professor Ralph Darlington, Director of Postgraduate Research
Ralph Darlington is Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Salford. His research is concerned with the dynamics of trade union organisation, activity and consciousness in Britain and internationally within both contemporary and historical settings. He is author of six books including What’s the Point of Industrial Relations?, an executive member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association and the International Association of Strikes and Social Conflicts, and secretary of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society.
The first stage of the Salford DBA is comprised of four online taught modules and an applied research project. The teaching for this aspect of the DBA takes place during year one and year two of the programme.
Through the four distinct modules, you will gain specialist knowledge via the development and application of theoretical frameworks, methods and techniques. You will complete the first stage of the programme with the undertaking of a 15,000 word research project related to your specific research area.
Whilst the taught element of your DBA takes place in the first stage of the programme, you’ll receive regular support from your tutors throughout. In the second stage of the DBA, years three, four and five, you will put the skills you developed in the first stage into practice through the research component.
Here, you will expand on your research project and produce a 60,000 word doctoral thesis that will be relevant to and informed by your own professional practice or organisation.
Over the course of the first two years of the programme, you will have the chance to visit Salford on three separate residentials. During these visits to Salford Business School, you will consolidate your learning, meet your supervisors in person, get answers to any questions you might have and network with your fellow DBA students.