Salford Business School Research

Business research student

Salford Business School Research achieved the biggest growth in research quality among the business schools in the North West with 140% growth in world leading research and with 40% of its impact judged as outstanding in REF 2014 assessment. Our outstanding impact in Sports Business is highlighted through our development of EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official ratings system of the Barclays Premier League. Our vision is to develop next-generation business, management and law research that is industry-relevant and digitally-informed.

We leverage the historical reputation of the university in technology-led, applied innovation by organising resources around our multi-disciplinary sector-based centres and our four discipline groups.

We have a compelling record of generating research in partnership with: SMEs—we are a top 5 university for SME engagement (Witty Review); city-regions, regional government, and international organisations; international rail operators; rail trades unions; national and international sports and gaming administration agencies; football governing bodies and professional football leagues; gambling regulatory authorities and policy makers.


Dr Gordon Fletcher
School Lead for Research

Salford Business School Research Centre
Maxwell Building
University of Salford
M5 4WT

Research Clusters

Disruptive Technologies Cluster

The Disruptive Technology Research Cluster (DTC) aims to create impact research to solve business problems and improve the wellbeing of people through technology and new business models. On the website you will find more about DTCarticlesmembersresearchpublications and PhD’sevents and contact.

More information about the Disruptive Technology Cluster.


Dr. Alex Fenton
T: +44 (0)161 295 4127

Data Analytics Cluster

The Data Analytics Cluster aims to create impactive research solving business problems; it’s focus is the transformation of data into actionable information and knowledge, adding value to business, enabling healthier lives, optimising processes and enriching experiences of users.


Rich Dron

T: +44 (0)161 295 5507


Project Management Cluster

The cluster revolves around project management research which is founded on the following three pillars:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Digitalisation
  3. Knowledge Management


Dr Moheeb Abualqumboz

T: +44 (0)161 295 7045

Governance, Legal, and Ethics Research Cluster

The Governance, Legal, and Ethics Research Cluster (GLE) at Salford Business School brings together legal and business scholars working to address some of the most pressing social and economic challenges we face in the Anthropocene epoch.

More information about the Governance, Legal, and Ethics Research Cluster.


Dr Paolo Sandro

T: +44 (0)161 295 2128

Cluster for Operational Research and Process Optimisation

The Cluster for Operational Research and Process Optimisation brings together researchers, people from the industry, and practitioners in the fields of operational research, supply chain management, manufacturing and optimisation. We offer cutting-edge expertise, experience, and methodology to help organisations to improve and optimise their processes. 

Our multidisciplinary research team includes experts in control and modelling, forecasting, econometrics, big data analytics, and additive manufacturing. We are involved in world-class research and deliver our knowledge through research projects, partnerships with industry, consultancy, and teaching.  We collaborate with many companies including Bosch Rexroth, Siemens, and JLR.

More information about the Cluster for Operational Research and Process Optimisation.


Dr Christos Papanagnou

T: +44 (0)161 295 5091