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University of Essex

Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group

We are a group of international researchers enhancing the frontiers of knowledge in management and business studies for the sustainable growth of business, society and the economy.

We are based at the University of Essex’s Southend Campus.

Our work

Our research is multi-disciplinary and falls within two broad and interrelated streams:

We have a diverse, primarily quantitative, management science research portfolio.

Example topics and disciplines include:

  • supply chain and operations
  • strategy
  • complex systems
  • network analysis
  • applied economics and econometrics

Much of our research is closely linked with the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre. Professor Vania Sena is the Centre’s Principal Investigator, with an additional three group members playing an integral role.

We support the growth and regional development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Research topics include:

  • marketing (such as B2B and CRM)
  • internationalisation
  • innovation
  • product and network development of SMEs
  • the challenges faced by specific entrepreneurial groups, such as social, female an ethnic entrepreneurs
  • the development of 'intrapreneur' i.e. entrepreneurial individuals operating within established organisations
  • how entrepreneurship can be delivered within education curriculum to increase entrepreneurial awareness, aspiration, intention and behaviour

We have worked on several knowledge exchange projects, including:

  • innovation voucher - championing corporate social responsibility at the grass roots level
  • low carbon voucher - developing a marketing strategy to help a small web-based business that faced difficulties in increasing awareness of their presence and services
  • low carbon KEEP programme - assisting a local business to develop and implement marketing and sales strategies to increase its sales of a carbon efficient, web-based HR system
  • mini KTPs - carrying out market research on entry and internationalisation of growing SMEs

Upcoming events

We run weekly seminars as part of our many research activities:

You can see all of our department's events in our calendar.

Past events

Masters courses

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Read our research

Read our latest research papers in the Essex Research Repository. Explore our publications and see the wide variety of fields we work in, from accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship to broader societal issues.

Research degree funding

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Join our internationally recognised research community. We’re home to several doctoral training centres and offer many research degree studentships and scholarships that could make your course fully-funded.

Southend Campus

Southend Campus

Our Southend Campus, in the heart of Southend-on-Sea, provides state-of-the-art teaching, business and study facilities, plus unique rehearsal and performance space in a converted church.