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Case Studies

Here are a few examples of our work that demonstrate research excellence and societal benefit. 

Narcissistic Leaders

Narcissistic Leaders

Have businesses turned into a “Me! Me! Me!” world of narcissism? Current developments in society have stimulated increasing public interest in this topic, especially in relation to leadership. According to statistics, narcissism is particularly prevalent in younger adults today, also described as the “Generation Me”. So, we really need to know more about how narcissism affects business thinking.

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The rise of the abandoned online shopping cart

Did you forget something?

It seems many of us are ‘abandoning our shopping carts.’ The issue is growing, and is faced by an increasing number of retailers across all sectors.

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International Marketing Strategies for Brazilian SMEs

Impacting International Marketing Strategies for Brazilian SMEs

A School research team has been working with five Brazilian SMEs in their efforts to enter new markets and thereafter sustain competitive advantages.

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Understanding the innovation process

To Strive for Greatness

Better understanding innovation processes.

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Integrated Reporting

Integrated Thinking Informs Sustainable Development

Conceptualising the contemporary corporate value creation process.

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Take me to your leader/manager

Out-of-fashion terminology doesn't necessarily equal out-dated concepts.

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Social connections, reference point and acquisition premium

A study that has attempted to quantify the old saying: Its not what you know but who you know, by analysing social connections in mergers and acquisitions so as to evaluate the importance of social connections.

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Entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention: Do female students benefit?

In this study, Westhead and Solesvik explore what they term the “relatively neglected view” that entrepreneurship education does not benefit female students as much as male.

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A Quarter Century Effort Yet to Come of Age: A Survey of Power Sector Reforms in Developing Countries

A report that investigates whether the gloal power sector reforms of the 1990s delivered the expected outcome of the availability of cheaper and more accessible energy.

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The Productivity Effects of Multiple Pay Incentives

Recent theoretical papers suggest that multiple incentives (involving both individual and group benefits) might prove more efficient than single ones. This paper tests the theory.

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‘Gimme Shelter’: experiencing pleasurable escape through the musicalisation of running

A study to investigate the role music might play to ease or improve the running experience.

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Supply Chain Integration

Supply chain integration configuration: Process structure and product newness

Christos Tsinopoulos and Heather McDougall set out to use existing survey data to look in detail at how supply chains are integrated and configured.

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Short-run and long-run dynamics of home price tiers, Damian Damianov

Short-run and long-run dynamics of home price tiers

Following the 2007-08 housing bust the premise that homes are always a good investment is now shattered. Researchers from the University of Texas-Pan American and Durham University Business School compared the recent market boom and bust with previous run-ups and downturns in the housing market.

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Stock market literacy, trust, and participation

This study looks at why some households invest in stocks and shares while others do not? Possible theories explaining non-participation include levels of optimism, the IQ of the investors (or non-investors), their political leanings and level of education.

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Protecting women’s safety: The use of smartphone apps in relation to domestic and sexual violence

Can smartphones and their data be used to protect users as well as entertain? Durham's role in one of the first projects to analyse the impact of the development of smart phone apps in relation to protecting users from domestic violence and abuse.

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Emergence of Market Orders: Audience Interaction and Vanguard Influence

Studies of shared market understanding have tended to concentrate either on a micro level, at which the meaning arises from collective effort; or a macro level, where meaning is drawn from the larger-scale structure of the institutions. This study sets out to look at market connections between the two. 

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Exploring the role of innovativeness and opinion leadership in diffusion

There has been much academic debate over the relationship between diffusion, innovation and opinion leadership. This research by Kiran Fernandes and Xiaohui Shi models the relationship between the three. 

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The power of the face: A reassuring image or an ethical encounter 

Recent academic studies have documented a shift in the look of companies’ annual reports over the past three decades or so from a reliance of dense pages of text to a more open style with increasing use of photographs. There is, however, an added dimension to this trend – one which goes beyond mere changes in design perspective. This study sets out not just to undertake a quantitative analysis of the change but also to place it in a philosophical context.

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The reorganisation of children’s social services in England

Changes to child welfare services following recent child cruelty cases have introduced a greater degree of ‘top-down’ management. Purcell and Chow have examined this shift in approach from a more individual style of working to one in which the work ‘on the ground’ is more strictly controlled, looking at possible tensions between the two.

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Gains to Chinese bidder firms

A study that examines the impact of foreign acquisitions by companies based in China compared with their acquisition of domestic firms.

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Muscle drain versus brain gain: technology transfer through player emigration and manager immigration

Does the exodus of players to foreign leagues – the so-called ‘muscle drain’ – weaken national football teams by lowering the standard of the domestic league.

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Michael Guo

What are the Causes and Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions? The UK Evidence

A study to investigate the nature of links between causes and consequences of mergers in the UK, focussing in particular upon the performance of the merged (or acquiring) company after acquisition.

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Economic nationalism and foreign acquisition completion: the case of China

Research into the impact of economic nationalism upon three key elements – national security, foreign relations and national growth policy.

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Political Uncertainty and Stock Market Volatility in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Countries

How the events of the Arab Spring changed the financial context of business and investment. 

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Minimum wage increases in a recessionary environment

What happens when the minimum wage is increased? Does it harm those in low- wage sectors and low wage earners such as teenagers or, as much recent research seems to indicate, leave their employment largely unaffected while improving their earnings?

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Is India Shining?

Economic development in India is proceeding apace, but does such rapid development produce a growing disparity between rich and poor areas in the country.

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‘I wouldn't say it's sexism, except that ... it's all these little subtle things': healthcare scientists' accounts of gender in healthcare science

Gender issues in the workplace.

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Putting power in its place: The centrality of edgelands

Design can play an instrumental role in controlling not just workplaces but workforces too. The relationship between humans and objects – not just buildings but also the associated ‘non-human actors’ of the wider environment – is the subject of this research paper.

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Joint Influences of Individual and Work Unit Abusive Supervision on Ethical Intentions and Behaviors: A Moderated Mediation Model

A study which sets out to model the influence of abusive leadership on an organisation and tests the extent to which it influences, either directly or indirectly, the behaviour of those affected.

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Christos Tsinopoulos

Influencing Procurement Policy and Practice in the North East of England

A study for the North East Procurement Organisation into the consequences of current procurement practice in the North East of England and recommended improvements. 

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Pan-European police forces

We've been working with European police forces to address the challenges involved in organisational change.

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Professor Nick Ellis

Constructing identities in Indian networks: discourses of marketing management in inter-organisational relationships

Research into business-to-business networks and relationships in the global commercial world; the case of India.

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