Research at Aston Business School (ABS) focuses on providing excellent, evidence-based and engaged insight for businesses, organisations, professional services and their role in society.

ABS’s core research strengths lie in engaging business and industry with excellent and relevant research. The School has significant expertise in the area of SMEs, social enterprise and entrepreneurship in general, as well in advanced services for industry and other businesses. 

Our five research centres provide key insights to researchers, students, and the private and third sector as well as policy makers:

In addition to the five research centres, ABS staff are involved in two interdisciplinary centres:

Members of staff involved in the research centres: 

Advanced Services Group

  • Led by: Professor Tim Baines
  • The centre's staff include: Dr Daniel Andrews, Dr Ali Z. Bigdeli, Torsten Dehn, Jekaterina Dmitrijeva, Jill Forrest, Patricia Garcia-Martin, Gill Holmes, Dr Angela Marqui, Iain McKechnie, John Morley, Eleanor Musson, Parikshit Naik, Dr Chris Owen, Dr Panos Petridis, Dr Andreas Schroeder, Dr Megan Ronayne

Aston Centre for Growth / Enterprise Research Centre

  • Aston Centre for Growth led by: Professor Mark Hart
  • Enterprise Research Centre led by: Professors Stephen Roper of Warwick and Mark Hart of Aston University

Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) 

  • Led by: Professor Monder Ram OBE

Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Business Prosperity

  • Led by: Professor Jun Du