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Management School contributes towards making the case for Social Sciences

Two management School case studies were featured in the Academy of Social Sciences’ “Making the Case for Social Sciences” booklet which includes research that has impacted upon large corporations and small firms, policymakers at regional and national levels, cross-national and international organisations in the public, private and third sectors.

The sixth issue of the Academy’s highly successful series of booklets containing stories of social science research that has made a difference to policy or practice was launched in Westminster on 18th June 2012 to an invited audience of policy makers and practitioners.

A strong evidence base is vital for policy making and the social sciences provide that background, said Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, addressing the audience at the launch event. He went on to note the ‘massive contribution that the academic community makes to [his department’s] work.’

Dr Cable said that research summarised in the booklet showing that private equity buyouts performed more strongly than buyouts using other types of funding was useful. “This is quite an interesting conclusion that goes against the accepted wisdom but is quite relevant in terms of the work of this department in promoting non-bank finances.

He highlighted some of the other case studies set out in the booklet. These included work showing that foreign-owned firms which practised good employee participation did well, and research, led by the Management School’s Professor Colin Williams, looking at how to tackle the cash-in-hand economy in Europe.

“There are also a whole lot of studies [in the booklet] not directly related to government polices which are quite important in terms of insights about the way that business functions,” he said.

Also featured in the booklet was the Management School’s research based on reverse logistics led by the Management School’s Professor John Cullen in collaboration with Cranfield University.

The book is published by the Academy of Social Sciences and is the sixth in a series promoting the work of social scientists. The online version of the booklet, as well as further information about the Making the Case for Social Sciences event is available here under the “Management” heading.

Further information about the Academy of Social Science can be found on their website.

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