Research Impact

At Bayes Business School, we combine academic excellence with a keen focus on business and the professions to produce internationally recognised research that makes a difference across all sectors of society.

These case studies below provide working examples of Bayes's research output across a wide variety of fields.

Improving policies to increase disability employment

Influencing government policies to increase disability employment

Professor Nicolas Bacon

This research has helped shape government policies relating to the employment of 7.9m working age disabled people in the UK – including 3.7m people who are not currently in employment.

The research, which was published with fellow academics as part of disability@work, has helped establish apprenticeships targets for disabled people, shaped government targets for disability employment, affected the Disability Confident scheme and pushed for employer mandatory reporting, revised disability employment criteria in public sector procurement, and influenced a disability-inclusive government response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advancing the application of 'Expert Leadership'

Evidence proves value of ‘expert leadership’ in raising performance of healthcare and education

Dr. Amanda Goodall

Research by Dr Amanda Goodall is changing attitudes about the importance of expertise in middle management and leadership.

Dr Goodall dispels comments by UK government minister Michael Gove that ‘the country has had enough of experts’, by proving that organisations led and managed by core business specialists outperform those that are not.

This work has been adopted in healthcare, schools, universities, sports, politics, and engineering, with policy change as a result in the USA, Australia, India, the UK and Denmark.

A more accurate method of data collection

Innovative use of administrative data enabling local and national organisations to better cost, plan, and deliver services

Professor Les Mayhew & Gill Harper

There is evidence that the official population statistics provided by the national census were inaccurate at local authority level. To address this problem, Professor Mayhew and Gill Harper developed a method involving the use of truth tables for combining different data sources with different population coverage. This offers more a more accurate, flexible, and cost-effective way of producing data than the traditional survey-based census.

The methodology has been applied to education, public health, housing, health and social care, crime, service design, economic evaluation, transport planning, equality impact assessments, investigations into chronic disease and Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) for Primary Care Trusts.

To date, over sixty projects, enabled by this ‘Neighbourhood Knowledge Management’ methodology, have been completed for local authorities, healthcare organisations, central government, and the third sector. Thanks to the research, these organisations have gained access to more accurate, detailed, and relevant data which has helped them make better evidence-based policy and planning decisions, and to save money.

Gaining a greater understanding of the value of ESG

Enhancing the understanding and effectiveness of institutional investors' engagement with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues: new tools to assess how ESG engagement creates value.

Professor Jean-Pascal Gond

There has been a significant rise, globally, in investors engaging with companies about ESG issues, yet still little is known about how much value ESG engagement creates for them. Professor Gond led a research team that identified insights into how institutional investors' dialogue with companies on Environmental, Social, and Governance issues created value for both parties.

The framework of guidance that resulted from the research has been adopted by the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment, an organisation comprising 3,000 members, and has helped leading investment firms transform their work practices.