The University of Glasgow has a distinguished history of research in business related subjects that spans centuries, beginning with the establishment of the Chair in Moral Philosophy in 1727. This important role, which Adam Smith held in 1752, marks the birth of the subject of Political Economy at Glasgow.

Today, the School is home to enlightened research in the areas of Accounting & Finance, Economics and Management. Our research is rigorous and relevant to today’s business and policy environments. Staff at ASBS are engaged with practitioners, organisations, and academic institutions in the UK and abroad, to push the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of business and economics, and work to make a real impact on society.

Our academics have conducted research for public and private sector organisations around the world, financial consultants to Wall Street and City, the UK and Scottish governments, foreign governments and numerous central banks.

The School is made up of three subject areas: Accounting and Finance, Economics, and Management. In addition, there are a number research clusters that provide a focal point for research activity.

Accounting & Finance

Accounting and Finance is a broad-based subject group, with research strengths in the main sub-areas of Finance and Market Based Research, Financial Reporting and Management Accounting and Control. There is also significant presence in the specialist areas of Accounting Education, Accounting History, Auditing and Corporate Governance.

Members of the Accounting and Finance subject group regularly publish in leading refereed journals, such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Banking and Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Accounting Forum, British Accounting Review, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, European Accounting Review, European Financial Management, European Journal of Finance, Journal of Accounting Literature, Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, Management Accounting Research, Accounting History and Accounting Education, among others.


Members of the Economics subject group regularly publish in leading refereed journals, such as the Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Monetary Economics, European Economic Review, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Staff also have editorial roles on journals such as Bulletin of Economic Research, Economic Studies, Economie Internationale, the Open-Assessment E-journal, International Economic Journal, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Regional Studies, and Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

Members of Economics have been research collaborators in and consultants to several international and government organisations around the world, including the IMF, World Bank, United Nations (UNCTAD, UNDP and UNFAO), United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research, Commonwealth Secretariat, numerous central banks (including the European Central Bank), HM Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry (now Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) of the UK government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland Government, European Commission, and a number of government organisations in developing countries. Our research has also been used by numerous private sector institutions, particularly London–based financial institutions.


In the Management subject group, we have reinforced the development of research excellence across key areas of management and developed creative links with other Schools across the university. We produce research that is world-leading in terms of originality and significance and publish in leading peer reviewed journals. Our research contributes to theoretical advancement as well as being relevant to management practice. And findings from our research are fed directly into our teaching.

Our research has included national and international inter-disciplinary collaborations, not only with academic researchers, but also policymakers and managers, addressing issues ranging from the internationalisation of SMEs through to the impact of technology on consumption.

A distinctive feature of the research within Management is the cross-over between conceptual and practical dimensions of research. This reflects a concern with the relevance and impact of management research on business and policy communities.