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The Centre for Business in Society REF2021

The REF (Research Excellence Framework) is a periodic exercise of research assessment and annually distributes public funding to support research activities in higher education institutions. For the Centre for Business in Society, the REF result qualifies our research as our biggest and best performance to date. 

CBiS submitted six case studies into the Business and Management Unit of Assessment which formed part of Coventry University’s wider submission and represent some of our research areas of expertise:

CBiS Impact Case Studies

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Reducing the Public’s Financial Vulnerability

Research led by academics in CBiS investigated the effectiveness of different approaches to help adults in low-to-moderate income households successfully manage their money.

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Paralympic history and its impact on the lives of disabled people

Research by the Centre for Business in Society has established a unique database on the history and development of the Paralympic Games that has significantly increased awareness of issues connected with disability in the wider society.

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Improving employment and skills policies to support sustainable employment and progression

Research led by academics from the Centre for Business in Society has had national and sub-regional policy impact on employment through the roll-out of new programmes.

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Promoting the value of sustainable practices in global cut-flower supply chains

Research by the Centre for Business in Society has shown how cut-flower producers, wholesalers, retailers, governments, and representative groups can embed sustainability policies and practices within supply chains.

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Towards a secure digital transformation of business and society

Research led by the Centre for Business in Society has examined issues regarding digital resilience across a diverse set of commercial and public sectors, diagnosing and exploring poor practices which place organisations, investors, and customers at risk.

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Transitions in the automotive sector: challenges in delivering a low emission strategy

UK policy to ban sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles by 2030 presents considerable challenges for people, businesses and places. Multiple research projects led by Coventry University have resulted in policy solutions that have positively influenced behaviours regarding the adoption of electric vehicles.


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