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Knowledge Hub


The Knowledge Hub is a key focus for innovation in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Through our wide range of Knowledge Clusters we bring together academic staff, students and ‘real world’ partners to make sense of the key challenges facing contemporary business and society.

Our Knowledge Clusters reflect the passion and expertise of our academic staff. Of equal importance, though, are the research needs of our business community. By bringing together a treasure trove of resource in a creative environment we seek to spark innovation in teaching, research and knowledge exchange that can really make a difference.

Our clusters are action-orientated and entrepreneurial as well as scholarly. They are passionate about working with a wide range of stakeholders to build a useful evidence base and facilitating practitioners to use that evidence to build a sustainable future.

Knowledge Hub Director, Professor Julia Rouse.

Becoming an Engaged Scholar with Professor Julia Rouse

2 December 2015

Do you want to do research that really makes a difference? Or are you under pressure to think about how your research can create impact? If so, come along for an interactive session on the methodology of engaged scholarship.

Outsmart Workshop with Exterion Media and the MPA

6 January 2016

Outsmart will talk through their credentials including their priorities and strategy. They will talk about a brand new initiative ‘Enlightenment of The Possible’ and their research around the Out of Home industry (OOH) and connected devices. They will also address the broader topics of effectiveness and ROI.

Knowledge Cluster Research Showcase Events

Various dates throughout 2016

A number of cross-faculty research events are being held to showcase the work of our Knowledge Clusters. The next one takes place on 21 January 2016 showcasing Work Psychology. This follows on from Gender and Creative Industries showcases in 2015.

A full list of our upcoming events features on the events calendar. Here, you will also find details of our past events.

Latest News and Opportunities


Outsmart Workshop – 10 free places available to MMU staff and postgraduates

Outsmart is the new trade marketing body for the Out of Home industry (OOH). Exterion Media and the MPA have organised a visit to Manchester by Outsmart on 6 January 2016.

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Professor Julia Rouse

Making maternity, paternity and shared parental leave work for entrepreneur parents

Pregnancy and infant care can be really tricky for parents who are the owners of small businesses. Knowledge Hub director, Professor Julia Rouse, has been thinking about this for several years following some longitudinal research of entrepreneur maternity experiences she undertook for the Leverhulme Trust.

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Call for papers – ICCI 2016: 18th International Conference on Creative Industry

The ICCI 2016: 18th International Conference on Creative Industry aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Creative Industry.

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Call for funding applications – Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS)

The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) invites applications twice yearly in January and July for funding to support events or activities that benefit the management studies communuty in general. The deadline for the latest round of applications is Friday 15 January 2016.

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Portrait of Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard and Jeff McCarthy with his award

Knowledge Cluster members’ success at MMU Knowledge Exchange Project Awards

Congratulations to Jeff McCarthy and Dr Kate Cook whose work was nominated for the Faculty of Business and Law Award in the 2015 MMU Knowledge Exchange Project Awards.

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Welcome to Business in Sport Knowledge Cluster co-leader Dr Daniel Parnell

Dan Parnell joins MMU Business School and the Business in Sport Knowledge Cluster as co-leader, arriving with details about an event he will be organising next year and four newly published journal articles.

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Portrait of John Kampfner

John Kampfner to speak at Creative Industries cluster event

John Kampfner, Director of Creative Industries Federation, will speak at one of our Creative Industries Knowledge Cluster events in February 2016. Formed in 2014, the Creative Industries Federation is both a significant and independent voice for the creative industries in the UK.

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Call for Papers – 3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

This symposium will focus on the following topic: ‘Designing Tomorrow‘s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation’, with a view to contributing to the further development of this fast-growing field.

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Portrait of Dr Amna Khan

Consumer Behaviour cluster reveals findings of gift-giving project at Manchester Mega Mela

A team comprising the Consumer Behaviour Knowledge Cluster, MMU Business School interns and volunteers led by Dr Amna Khan, will present the findings of Gift of Togetherness – a Heritage Lottery funded oral history project on Muslim gift-gifting cultures – at Manchester Mega Mela this weekend.

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CADE 2015

Jeff McCarthy’s notes from CADE Summer School 2015

The 2nd Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy (CADE) summer school took place in Venice on 28–30 May. Sponsored by CAGE and NEMODE, this was a genuinely informative and extremely well organised event. Jeff McCarthy (Creative Industries and Business in Sport clusters) was fortunate to be awarded a place. Here are his notes taken from the first two days.

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For more content from the Knowledge Hub, please visit the News and opportunities archive.

For more information

  • Director:
    Prof Julia Rouse
  • Address:
    Knowledge Hub,
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    Business School,
    All Saints Campus,
    Oxford Road,
    Manchester, M15 6BH,
    United Kingdom
For general enquiries, contact
  • Katherine Roycroft
    Research Project and Development Manager (Mon–Wed)
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 6067
  • Email:

  • Jane Walkington-Ellis
    Research Project and Development Manager (Wed–Fri)
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 3654
  • Email:

  • Gary Lindsay
    Research Administrator
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 2706
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Events at a glance