An introduction to the Business School's Management Science and Business Economics research group, including its academic staff members, teaching and group research.

Research in the Management Science and Business Economics (MSBE) group focuses on the development of innovative methodologies and frameworks to analyse issues of importance to business and policy decision-making, with a particular focus on the management and understanding of risk. International, inter-disciplinary, and industrial collaborations are central to the group's approach.

Research Centres and Networks

The group is directly responsible for the Credit Research Centre. In addition, many of the group's members are involved in the OR Group of Scotland.

Credit Research Centre (CRC)

CRC is an impartial research group devoted to the study of credit. It engages in both theoretical and highly applied research of interest to all stakeholders in the industry.

Visit the CRC Website
Operational Research Group of Scotland

This is the official regional body of the OR Society; the world's first catering for the operational research profession. The MSBE group are heavily involved in shaping the activities of this group.

More About the OR Society


Credit Scoring and Credit Control

The Credit Scoring and Credit Control conference, held biannually, covers all aspects of credit scoring and credit control including fraud scoring, debit scoring, reject inference, charges, data protection and neural networks. It is organised by the Credit Research Centre (CRC) and is Europe's premier conference for credit scoring and related topics.

Upcoming and Past Conferences

Research Projects

Details of past and present research projects involving Management Science and Business Economics are detailed on the Edinburgh Research Explorer.

View Projects on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Seminar Series

Management Science and Business Economics seminars focus on interdisciplinary contemporary research issues. Speakers include renowned scholars from top UK and international institutions as well as industry practitioners from multinational firms.

Upcoming Seminars



Non-executive Director Programme 2019

  • with George Elliott; CA Plural Chair of private and public listed companies, former CFO Wolfson Microelectronics plc
  • Calendar Thursday
  • Clock 17:00–21:00
  • Navigate Conference Room

Session 2: 'The Role of the NXD in Growing a Company' – focussing on the issues and challenges arising with entrepreneurial firms including managing the founder and other investors, setting strategic direction, adhering to the business plan, building an effective board, dealing with conflict and fundraising.




Internationalization Strategies of Family Firms In Different Historical Contexts: Critical Junctures And Imprinting

  • with Tanja Leppäaho; Professor of Growth Entrepreneurship and Academy of Finland Research Fellow at LUT University
  • Calendar Wednesday
  • Clock 15:30–17:00
  • Navigate Lecture Theatre 1A

This interactive seminar invites Tanja Leppäaho as an expert in the fields of international entrepreneurship, networking, process, family entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship and qualitative methodology. Tanja will especially discuss her paper about internationalization strategies of family firms, followed by a Q&A session with our PhD students.




Marketing Research Seminar: Therapeutic servicescapes and market-mediated performances of emotional suffering

  • with Dr Leighanne Higgins; Lancaster University
  • Calendar Wednesday
  • Clock 14:00–15:30
  • Navigate Room G.05

Dr Higgins and Dr Hamilton will present their ethnographic study on therapeutic servicescapes recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research. As part of their talk, they will also share their experiences of writing and revising the paper through the review process.




Executive MBA Open Night and Mini-Masterclass – "New Venture Creation"

  • with Dr Jo Young; Director; Electv & The Scientific Editing Company
  • Calendar Tuesday
  • Clock 18:00–21:00
  • Navigate 1st Floor, MBA Suite

Join us for a Mini-Masterclass and learn how our Executive MBA can accelerate your career.