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Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Research: 50

Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 72

RAE: 70 per cent of the Department's research was rated world leading or internationally excellent

Location: New Academic Building

About the Department

Our vision is to be recognised as the premier provider of management education and research in Europe, and one of the best in the world.

Our reputation, research and networks are what set us apart. The School is one of the world's leading social science institutions and one of the few institutions with a truly worldwide reputation. Our faculty, many of whom have joined us from top-ranked business schools, produce research across the management discipline and work as advisers to business, industry and governments alike. Our community and our networks are uniquely international and globally diverse.

We can offer you a unique business education experience. Our programmes are top-ranked by the Financial Times and combine the academic rigour, for which the School is internationally known and respected, with elements of the practical application of an MBA. Above all, we teach you how to think critically and to engage with complex problems. You will learn both the fundamental theories of management and the skills to critically evaluate current and future management problems, which you will continue to draw upon throughout your professional career. We also bring alumni, senior business people, senior political figures and senior civil servants directly into the classroom in order that you can learn from their experience.

Studying management at LSE will open employment options to you across a wide range of sectors including finance, banking and professional services firms as well as roles in industry and the public sector.

We currently have over 70 faculty who are divided among our five academic groups:

  • Central Academic Group
  • Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
  • Information Systems and Innovation Group
  • Management Science Group
  • Managerial Economics and Strategy Group

Academic Groups

Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group

The Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group examines how organisations manage people, as well as the wider social and economic context in which they operate. It has a triple emphasis:

  • Human resource management focuses on how organisations develop and motivate their employees to achieve the high standards of performance required in today's competitive and turbulent markets.
  • Employment relations explores the wider relations between employer and employee organisations, and the structure of labour markets.
  • Organisational behaviour examines individual perceptions, attitudes, behaviour and performance and the effects of group and organisational context on the individual.

The School has a long and proud tradition in the study of employment and organisations. More than a century ago, two of the School's founders, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, pioneered the first great social science studies of the labour and management problems of their day. They did so in the belief that efficient management and social justice went hand in hand.

The Group’s graduate degrees embrace not only strategy and policy within the firm but also the national and international regulation that shapes the relationship between managers and workers around the world. The Group  encourages its students to develop a critical approach and to value rigorous empirical research. Good empirical research requires clear concepts and a mastery of the relevant theory and knowledge. Students are encouraged to develop an intellectual confidence and independence of judgement to enable them to deal with difficult employment and people issues.

Employment relations and organisational behaviour lie at the intersection of many social science disciplines: economics, sociology, psychology, organisational studies, law and political science. The Group has a particular strength in comparative analysis, which is nourished by the international training of our academic staff and by the large number of different nationalities among the student body.

The Group has strong links with the human resource management profession and with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Many former students now occupy leading positions in human resource management and consulting firms and are enthusiastic supporters of the Group and current students.

Information Systems and Innovation Group

The Information Systems and Innovation Group is one of the largest and most well established groups of information systems (IS) researchers and teachers in Europe.

The Group has expertise across a broad range of areas within the information systems field, with a particular focus on social and organisational issues related to information and communication technology (ICT) innovation.

ICT is absorbing an ever-increasing proportion of the resources of organisations and governments. Consequently, there is a need for people in all professions to understand and assess the complex interactions between information technology and people. To do this it is essential to look beyond the technologies themselves and investigate the social and organisational contexts in which they are constructed and which they continuously influence.

The Group’s research and teaching emphasise the need to continuously explore the opportunities that technology provides. It seeks to understand the technological, organisational, social and economic factors that influence successful innovation. Using a variety of approaches from management and the social sciences, it explores the current problems of developing and managing information systems in organisations and developing appropriate policy responses.

The Group’s strong research base feeds into graduate teaching to produce up-to-date, research-led courses which prepare students for careers in the information society. There are numerous opportunities for people with information technology skills with industries that supply information technology and those that use it.

Management Science Group

Management Science has been taught at LSE for over 50 years. Particular strengths within the Group lie in mathematical programming and operations management. Specific research areas include combinatorial optimisation, integer programming, polyhedral combinatorics, graph theory, auctions and mechanism design, transportation networks, marketing-operations joint decision making, internet economics, wireless network problems, network optimisation, scheduling, routing, and algorithmic game theory. All Management Science faculty publish in the major international Management Science journals, including Operations Research, Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research, Transportation Science, and Combinatorica.

Managerial Economics and Strategy Group

Established in October 1990, under the directorship of Professor Peter Abell, this Group (formerly the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management) promotes teaching and research into management, focussing primarily on economics-related research. The Group’s research and teaching is dedicated to understanding the structures and strategies of firms, markets, industries and other organisational forms. Their practices, decisions, and interactions provide and respond to incentives and the Group’s core belief is that an understanding of the causes and consequences of these incentives is central to management, and the foundation on which to improve organisational practice and corporate performance. The Group is eclectic as to methodology and a wide variety of theoretical and empirical approaches flourish throughout the Group, but all embody the rigour appropriate to scientific investigation.

Opportunities for research

Our PhD programme draws upon the excellent general and specialised knowledge of the management disciplines available across the Department. The programme features five distinct tracks:

  • Business Economics
  • Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour
  • General Management
  • Information Systems and Innovation
  • Management Science

Each track resides within one of our five academic groups.

The programme is deeply rooted in both the theory and practice of management. Students undertake research at the cutting edge of the social science disciplines within the management field working alongside leading scholars in their area. The programme will provide grounding in the scope and theories of management and the challenges of research design. Students will have the opportunity to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of how these disciplines blend together in tackling the real problems that face organisations. Students should expect their research to contribute to the further intellectual development of these disciplines be it in a theoretical, empirical or policy-oriented manner. Please consult the Department of Management website for detailed information on each of the available tracks.

We welcome applications from applicants with a strong academic background. Students must meet high standards in all these fields and must apply their training to the construction of a research paper designed to underpin subsequent doctoral research. When applying, students should outline their proposed research clearly, ensuring that they cover each of the topics which we expect to be contained within a research proposal. For further information regarding our PhD programme please see|

Taught MSc programmes

Executive programmes


MPhil/PhD Management
Visiting Research Students

Application code: N2ZS (Business Economics); N6ZD (Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour); N2ZT (General Management); G5ZC (Information Systems and Innovation); N2ZR (Management Science) 


Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: MPhil/PhD 3/4 years (minimum 2), VRS up to 9 months (renewable)

Entry requirement: Applicants should have a UK taught masters degree in a relevant discipline, or the overseas equivalent, with a high merit or distinction overall and a merit in the dissertation (where one exists)

Please see PhD Management programme| for more information on the different programme tracks

English requirement: Research|

GRE/GMAT requirement: All applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT score

Fee level: See Tuition fees|

Financial support: LSE scholarships and studentships (see Financial support|). LSE is an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. The MPhil/PhD Management is part of the Global Economic Performance Policy and Management group of accredited programmes for funding (see Economic and Social Research Council|). If the Business Economics Track is taken, this is part of the 'Economics' group of accredited programmes

Application deadline 28 April 2014, but please note that the selection process for LSE PhD and Research Council Studentships will take place in two rounds, with funding deadlines of 10 January and 28 April. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents. For Research Council application by 10 January is strongly recommended.