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Finance and Corporate Governance

What we do

Drawing on finance and accounting, public sector management and business ethics, our research considers classical market efficiency and business financing, alongside wider concerns over ethical dimensions of corporate conduct including CSR responsibilities, reporting and social accounting.

With research conducted in the UK, Western Europe, China, South Asia and Tanzania, our findings have made significant contributions in relation to finance for Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs), the living wage, sustainable practices in fashion design, transparency and disclosure in supply chains, social accounting, rights of women migrant workers, and governance of patient safety.

Elements of our work are further developed through the Investing, Banking and Finance Research (IBFR) Group (link required to new group) and the Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance research cluster.

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about the work of the group, please email Suman Lodh or Andrea Werner.

We encourage participation and input from a wide range of stakeholders within academia and beyond

Featured research

Financing innovative small business

Great technology and innovations need financial backing early on when the risks can be high. Research led by Dr Robyn Owen has looked at how early stage businesses access finance. Her research has shown there are finance gaps for early stage businesses but these can be bridged by public policy that encourages private investment.

The research shows that success is linked to having good support alongside finance and the provision of follow on funding after the initial stages.  The findings of this Middlesex research have fed into the UK’s government development of new funds and expansion of existing ones in order to support innovative small and medium sized businesses to grow.

Finance pathways for young Innovative SMEs. Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance 28(1) https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2243.

The role of government co-investment funds in the supply of entrepreneurial finance: an assessment of the early operation of the UK Angel Co-investment Fund. Environment and Planning C 35(3): 434-456 https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0263774X16667072.

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