Sharpening the competitive edge of institutions
Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting is one of six Research Divisions within Henley Business School at the University of Reading, and part of the Prosperity & Resilience research theme.
Work within BISA integrates socio-technical thinking and interdisciplinary expertise in areas such as information management, business processes and systems, accounting and finance. Its aim is to help sharpen the competitive edge and scrutinise the governance of institutions across a range of business domains.
Our research of informatics – the creation, management and utilisation of information in scientific and economic activities – is focused on identifying changes that businesses can use to maximise their 'added value'. Areas of interest include health informatics, digital transformation, data analytics and AI applications.
Our research of systems is addressed from the disciplines of operational research and operations management and is interested in the processing of information, improving decision making through the application of advanced analytical methods and improving the design and management of operational systems and supply chains. Areas of interest include system dynamics, systems thinking, servitization/service-based business models and supply chain resilience.
Our research of accounting and accountability focuses on the governance of financial institutions, including pension fund governance and accounting, socially responsible investment, and institutional investor engagement and dialogue. Our researchers are also exploring the governance framework of banks across the European Union.
Key themes running throughout our research include sustainability, digitalisation and digital transformation, and financial decision making. Across these key themes, our researchers carry out applied, interdisciplinary research alongside industry, academia and government in large, regional and international, and impactful projects that supports knowledge transfer and research commercialisation. Example partners include Huawei, Thales, Aerospace Wales, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, and local SMEs.