Organisations, Markets and Policy

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  • Based in the Hertfordshire Business School, Organisations, Markets and Policy Research Group (OMP-RG) is convened by Professor Hulya Dagdeviren.

    The group conducts research on:

    • firms, corporations and other business organisations
    • financial institutions and financial markets
    • labour and product markets
    • public services and utilities

    Researchers in Organisations, Markets and Policy are inspired by pluralist/heterodox perspectives in Business Studies (including Economics, Finance and Management), especially critical political economy and institutional economics.

    Interests in the group focus on the fundamental entities of business studies in the global economy. Some of our work is theoretical, others is applied and has policy oriented focus. We employ and advocate interdisciplinary approaches in both areas.

    Our research covers a range of sectors and institutions in different geographies, including the UK, Europe, Asia and sub Saharan Africa. The scholars in this group have expertise and interest in the following areas:

    • The socio-economic outcomes of the conduct of business organisations and markets, including various forms of economic inequality, unemployment and social/public provision
    • Critical perspectives on finance and accounting, including studies of financial cooperatives, financialisation, performance convergence, and governance and accountability
    • The nature, evolution and governance of business organisations, extending into the structure and governance of firms, corporations and markets and their implications in terms of the performance at various levels

    Hulya Dagdeviren

    Hulya Dagdeviren is a Professor of Economic Development at University of Hertfordshire.

    She worked as an advisor for international institutions such as the United Nations Development Programme and acted as external evaluator for the EU research funding programmes. At present, she is the Co-editor in Chief of Competition and Change, an interdisciplinary journal, publishing high quality research on globalisation, financialisation and political economy.

    Meet the team

    Funded research projects


    journal coverCompetition and Change is an international peer-reviewed journal, uniquely featuring theoretical, empirical and policy oriented research that aims to develop an understanding of the causes and consequences of competition and change with respect to globalization, financialisation and broader conceptualisations of restructuring capitalist relations.

    The journal is interdisciplinary and welcomes contributions from a wide range of social science disciplines, including heterodox economics, political economy, critical research on work, management and organisation, economic geography, sociology, development studies and international relations.

    Networks of Excellence

    WINIR logoThe Organisations, Markets and Policy Research Group is engaged in networks of international excellence and attracts prestigious grants. Three members of OMP (Professor Geoffrey Hodgson, Dr. Francesca Gagliardi and Dr. David Gindis) hold board-level positions within the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR).

    WINIR is a global network of around 500 members across 6 continents dedicated to the study of the nature, function, evolution, and impact of the institutions and organisations of economic and social life.

    Research students

    Olajide AjewoleThe moderating impact of formal and informal financial institutions on the growth of small and medium scale enterprises in the Nigerian manufacturing sector.PhD
    Adebowale AkandeMarket Oriented Programmes for Rural Poverty Alleviation: A Study of AgResults in Nigeria.PhD
    Tanweer AliFirms, ownership and corporate governance.PhD
    Osaren EmokpaeAn exploratory study of how and why some Micro finance Banks overcome adversity and why others do not.PhD
    Elmo GomesThe Replication of Organizational Routines in Franchise Systems.PhD
    Stamatis MitropoulosCreation, Dissolution and Sustainability of Labour-Managed Firms.PhD
    Jonathan MyersChanging the Tune: Conceptualising the Effects of the Global Financial Crisis on Stakeholder Perceptions of Corporate Value.PhD
    Vivien OjadiBank Consolidation and Operational Risk Management.PhD
    Lianne OosterbaanTenure Rights, Gender and Food Security in South India.PhD
    Nana OseiThe factors that limit or enhance the effectiveness of microcredit for poverty reduction in the context of Ghana.PhD
    Michelle Brazil RugnettaUnderstanding the Commercialization of Innovative Medical Technology from a Co-Evolutionary Perspective.PhD
    Zachary StevensMass Media’s Influence on Policymaking Authority and Outcomes.PhD
    Masimba ZataAn empirical study on efficiency capacity and drivers in the UK insurance industry after the 2008 financial crisis.PhD
    Oleg ZhukovNational cultures’ influence on the ability of MNCs’ affiliates to locally adapt global marketing strategies.PhD

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