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The adoption of controlled experiments is one of the most important trends in business research. It largely stems from the desire to move beyond empirically documenting correlations of factors to establishing causation. 

The Experimental Methods in Business Research Group (EMBR) provides an umbrella for the development of the research infrastructure and the intellectual environment for experimental-based research at Durham University Business School, as well as the Durham University research community at large. The research group is interdisciplinary and includes members from outside the Business School from Psychology and Political Science.  

The adoption of controlled experiments is one of the most important trends in business research. It largely stems from the desire to move beyond empirically documenting correlations of factors to establishing causation. This trend is evident in the rapidly increasing number of papers using experimental methods in top journals and its potential to generate impact (see FT article). Further, for schools that emphasise research-led teaching, experimental research is one of the types most easily brought to the classroom. 

The Experimental Methods in Business Research Group (EMBR) provides an umbrella for the development of the research infrastructure and the intellectual environment for experimental-based research at Durham University Business School, as well as the Durham University research community at large. The research group is interdisciplinary and includes members from outside the Business School from Psychology and Political Science. 

In terms of research infrastructure, EMBR overseas the management and development of the Experimental Science Lab at the Wolfson Research Institute at the University's Queen's Campus. The development of the intellectual environment involves the running of a workshop series, research conferences, and the supervision of PhD students. 

Many of EMBR’s activities are done in concert with a close relationship with the Behavioral Economics Northeast Cluster. BENC is a collaborative effort between Durham University Business School and Newcastle University Business School. BENC promotes and facilitates experimental and behavioural research in the domains of academia, policy and business, and promotes the international visibility of Northeast England as leader in these areas. In addition, the cluster helps identify and support a critical mass of expertise under one visible banner, greatly increasing the potential impactful outreach within the public and private sectors. BENC delivers a series of workshops hosted by both internal and external speakers. The location alternates between Durham University Business School and Newcastle University. 

The five-year objective of the EMBR group is to place Durham in the premier bracket of UK institutions for experimental business research in the UK and establish a strong global reputation. 

  • Consistently publishing 3- and 4-star quality research in the areas of economics, finance, accounting, operations management, marketing, and organisational behaviour. 
  • Attracting and supervising high-calibre PhD students capable of winning NEDTC studentships or other competitive scholarships, and the placement of PhD graduates at leading research universities, as well as research positions in the public and private sector. 
  • Successful engagement with public and industry partners incorporating experimental methods that lead to high quality impact 

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The adoption of controlled experiments is one of the most important trends in business research. It largely stems from the desire to move beyond empirically documenting correlations of factors to establishing causation.

Kenju Kamei
Associate Professor in Economics and Director for EMBR

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We engage with public and industry partners to incorporate experimental methods that lead to high-quality impact.

  • Our Research

    The Durham PhD gives you the opportunity to combine rigorous academic theory with research to influence the world of business.
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  • Our People

    Meet our team of experienced researchers.
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  • Our Publications

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Our Research

The Durham PhD gives you the opportunity to combine rigorous academic theory with research to influence the world of business.
Three business people actively discussing near a window

Our People

Meet our team of experienced researchers.
A group of business people around a desk with papers

Our Publications

Browse our wide range of published research articles and chapter in book.
Skyscraper buildings looking towards the sky

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about the Experimental Methods in Business Research Group (EMBR), please email Kenju Kamei.

Experimental Methods in Business Research Group

Durham University Business School 
Mill Hill Lane 
Durham DH1 3LB, UK 

Telephone: 
+44 (0)191 334 5200