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Professor Abby Ghobadian's primary research interest is to examine the causes of variations in organisational performance, how organisational performance can be improved, and effectiveness of management practices. As a part of this ongoing research interest he has examined the effect of a variety of management practices on performance and productivity of organisations including the deployment of soft and hard technologies, quality, benchmarking, strategic planning, strategic thinking, ownership structure, and leadership. He has obtained research funding from a variety of Government Departments, European Commission, ESRC, educational trusts such as the Anglo-German Foundation and Gatsby, EPSRC to establish two teaching companies, as well as funding from CIMA, IRS and ESF Objective Four. He has authored/co-authored 62 refereed journal articles, seven monographs, two edited books and numerous book chapters and conference papers. He has successfully supervised 12 PhD students to completion.