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THE University of Portsmouth’s Business School has beaten stiff competition from 14 different countries to win a research grant.

The funding, from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, will enable the school to carry out research on management performance.

The findings should help small and medium-sized businesses in the UK improve management performance and communications with both customers and suppliers.

The research will be carried out by Professor Lisa Jack from the University of Portsmouth and Drs Juan Manuel Ramon Jeronimo and Raquel Florez-Lopez from the Universidad Pablo Olavide in Seville, Spain.

Naomi Smith, research and development manager at CIMA said: ‘It is our hope that this research will highlight best practice and lessons that can be used by companies in improving performance management.’

Any local businesses interested in taking part in the study or that want to be told when the results are out should contact lisa.jack@port.ac.uk.