Research is an increasingly important task of institutions of higher education in management and social sciences. It is through high level research that universities can contribute to the solution of local and regional problems being economic, social or environmental in nature.

BME GTK has been pursuing research activities since its foundation 20 years ago. These activities have contributed to both the development of its teaching curricula and to the advancement of science in many different fields.

Research activities at GTK are embedded in the wider context of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and its seven faculties in engineering and natural sciences. As a result, research efforts are often multidisciplinary in nature and focus on the economic and social aspects of innovative engineering solutions – a must in today’s fast changing societies.

Departments and research centres

Research is conducted in the departments and centres of the Faculty, as well as the Doctoral School of Business and Management and the Quantitative Social and Management Sciences Research Group, which houses interdisciplinary research activities since 2018.

Typical areas of scientific research at the Faculty include topics related to the management of business organisations, business economics, corporate finance, theoretical economics, applied pedagogy, workplace ergonomics, the regional and business aspects of Sustainable Development, sociology, communication and media studies, the history of science, and argumentation theory.

The Faculty is also actively involved in the work of more than fifty national and international organisations and institutions through its organizational or individual membership and faculty members take important positions in professional bodies, steering committees and editorial boards.

Departments and research centres

Research projects

National and international collaboration is an important element of scientific research carried out at GTK. Departments and centres implement a number of research projects both with Hungarian and international partners, mainly within the European Union.

Collaboration with the engineering and natural science faculties of BME is another key priority for GTK. A shining example of this is the participation in the FIKP project, a Hungarian government financed project aiming at several overarching topics: nanotechnology and material science, biotechnology and health, artificial intelligence and future mobility/smart cities, water management and catastrophy prevention. Three department of GTK, namely the Department of Business Law, the Department of Environmental Economics and the Department of Sociology and Communication participate in these projects concentrating on the legal, social and sustainability implications of the different issues.

For more information regarding research projects, consult the web pages of our Departments and Centres.

Scientific events

The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at BME and its departments and centres regularly host national and international events, such as scientific conferences and workshops. These events serve as a tool to discuss the latest results in the many different scientific fields covered by the activities of the Faculty.

In 2018 the Faculty organised the 25th International EurOMA (European Operations Management Association) conference in cooperation with the Széchenyi István University and the Institute for Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The Conference aimed at ’fulfilling EurOMA’s vision in the new era of networks, big data, and advanced data analytics by giving theory-based, practically relevant, generalizable and innovative answers to current and emerging issues in services, manufacturing and capability development (that is servitization, at its core’).

Scientific conferences and workshops

In 2020 the Faculty will host the 26th Annual Conference of ISDRS, the International Sustainable Development Research Society. This is the first time that the Conference is held in a Central and Eastern European country. The special topic of the upcoming conference will be ’Sustainability in Transforming Societies’. Its objective is to identify the most important trends in today’s societies (happening either as a result or parallel to the environmental and social crises we face) and explore the sustainability implications of these large scale changes including shifts in demographics and the polarization evident in many societies; internal and external migration; the shifting centres of economic power; and digitisation of the economy, as well as its impact on our rapidly changing lifestyles.