What do we do?

Business Innovation Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been established to nurture economic growth and to address the concerns of business in an increasingly global economy. Operating under the auspices of the Charlton College of Business, BIRC accomplishes its goals through a variety of approaches:   ‌ 

  • Collaborating with companies and organizations to tackle the challenges of today’s technology driven world;
  • Using the university’s expert faculty and special resources to research the specific issues faced by modern business;
  • Providing advice and information on successfully participating in the international market;
  •  Furthering knowledge about current and emerging topics in business through conferences, workshops, and seminars;

Promoting the exchange of information, ideas and best practices:

  • among businesses - local, regional, national, and international
  • between business and academy

The Center believes that a healthy, growing economy depends on dynamic partnerships among businesses, faculty, students, and community groups. That philosophy is the foundation for its varied initiatives. As it organizes its programs and projects, the Center is focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises, which constitute an ever increasing part of southeastern Massachusetts’ economy.

Helping Individual Businesses 

Helping individual companies prosper is central to BIRC’s mission. The Center can assist companies with a variety of issues, ranging from supply chain management to efficient e-business practices. BIRC envisions a major role in helping businesses involved in marine sciences and technology, manufacturing, and service.

BIRC collaborates with other arms of the university, including the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (formerly the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center), the College of Engineering, and the School for Marine Sciences and Technology. Thus businesses will receive information and advice after thorough research and analysis by persons expert and experienced in the topic at hand.

BIRC also works closely with area Chambers of Commerce and similar groups to insure that the Center is an effective, accurate conduit for information exchange.


To remain strong and vital, a region’s economy needs in-depth research into issues, trends, and future challenges. BIRC is the vehicle for such exploration, dedicated to expanding knowledge through research. As a partner with companies and organizations, the Center seeks corporate, public, and private funds to support those projects that serve the needs of local businesses.

BIRC also can bring together scholars from a range of universities and institutions in this country and abroad, thus insuring that research is wide-ranging, timely, and international in nature. This outreach provides a multicultural, multi-disciplinary aspect to research endeavors, and businesses can only benefit from that.

Conferences & Publications, Corporate Partners            

BIRC promotes intellectual activity and debate through frequent conferences and forums, as well as through articles by Charlton College of Business faculty and other UMass Dartmouth professors. Disseminating information is a central part of the BIRC mission; offering up-to-date knowledge to its business partners, as well as to university students, is a principal goal of the Center.

Throughout the year, BIRC sponsors seminars, panel meetings, and round-table discussions on a wide range of topics and for a variety of audiences—from “Writing for Professional Journals” for academics, to “Best Practices in Supply Chain Management” for companies. With its focus on knowledge and research, BIRC is committed to the education of the business leaders of tomorrow. UMass Dartmouth students participate in the Center’s programs and activities. Many assist faculty as they tackle individual companies’ requests for help, while others are involved in more general research projects.

Through BIRC’s Corporate Involvement program, companies can participate in initiatives promoting business excellence, such as sponsoring student internships or faculty research, or describing their “real world” experiences to classes. Members of companies that become involved will work closely with individual professors on shaping research topics.