Improving lives through business

We create impact by identifying big challenges, applying business insights to help solve these challenges, and forging communities of learning and practice to implement large-scale and enduring change

We are committed to developing, sharing, and implementing business expertise to solve the three development challenges:


Millions of people remain unable to fulfil their potential and their aspirations because they lack access to basic health, education, and skills.


Most of the world’s poor eke out a living as entrepreneurs, and most of their businesses are forever stunted. Employment opportunities are often scarce, and employment conditions poor. Opportunities for successful entrepreneurship and employment are unequally distributed.


Too many people live in societies that are fragile. They have limited access to enabling institutions and infrastructure, and their lives are too frequently disrupted and calamitous.

The Wheeler Institute will create positive change through three mutually reinforcing activities that address these challenges:

Conducting Rigorous Research

Our ambition is to be a pre-eminent hub for trusted insights on business solutions to development challenges. We are impartial, academically rigorous and take a systemic view on problems. Our approach is multidisciplinary and problem focused.


Forging Communities of Practice

We help forge communities of practice to create impact. We seek large scale and enduring change, and recognize the many others – across business, government, and civil society – who have ideas, energy, resources, and skills to make this change happen. We develop frameworks for collaboration that promote systemic change and progress.


Shaping Business Education

We inform and influence learning so that the business leaders of tomorrow are long term agents of positive change. We promote evidence-based practices to enable the scaling of solutions within business organisations

About the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

Discover who we are, what we do and how we collaborate to deliver impact where it is most needed.


Congratulations to Amrita Kundu - one of our Wheeler Institute supported researchers!

Amrita was selected as one of the six finalists in the 2019 MSOM (Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society) Student Paper Competition for her paper titled ‘Timely After-Sales Service and Technology Adoption: Evidence from the Off-Grid Solar Market in Uganda’.

Watch Amrita’s research

We have now selected the successful proposals of our second round of funding submitted in August 2019.

This call for proposals was open to LBS tenured and tenure-track faculty, research fellows, post-doctoral and PhD students as well as PhD students who have been invited to present their paper at the 19th Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Conference (TADC).

Watch our most recent supported research
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LBS awarded major donation by co-founders of Lonely Planet

Tony and Maureen Wheeler gift

£10 million for the new London Business School Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

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Business and Fragile States

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Doing business in a war zone

Mo Ibrahim on the role business can play in strengthening fragile states

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