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Responsible Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

Recent debate as to the scale of corruption and poor governance in major institutions alongside general global CSR concerns have led to questions as to the legitimacy and purpose of business in society.

We undertake research to develop evidence, tools and educational approaches that demonstrate how business can be responsible, legitimate and credible in working for the greater good of society and facilitate innovative responses to complex social problems.

Recent research projects  include:

Dr Alex Hope: Beyond Business Ethics: Sustainability and Responsible Management in Business School Programme Curricula.

This project involves a content analysis of  business and management degree programme curricula in global business schools in order to develop a common understanding of responsible management education practices.

Publication: Hope, A. (2015) ‘Creating Sustainable Cites though Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.’ International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (forthcoming).

Dr Jenny Davidson: Embedding Sustainability within Organisations.

This project undertaken in partnership with Northumbrian Water investigates the most sustainable and method for private sector organisations working with NGO stakeholders to address sustainability issues and deliver CSR strategies.

Publication: Davison, J. (2013). ‘Moral Development as a Measure of Sustainability within Organisations.’ XII International Studying Leadership Conference, 14-16 December 2013, Rome, Italy. 


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