What is the Centre for Sustainable Business Practices?
The Centre for Sustainable Business Practices (CSBP) aims to encourage, facilitate, capture and promote research and consultancy into business sustainability. In this context sustainability is being defined as “an ultimate objective of maintaining indefinitely the viability of our economies, the societies in which they exist and the physical environment on which they all depend.” (Jenkins, 2009 p.21). The impact of sustainability is being felt across all business activities and is a consideration with any stakeholder relationship whether it is adopting a corporate social responsibility approach with customers, defining environmental regulations with suppliers or exploring ways to protect shareholders. The intended impact of this centre also links closely with the University’s Social Impact agenda, particularly Challenge 4: Make Northamptonshire the best county in the UK to start, build and run a business.
This Centre creates an interdisciplinary platform for research activity across the Faculty of Business and Law through the development of four research groups within the Centre. In addition to this, it facilitates co-operation with colleagues across the University and with external partners with the goal of producing valuable research with demonstrable impact.
Reference: Jenkins H. (2009) A ‘business opportunity’ model of corporate social responsibility for small- and medium-sized enterprises, Business Ethics: A European Review, 18,1,21-36
Areas of interest
The Centre for Sustainable Business Practices has a wide range of research interests. Four main themes have been identified and utilised to create four research groups within the Centre. Below are only some selected topics currently under study with these groups:
- Entrepreneurship and small Business Development
- Corporate Social Responsibility and SMEs
- Measuring Social Value
- Empathy in Social Enterprise
- Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Advertising ethics and regulation
- The ethics of business gifting
- Sustainable Business Practices and FMCGs
- Discrimination and Modern Slavery
- Economies and Markets
- Takeover regulations to protect shareholders
- The role of trade unions across Europe
- Legal Frameworks and Regulated Markets
- Marketisation of public Service Provision
- EU Internal Market and the Brexit challenge
- Consumer Citizenship and economic agency
Research collaboration with Amity University
Three members of the Centre, Kathleen Mortimer, Angela Rushton and Sally Laurie, visited Amity University in Noida to participate in their International Business Horizons Conference in the track “Marketing Ethics and sustainability”. Informal discussions also led to the identification of possible research collaboration.
International Workshop on Sustainability of Food Supply Chains
This international workshop was sponsored by the British Council (Newton Fund) and the Brazilian National Council for state Funding Agencies. Its aim was to increase researcher mobility in Eco food supply chain systems and promote new international collaborations, networks and projects. It had the participation of twenty researchers from the UK and twenty researchers from Brazil. It was organised and coordinated by Dr Luciano Batista from Northampton Business School.
Joint research output in terms of conference papers and articles in the area of Marketing Ethics and Sustainability.
Northampton Business School hosting the 2016 ISBE SIG conference to create networking opportunities and future collaboration.
Working with Almaty Management University in Kazakhstan on a funded project to develop a joint Masters programme in Entrepreneurship.
This research collaboration is focused on research on the role of participatory methodologies in community based tourism enterprises (CBTEs)
Joint funded project on: “Eco food supply chains: Exploring industrial ecosystems to minimize food waste and maximize social benefits”. In partnership with the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) university in Brazil.
Staff working with the CSBP include:
Expertise and interests
|Kathleen Mortimer||Associate Professor||Advertising ethics and regulation|
|Jim Davies||Associate Professor||EU Internal Market, Marketisation of Public Services and Consumer Citizenship|
|Sally Laurie||Senior Lecturer||Sustainability in FMCG sector|
|Angela Rushton||Senior Lecturer||Marketing ethics and gift giving|
|Amy Takhar||Senior Lecturer||Impact of Marketing on society and culture|
|Chijioke Uba||Lecturer||Individual and Business Sustainability|
|Marcella Daye||Senior Lecturer||Formula E: motor racing and electric cars|
|Georgia Giordani||Senior Lecturer||Bank profitability and efficiency|
|Hayley Henderson-Martin||Senior Lecturer||HRM and Leadership|
|Melanie Crofts||Senior Lecturer||Discrimination and Equality|
|Rachel Fitzgerald||Head of Special Projects||Learning and Teaching|
|Eghosa Igudia||Lecturer||Informal economy in emerging market economies|
|Spiros Batas||Lecturer||International new ventures and social capital|
|Luciano Batista||Senior Lecturer||Sustainable food supply systems and the circular economy|
|James Blackmore-Wright||Senior Lecturer||Business growth and high performance teams|
|Hala Mansour||Lecturer||Human Resources and change management|
|Sandy MacDonald||Senior Lecturer||Leadership, governance|
|Louise Atkinson||Lecturer||Small businesses and CSR|
|Richard Sanders||Professor||Sustainability, organic agriculture|
|Richard Hazenberg||Senior Researcher||Social impact measurement|
|Kairzhan Abdykhalykov||Dean||Sustainable food project|
|Gurinder Singh||Amity Group Additional Vice Chancellor||Marketing Ethics and Sustainability|
CSBP currently has 15 research students:
|Name||Title of Research|
|Imdad Ali||Exploring retention and talent management strategy within the Pakistani banking industry|
|Achila Amarasinghe||From conflict to recovery – An examination of stakeholders’ perspectives of destination rebranding in Sri Lanka|
|Louise Atkinson||The role of community influences on socially responsible activity within SMEs|
|James Blackmore-Wright||Mid-sized businesses and the challenge of growth|
|Oanh Cao Tu||The growth of ‘social value’ in public service delivery in the United Kingdom: Policy implications for Vietnam|
|Eunice O. Chuukwuma-Nwuba||Exploring the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on University Graduates’ Entrepreneurial Intents|
|Maher Daboul||Impact of Brand Crises on Brand Image in the age of Corporate Social Responsibility|
|Siham Elgergeni||The Impact of Ownership Structure on Corporate Social Responsibility|
|Muhammad Islam||Influence of culture, corporate governance practice on performance in listed companies: A perspective of Bangladesh|
|Stephen Macharia||Corporate Governance|
|Samantha Read||Digital identity and the use of mobile apps|
|Aliya Tankibayeva||An examination of women’s leadership roles in organisations of Kazakhstan|
|Jing Yang||A critical examination of white collar reward strategy and practice within NMCs in China: A comparative study|
|Dora Yeboah||Service quality in developing countries.|
|Chigoziri Jack-Osimiri||Patterns and Issues in European Trademark Jurisdiction|
Working with CSBP
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