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Changing Conceptions of Corporate Purpose

Marc Ventresca
Associate Professor of Strategic Management
January 2016 - June 2018
The changing conceptions of corporate purpose, the language and practice of purpose, and efficacy of purpose-led transformation. Part of a broader research initiative at Oxford to engage key issues in 21st century stakeholder capitalism and responsible leadership, working with corporate partners and in the service of world-class executive education
Test tubes and scientific flasks
October 2015 - October 2018
Sparked by the introduction of the EU falsified medicines directive (2011) and the US Drug Quality and Security Act (2013), the project investigates the emerging issue of medicines counterfeiting, identifying methods to detect counterfeit medicines and improvements to existing technology and its implementation.

Consumer Data Research Centre

Jonathan Reynolds
Oxford Institute of Retail Management
February 2014 - February 2019
The CDRC is a Big Data initiative run jointly between University College London (UCL) and the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool and Oxford. Over five years, it aims to provide the focus for ESRC's interests in the retail sector and its commitment to capacity building in relation to big data.

Creating economic space for social innovation (CRESSI)

Alex Nicholls
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
February 2014 - January 2018
CRESSI will explore the economic underpinnings of social innovation with a particular focus on how policy and practice can enhance the lives of the most marginalized and dis-empowered citizens in society.

Designing a business profit tax fit for the 21st century

Michael Devereux
Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
August 2014 - September 2016
The complexities and vulnerability to abuse of the international corporation tax system, and the distortions it creates, have long been a concern to many observers in both advanced and developing economies.
Laboratory bottles and test tubes
September 2017 - February 2019
This project aims to understand how digital and welfare firms fit into the responsible research and innovation (RRI) framework and how this affects their commercialisation.

Inclusive Capitalism

Peter Tufano
Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance
December 2016 - November 2018
The inclusive capitalism research programme explores how family ownership relates to the management and endurance of corporations, as well as their stakeholder relationships. For both the Ford Foundation and Saïd Business School, this work is situated within a wider set of activities investigating ideas of ‘inclusive capitalism’.
December 2014 - December 2017
In this collaborative project with a UK-based health service organisation (a public NHS Trust), we decided to investigate “service integration” involving the care of patients with a chronic illness.

Knowledge mobilisation

Sue Dopson et al
Integrating & Improving Health Care
April 2014 - March 2019
From our prior research, we have described the process as 'knowledge transposition'. This research now requires extension, for example, how do managers and professionals select, interpret and use the knowledge they acquire? How do they integrate experiential and ‘academic’ or research based knowledge?
July 2014 - September 2018
A collaborative project with the Mars Corporation exploring mutuality as a new principle for organising business. Mutuality - a principle that emphasises the fair distribution of the burdens and benefits of a firm’s activities - is seen as a promising new organising value with the potential to strengthen relationships and improve sustainability.
October 2014 - September 2017
The main objective of this research is to help museum professionals to be more effective at gathering and using collection data, and so make more effective decisions when caring for the collection.

The effects of business taxation on economic and social welfare: new insights from tax return data

Michael Devereux
Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
October 2013 - September 2016
This research proposes to estimate the scale of the effects of taxes on business behaviour, including avoidance, and also the consequent costs to society of the distortions to behaviour induced by taxes. The majority of the work will focus on corporation tax, but we will also analyse personal taxes on the profits of unincorporated businesses.

The wisdom of crowds in equity crowdfunding

Nir Vulkan
Business Economics
March 2015 - December 2016
Very little systematic, non-survey research has been conducted into crowdfunding methods of funding new ventures. The project will use the equity crowdfunding platform Seedr to answer the question ‘What motivates early-stage investors?’

Understanding institutional change in Asia: a comparative perspective with Europe (INCAS)

Mari Sako; Colin Mayer
International Business; Management Studies
June 2015 - May 2019
Project INCAS aims at creating a top-level research advanced training network on institutional change in Asia, in comparative perspective with Europe.
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