Oxford Saïd's Professor of Strategic Management has been named Winner of the 2023 Award for Social Responsibility in Management for a paper he co-authored.
The winning research paper considers the positive impact of employment on Syrian refugees at camps in Lebanon. Countering indeterminate temporariness: Sheltering work in refugee camps, was jointly authored with Farah Kodeih, at IESEG School of Management in France, and Henri Schildt, at Aalto University, School of Business and School of Science in Finland. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, Lebanon has the highest number of refugees per capita with around 1.5 million Syrian refugees, and 90% living in extreme poverty.
The research considered how employment can counterbalance the negative impact of indefinitely living in a temporary situation, where the feeling of time passing becomes oppressive. It found that employment within refugee camps helped to positively reshape refugees’ experience of time but did not eradicate the oppressive effects of indeterminate temporariness. Instead, people shifted between experiencing oppressive and reclaimed time experiences.