Business Research Hub seminars

We present regular seminars on responsible business during the academic year.

If you are a Saïd Business School student, faculty or staff and would like to attend any of the seminars, contact Helen Fletcher.

What drives purpose from a congenial conversation to core strategic precepts?

Abrar Chaudhury

Research Fellow, Saïd Business School

Our research explores and deepens our work on corporate purpose, and how this translates into responsible business practice.

2018-19 Seminars

28 November 2018

From Intention to Compliance: Lessons from Islamic Finance for the Future of Responsible Business

Bridget Kustin Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead, The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd.

22 February 2019

Changing Conceptions of Corporate Purpose

Abrar Chaudhury  Research Fellow Changing Conceptions of Corporate Purpose 

Corporate Purpose Journey

Abrar’s work explores what leading firms actually do when they 'do purpose’. He presented initial findings from interviewing executives from six large firms to learn how they drive purpose into their day-to-day operations, long term strategy and decision-making. 

8 March 2019

Mutual Fund Voting on Environmental and Social Proposals

Bige Kahraman Alper, Associate Professor of Finance

Examining the factors that affect mutual fund support for ES proposals.

1 May 2019

Exploring the Social Origins of ESG

Judith Stroehle Postdoctoral Researcher, Mutuality in Business

As both demand and supply for information about companies’ sustainability performance continues to grow, many investors complain that the ESG data universe is getting too complex and confusing. This event highlighted pathways into a new ESG research agenda which explored the impact of diverse forms of metrics.

24 May 2019

Labour Standards in the Global Apparel Industry: how do large firms improve working conditions in supplier factories?

Matthew Amengual, Associate Professor in International Business

Under what conditions can private politics improve corporate social performance beyond the targeted firm? This study estimates the causal effects of supply chain responsibility policies—adopted in response to activist pressure—on more than one thousand factories that supply a multinational apparel retailer.

31 May 2019

Re-purposing the Corporation and the Business School

Professor Martin Kitchener, Professor of Public Sector Management and Policy Cardiff Business School

Professor Martin Kitchener FCIPD FLSW FAcSS served as Dean and Head of Cardiff Business School from October 2012 until August 2018. While at the helm, Martin designed and implemented a unique public value strategy for the School, working closely with colleagues across the university, and also with a wide range of external stakeholders including employers and politicians.

Martin is currently the 2018-2019 Visiting Fellow at Saïd Business School and Harris Manchester College, Oxford University where he is collaborating on a major European Union Horizon 2020 research study of public service innovation in nine countries.

4 June 2019

Guarding the Guardians - Investor Governance Dilemmas of Ownership and Control

Anne Simpson, Director, Board Governance & Strategy, CalPERS

There has been a transformation in the ownership of companies - in both public and private markets. Individuals are no longer the dominant shareholders, and their place has been taken by investment managers who now control the ownership of many companies, through investing the money of others. This poses a new and challenging governance question. If shareholders are the guardians of the corporation’s prosperity and impact on society, then who is guarding the guards?

14 June 2019

Values at Risk: Management Control in the Age of Corporate Purpose

Anette Mikes, University of Lausanne | UNIL · Department of Accounting and Control

Accounting is at the heart of capitalism. In the context of repeated calls for corporate reform and the Corporate Purpose movement, it becomes increasingly urgent to rethink and repurpose accounting itself. Focusing here on management accounting, the purposeful company needs new control systems, inspired by a theory of value-creation that is different from that found in the DNA of conventional management controls, such as the balanced scorecard or the levers of control framework. Breaking away from the notion of shareholder value primacy, new management accounting tools need to be guided by ideas of core value pluralism. Risk management has recently been repositioned as a mechanism to balance the corporation's multiple core values and commitments. Based on case studies conducted in high-reliability organisations, Anette compares and evaluates three emerging 'values-at-risk' approaches that set out to map, monitor and channel corporate purpose into decision making and action.

Past seminars

The Inclusive Capitalism Seminars ran between February 2017 and May 2018. Renamed the Business Research Hub Seminars in Autumn 2018, the series has expanded to include speakers working on Responsible Business Initiatives.

  • Corporate Sustainability Performance of Family Firms  Belén Villalonga, Professor of Management and Organizations, Stern School of Business, New York University
  • Corporate Purpose and Financial Performance  George Serafeim, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and currently Kim B Clark Visiting Fellow in Responsible Leadership
  • Route to market programmes and BOP development  Kate Roll, Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose University College London, Associate Scholar, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Corporate Purpose, ownership and capital markets Clarissa Hauptmann, Associate Scholar, The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd
  • Impact Investing Alex Nicholls Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • The Barriers to ESG Integration in Investing and How to Overcome Them Robert Eccles Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Advisory Council member, The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd
  • Rethinking Corporate Governance Lynn Paine John G. McLean Professor and Senior Associate Dean for International Development at Harvard Business School
  • Inclusive Capitalism – The Role of Corporate Accounting and Reporting  Richard Barker Professor of Accounting, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Sustainability and Shareholder Value  Amir Amel-Zadeh Associate Professor of Accounting, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford