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.

Hilary Term 2020

20 March 2020

Supporting business model innovation for sustainable development: Lessons from off-grid energy

Aoife B Haney Departmental Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise and Philipp Trotter, Research Associate in Renewable Energy at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford

Meeting the SDG's requires transformation across multiple systems from energy to food and mobility. To achieve transformative change, policymakers are challenged with directing innovation more proactively, to intervene in the implementation phase of innovation and not just early support stages of technology R&D.

Business model innovation (BMI), a concept that connects directly to implementation of technologies and new ideas, helps policymakers meet these goals. How can BMI be supported by policy to enable transformative change? We study the context of off-grid energy in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where we observe the emergence of an innovative business model we refer to as Integrated Development (ID). We analyse how ID  has emerged and the tensions for policymakers in setting sector-specific and society-wide strategies. 

Date tbc

The Future of Corporate Ownership and Governance

Bridget Kustin, Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead;  Jonathan Chan, Research Assistant and Mary Johnstone-Louis, Senior Research Fellow and Programme Director, The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd

Corporations are failing to address sweeping societal changes and problems, and concepts of shareholding, ownership, and governance should evolve accordingly. While owners have controlling rights, we ask whether and how other forms of influence or authority might become salient through alternative conceptions of corporate governance.

Central to this are questions of corporate purpose: who can establish it? Can it meaningfully influence corporate activities? Can owners' rights to financial rewards be linked to responsibilities to manage it over time? Focusing on the importance of long-termism, corporate responsibilities and obligations toward stakeholders beyond shareholders, we present pathways to transformative change and responsible business for the 21st century.

Past seminars

Previous speakers in our seminar series include:

  • Ownership, Agency and Trusteeship Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies.
  • Openness and Control: The Grand Challenge of Corporate Power Richard Whittington Professor of Strategic Management and Basak Yakis-Douglas Associate Scholar, Saïd Business School, Unversity of Oxford.
  • Values at Risk: Management Control in the Age of Corporate Purpose Anette Mikes, University of Lausanne | UNIL · Department of Accounting and Control.
  • Guarding the Guardians - Investor Governance Dilemmas of Ownership and Control Anne Simpson, Director, Board Governance & Strategy, CalPERS.
  • Re-purposing the Corporation and the Business School Professor Martin Kitchener, Professor of Public Sector Management and Policy Cardiff Business School
  • Labour Standards in the Global Apparel Industry: how do large firms improve working conditions in supplier factories? Matthew Amengual, Associate Professor in International Business
  • Exploring the Social Origins of ESG Judith Stroehle Postdoctoral Researcher, Mutuality in Business.
  • Changing Conceptions of Corporate Purpose Abrar Chaudhury  Research Fellow Changing Conceptions of Corporate Purpose.
  • 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.
  • Corporate Sustainability Performance of Family Firms Belén Villalonga, Professor of Management and Organizations, Stern School of Business, New York University, Associate Scholar, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
  • 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.
  • 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.