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.

Michelmas term 2019

15 November 2019

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

We examine how contemporary corporations, especially today’s digital giants, pose particular problems of corporate control. We argue that this issue of control should be organisation theory’s primary and most proper ‘Grand Challenge,’ and indicate how organisation theory scholars might meet their Grand Challenge through three streams of research examining how precisely opening up corporations to normative scrutiny and sanction might work most effectively in practice.

22 November 2019

Ownership, Agency and Trusteeship

Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies

The two dominant concepts of theory of the firm and the bases of modern management education, business practice, and public policy towards the firm, namely shareholder primacy and agency theory, are at best incomplete and at worst erroneous. They omit what was a substantial basis of discourse on the company in the first half of the 19th century, namely the notion of trusteeship. In this seminar, Colin Mayer argues that reintroducing trusteeship addresses many of the current debates around capitalism, explains the bewildering patterns of ownership observed around the world, accounts for the recent failures of capitalism, and is a potential source of enhancing firm performance in the future.

Past seminars

Previous speakers in our seminar series include:

  • 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.