Business Research Hub seminars

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

 In light of the ongoing restrictions on events during the Covid-19 pandemic, our seminars have moved online.

If you are a Saïd Business School student, faculty, or staff and would like to attend any of the seminars, or join our mailing list, contact Kimberley Payne.

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 2020

30 October 2020

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

Aoife B Haney Departmental Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the School of Geography and Environment, and Saïd Business School.

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 the implementation of technologies and new ideas, helps policymakers meet these goals. How can BMI be supported by policy to enable transformative change? Aoife studied the context of off-grid energy in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where she observed the emergence of an innovative business model referred to as Integrated Development (ID). She analysed how ID  has emerged and the tensions for policymakers in setting sector-specific and society-wide strategies. 

6 November 2020

Business School Rankings for the 21st Century

David Pitt-Watson, Advisory Council Member to the Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd, Pembroke Visiting Professor in Finance and Fellow, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and Ellen Quigley, Research Associate in Climate Risk & Sustainable Finance at CSER and Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer (Responsible Investment), University of Cambridge.

Central to any initiative to inspire businesses towards addressing the challenges of the 21st century must be a consideration of how students are taught in business schools. This seminar addressed the question of how business schools, and the courses they offer, are evaluated and ranked. Pitt-Watson and Quigley argued for a review of the way these rankings are constructed, to produce business leaders fit to develop a more inclusive, productive and sustainable economy. 

Read the report.

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.