Responsible business research

Large research projects

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Whatever an organisation’s form, there is always a way to embed purpose

Individual external sponsors enable large research projects at Oxford Said to engage with multiple corporate partners, in order to conduct research under specific themes. This cluster of Responsible business research projects examines purpose through differing lenses, deepening our understanding of what business is, and what business should be, over the coming decades.


Systems Change

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Analysis and action for impact, sustainability and resilience

‘Systems Change’ is a broad term with a rich and varied history of usages, and which engages a variety of approaches. Today, this term and associated practices focus on a way to think and act on broad societal challenges across sectors and policy domains. 

With the ambition of addressing issues of great relevance for academics and practitioners, academics at Saïd Business School have attempted to systematically map and understand the viable pathways to drive positive systems change through research, teaching and wider engagement.

Climate Change and Sustainable Development

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Climate change has emerged as the biggest threat facing humanity in the 21st century. Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, ratified by all UN member states in 2015 and part of a comprehensive agenda to tackle the world’s most complex challenges.To be able to make progress in tackling these goals, multiple systems including energy, food and water will need to change radically in the coming years. At Saïd Business School our aim is to build a community of researchers focused on supporting systems change and moving from policy plans to action. 

The Future of Corporate Reporting

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Setting Standards for Non-Financial Reporting

In a world of planetary boundaries and growing social inequality, a silent corporate reporting revolution is underway. For environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, there is nothing as yet comparable to the financial reporting standards of the FASB and IASB. We seek to explore and shape the future of non-financial reporting.