Business Research Hub seminars

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

Launched in 2016, in collaboration with the Beacon Institute EY Global, Abrar’s work explores what leading firms actually do when they 'do purpose’.  Abrar will present initial findings from interviewing nearly 60 executives from six large firms to learn how they drive purpose into their day-to-day operations, long term strategy and decision-making. It is part of the broader responsible business research initiatives at Oxford to unpick the key issues in 21st century stakeholder capitalism and responsible leadership, in collaboration with corporate partners and in the service of world-leading executive education.

8 March 2019

Mutual Fund Voting on Environmental and Social Proposals

Bige Kahraman Alper, Associate Professor of Finance

Over the 2004 – 2016 period there have been over 1,600 shareholder proposals related to environmental and social (ES) issues, with slightly more than half sponsored by asset management companies. In recent years, ISS has supported about 60% of these proposals, yet support among mutual funds is less than 20%. Funds with a focus on factors other than long-term value maximization contribute to this difference. Mutual funds that are less myopic and that are less influenced by management recommendations are more likely to vote for ES proposals, especially those sponsored by asset management companies. Despite apparent biases within some funds, overall mutual fund support is informative regarding ES risks. Consistent with virtually none of these proposals passing and managers not voluntarily adopting the initiatives, higher mutual fund support for ES proposals predicts deterioration in ES scores and extreme negative returns over the following years.

1 May 2019

Seminar title tbc

Judith Stroehle Postdoctoral Researcher, Mutuality in Business

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

7 June 2019

Seminar title tbc

Aoife Brophy Haney Departmental Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise

14 June 2019

Values at Risk: Evidence and Reflections on the Ethical Turn in Risk Management

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

date tbc 2019

Family Business Case Studies: how ownership influences corporate strategy

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

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.


2017 - 2018 series

22 May 2018

Corporate Sustainability Performance of Family Firms

Belén Villalonga Professor of Management and Organizations, Stern School of Business, New York University

10 May 2018

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

9 February

Route to market programmes and BOP development

Kate Roll Lecturer in Empirical Politics,Somerville College and General Management, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

2 February 2018

Corporate Purpose, ownership and capital markets

Clarissa Hauptmann Research Fellow and Quantitative Lead, The Oxford Ownership Project at Saïd

13 June 2017

Impact Investing

Alex Nicholls Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

5 June 2017

The Barriers to ESG Integration in Investing and How to Overcome Them

Robert Eccles Visiting Professor of Management Practice

22 May 2017

Rethinking Corporate Governance

Lynn Paine John G. McLean Professor and Senior Associate Dean for International Development at Harvard Business School

20 February 2017

Inclusive Capitalism – The Role of Corporate Accounting and Reporting

Richard Barker Professor of Accounting

13 February 2017

Sustainability and Shareholder Value

Amir Amel-Zadeh Associate Professor of Accounting