I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Management in the Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise in the Open University Business School, which I joined in 2004. Before that I worked as Lecturer in Marketing at King's College London and as ESRC Research Associate at Manchester Business School. I hold degrees from the University of Heidelberg (Diplom), the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (MBA) and the University of Buckingham (DPil).
My main research interest centres around corporate social responsibility and sustainability. My longitudinal, empirical research into environmental strategy and management in the UK water and electricity sectors has led to a number of journal articles and contributions to edited works, as well as numerous conference papers. Coupled with this empirical work I have focused on the application and development of general social and management theory to the area of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
My current research looks at sustainability in SMEs, CSR and international development, and organisational codes of ethics. In all these areas I am particularly interested in how people make sense of ethical and environmental challenges at work and how this links to their sense of self-identity.
I am currently supervising three PhD students:
Aqueel Wahga, on the impact of entrepreneurial capital on environmental improvement in SMEs
Olga Andrianova, on the role of enterprise policies in promoting environmental sustainability
Maria Wishart, on the development of responsible management education
I have taught on a wide range of business & management modules but my main teaching has been in the areas of marketing and business ethics & corporate social responsibility. In the past I have taught undergraduate modules on Principles of Marketing, Marketing Management, Business Strategy, and Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as postgraduate modules on International Marketing. At the Open University I have contributed a block on Research Traditions in Marketing to a postgraduate module on Management and Business Research (B852); a block on Introduction to Marketing in Business to a Level 1 module on An Introduction to Business Studies (B120); units on globalisation and corporate social responsibility to a Level 2 module on Business Organisations in their Environment (B201), and a block on Responsible Business Marketing to a Level 3 module on Marketing & Society (B324). I have chaired a Level 3 module on Understanding Marketing and Financial Information in the final stages of production and in presentation, as well as chairing the Level 1 module An Introduction to Business Studies in presentation. I am currently chairing the production of a new, compulsory level 1 module 'An Introduction to Business and Management (B100).
I am the Open University Faculty of Business and Law contact for UN PRME (link to Open University Business School SIP report here) and a member of the steering committee of the PRME UK & Ireland Chapter.
I am a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Business Ethics and of Business Strategy and the Environment.
I am working with colleagues in the Corporate Social Responsibility Research Group at the Universidad de Educacion a Distancia in Spain, through a Santander funded research exchange programme. The outputs from this research exchange so far have included several conference papers and a presentation at a conference on CSR held in Madrid in May 2013 (recording of the presentations here - in Spanish).
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