This project combines leading-edge research on SME growth processes and environmental behaviours with practitioner expertise in SME engagement and climate change communication. Its primary aim is to help SMEs and intermediaries gain a better understanding of sustainable growth and its implications for their businesses.
To meet the sustainability challenge, SMEs will need to make significant, and in some cases radical, changes to their day-to-day operational practices and also to their longer-term trajectories.
Intermediaries such as professional associations, business advisors and economic development organisations can help SMEs make this transition successfully.
The primary aim of this project is to help SMEs and intermediaries gain a better understanding of sustainable growth and its implications for their businesses. The team has now completed the initial piloting of an innovative approach to engaging SME owners, managers and intermediaries in facilitated discussions that are designed to co-create new knowledge on environmentally sustainable growth.
We completed a literature review and conducted a short questionnaire survey, the ‘Oxfordshire Sustainable Growth Survey 2017’, which helped to inform the workshop design. These were followed by two in-depth workshops, which took place in Oxford in July 2017, facilitated by Dr Chris Shaw from Climate Outreach. Outputs from the project will include a short report and a working paper, to be presented at the ISBE 2017 conference and at the ESRC Festival of Social Science in Belfast in November 2017. We have also produced a short video, in which workshop participants discuss their experiences.
To find out more about the project, please contact: Richard Blundel
Video recording by Mike Lord, Blue Lotus Media.
This video is featured in a new undergraduate module from The Open University, B327 Creating Futures: Sustainable Enterprise and Innovation.
Professor Richard Blundel, Professor of Enterprise and Organisation at The Open University and an Honorary Fellow of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey.
Dr Chris Shaw,Senior Researcher at Climate Outreach, Associate of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and is a member of the Visiting Faculty at the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex.
Climate Outreach (formerly COIN) are one of Europe’s leading experts on climate change communication, bridging the gap between research and practice.
Professor Fergus Lyon is Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Professor of Enterprise and Organisations in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University.
Dr Anja Schaefer is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Head of the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise at The Open University.
Dr Sarah Williams is an experienced business consultant and university lecturer who has worked for The Open University and is currently based at the University of Bedfordshire.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 -
Juniper and Medlar, The Hub, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 -
Champagne Charlie's, The Arches, 17 Villiers St, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6NG
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 12:00
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA