Working on social and environmental issues - Future of Work research centre - University of Bath - School of Management

Future of Work research centre

University of Bath School of Management

Working on social and environmental issues

Project leader: Dr Svenja Tams

This project is a collaboration with Professor Judi Marshall of Lancaster University Management School external website.

We examined how managers and professional experts use their role to address societal challenges, such as environmental sustainability and social justice. One outcome has been the Financial Times adopting our definition of 'responsible careers' for their FT Lexicon external website.

We studied over 30 individuals working in

Being a change agent is fraught with tensions

Organisations increasingly seek to address social and environmental issues through their CSR and corporate sustainability strategies. But the role of organisational members who see themselves as 'change agents' can be fraught with tensions.

Change agents may be committed to radical agendas that are in conflict with the mainstream business practices and discourses of their organisations.

Our work examined how change agents reconcile tensions through their