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Research seminars and events


Further information

UK and overseas speakers are invited to the School to share their experiences and findings with staff, doctoral students and the members of the public. Previous seminars can be found here: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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If you are a member of staff and wish to organise an event or seminar please contact the Research Office.

Forthcoming events:


Voiceless but empowered farmers in corporate supply chains: Contradictory imagery and industrumental approach to employment

There have been calls for a shift of focus toward the political and power-laden aspects of transitioning toward socially equitable global supply chains. This article offers an empirically grounded response to these calls from a critical realist stance in the context of global food supply chains. We examine how an imaginary for sustainable farming structured around an instrumental construction of empowerment limits what is viewed as permissible, desirable, and possible in global food supply chains. Dr Touboulic adopted a multimodal critical discourse analysis to examine the sustainable farming imaginary for smallholder farmers constructed by one large organization, Unilever, in a series of videos produced and disseminated on YouTube. This talk exposes the underlying mechanisms of power and marginalization at work within the sustainability imaginary and show how 'empowerment' has the potential to create new dependencies for these farmers. Dr Touboulic recontextualize the representations to show that while the imaginary may be commercially feasible, it is less achievable in terms of empowering smallholder farmers.

Speaker: Dr Anne Touboulic, Nottingham University Business School

Location: 6 East 2.1

Time: 10.30 - 12.00pm

Contact: Research Office


All in it together? How organisational Strategies enhance or diminish the Common Good

The common good refers to contextual conditions that contribute to human wellbeing and flourishing. In this paper we examine how the design of organizational strategies enhances or diminishes the common good. In our qualitative investigation, we gathered data from chief executives and senior managers of large and profitable social enterprises in the United Kingdom. We theorize from the data that organizational strategies may give to, take a future stake in, or take from the common good. Further, we develop the concepts of referential and inferential moral reasoning to explain how strategic decision makers employ comparisons between the expected behaviour of their own organization and the strategies of other organizational forms.

Speaker: Prof Bob Doherty, University of York

Location: 8W 4.23

Time: 1.30pm

Contact: Research Office


Does mandatory environmental reporting affect firms' operational efficiency? Evidence from a quasi-natural experiment in the UK

While regulators around the world have started to force firms to report environmental performance compulsorily, little is known about whether and how such mandates affect firms' operations. Our research tackles this important and timely issue based on a quasi-natural experiment in the UK in which firms listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange are required to report their annual carbon emissions for financial years ending on or after 30 September 2013. We utilise propensity score matching and difference-in-differences methodologies to estimate the impact of this mandate on the operational efficiency of the UK firms concerned. We also analyse how its impact on operational efficiency varies across firms and industries with different characteristics. Our research provides a better understanding of the operational consequences of mandatory environmental reporting and offers some important implications for both practice and research.

Speaker: Dr Hugo Lam, University of Liverpool

Location: 6E 2.2

Time: 10.30am - 12.00pm

Contact: Research Office