The RSB Lab started operating in December 2015, with the goal to support income generation, publication and business impact in the areas of responsible and sustainable business within the business school and across disciplines.
The purpose of the RSB Lab is to pull together transdisciplinary teams of experts across NBS as well as across the University to address complex research questions in the ERS area and to develop interdisciplinary grant proposals and research papers. The RSB Lab focuses on four research streams: under four broad research streams: (i) Energy and Environment; (ii) Pedagogy and Talent Development; (iii) Ethics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; (iv) CSR and Corporate Governance. Staff aligned to the centre fall within one or more of these four branches.
Professor Mollie Painter
Mollie Painter is an international scholar and public speaker specializing in business ethics, CSR, sustainability and responsible leadership. She has held academic positions in South Africa, Slovenia, the USA, and the UK. She currently heads up the RSB Lab, a Research Centre within Nottingham Business School, UK. She also leads the Africa programmes of the Academy of Business in Society (an NGO based in Brussels) focusing on developing values-driven leadership on the African continent, with active programme is Egypt, Kenya and South Africa.
Mollie’s most recent research focuses on sustainability, organisational culture, leadership, and ethics within complex organisational environments. As a philosopher by training, her trademark is bringing insights from 20th century and contemporary philosophy to management and organisational studies.
Mollie’s public speaking career already started as a teenager in South Africa, and she has since continued to challenge audiences across the globe to consider the ethical implications of business and public management practices. As a specialist of business ethics and compliance, her approach goes beyond the typical ‘check-the-box’ mentality towards understanding trigger-points within a specific organisational culture and empowering individuals to voice their values to elicit change. In terms of leadership, she challenges mainstream theories by rethinking typical buzz-words such as ‘vision’, ‘accountability’, ‘talent management’ and ‘creativity’. She is currently working on a book entitled ‘Instead of Leadership’.
Anna joined Nottingham Business School in 2016 to facilitate grant capture and development of three newly established research centres, after previously having worked at The Academy of Business in Society in Brussels and bringing experience of large EU funded (FP7) and corporate project management. In her role as Research Centres Coordinator, she coordinates international cross-sectoral, multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects. As part of the research centres, Anna seeks beyond academia engagement for impactful, long term agenda. Anna is also a PhD candidate in the field of Sustainable Mobility, evaluating the effectiveness of electric vehicle- related sub-national policies and technologies.
Dr Jo-Anna Russon
Dr. Jo-Anna Russon joined the RSB Lab as a Research Associate in February 2017. Jo-Anna currently works with the RSB Lab to develop funding streams and qualitative / impact-case research outputs on core projects related to values-driven business and values-driven leadership, particularly in an African context. Jo-Anna completed her Ph.D research at Queens University Belfast, where she explored the UK Government’s increasing emphasis within the Department for International Development (DFID) on working with the private sector. Jo-Anna previously worked in the voluntary sector for 10 years as a drug and alcohol counsellor and latterly as centre manager for a voluntary sector treatment agency.
Dr Wendy Chapple
Dr Chapple is an Associate Professor and her research portfolio includes international comparative analysis of corporate responsibility, with various studies focusing on patterns and institutional drivers of corporate responsibility in Asia, OECD countries and developing countries. Systems of Governance in the developing country context is also another key element to her research portfolio. This assesses multilevel governance structures and how configurations of actors, tools and norms influence the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Of particular interests are the concepts of inclusive and relational governance. She was also part of a consortium which has recently completed a € 3.09 million European Union FP7 research project “Global Value” which assessed the CSR impact of multi-national companies and how “systems of governance” influence business behaviour.
She currently supervises undergraduate international business research projects, teaches transformational leadership on the MSc programme and teaches on the Values Led Organisation module on the OMBA. She also supervises students on the DBA programme at NBS.
Dr Emrah Karakilic
Emrah holds a PhD in sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London, where he worked as a graduate tutor and (later) as an associate lecturer in both sociology and management studies departments between 2012-17. In May 2017, he joined the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab) at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. His research interests revolve around critical management studies; work, employment and society; Marxist political economy; Italian operaismo and post-operaismo; and cognitive capitalism.
Natalie is the Research Assistant for the RSB Lab where she supports income generation, publication and business impact in the areas of responsible and sustainable business within the business school and across disciplines.
She is responsible for supporting project administration and the daily management of research projects, with particular responsibility for digital media communication and the dissemination of research activities via online digital mediums. She coordinates events and general engagement with internal research networks within the business school, and external stakeholders. Natalie supports senior researchers in the development of questionnaires, conducting of surveys, literature reviews and database searches.
As an NBS PhD student Johanna supports the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab with research in the areas of Design for Sustainability and values-based business practices.