This stream is led by Professor Mollie Painter and Emrah Karakilic, and addresses important research questions on how processes, dynamics, habits and managerial thinking may undermine ethics and sustainability. The overriding goal is to pioneer research that challenges everyday assumptions through philosophical thinking and practice. Research priorities include:
- Processes and dynamics that may undermine ethics and sustainability;
- Upcycling as an instance of social entrepreneurship and as a waste management strategy;
- Understanding why certain unethical practices and unsustainable habits persist;
- Challenge business practitioners to question ingrained ways of thinking and being;
- Draw on philosophical thinking and practice to challenge everyday assumptions.
Shared Vocabularies project
The Sharing Vocabularies project addresses the problem that diverse vocabularies are used to label business functions responsible for values-driven business (e.g.: ethics, integrity, responsibility, sustainability), resulting in confusion over their meaning and scope. The project seeks to examine how and why differing vocabularies are being used across contexts, and provide to insight into how different functions and roles are implemented and integrated within organisations. The research helps to build understanding and inform future decision making on defining and managing values-driven functions. The project is led by Professor Mollie Painter on behalf of PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) affiliated Business Schools.
In cooperation with Prof. Tim Cooper within ADBE, the RSB Lab developed research on upcycling as an instance of social entrepreneurship and as a waste management strategy. The goal of this research was to generate 3* and 4* papers for both schools, and to also to collaborate on the development of an ESRC grant application. To further this process, we successfully applied for a seed-corn grant, which allowed for the hiring of Kyungeung Sung as an RA with ADBE. The RSB Lab matched her hours with those of Johanna Oehlmann, an hourly hire, and they conducted 29 interviews.