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, the USA, the UK, and Slovenia. She currently heads up the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab), a Research Centre within Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK and is an Extraordinary Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. She also serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly. Between 2015-2020, she held the Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainability at IEDC-Bled in Slovenia on a part-time basis, and has been a visiting professor at HEC, ESCP-Europe, EDHEC and IAE in France. In partnership with the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) and African faculty, she developed the African leadership programmes of focusing on developing values-driven leadership on the African continent, with active programmes now running in 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. Topics she has published on include leadership and gender, embodiment, and relational accountability. In addition to Gender, Leadership & Organization (Springer, 2011), of which this text will be Volume 2, she is also authored Business Ethics as Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Business Ethics and Continental Philosophy, co-edited with René ten Bos (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which was translated into Dutch as “Bedrijfsethiek. Filosofische perspectieven” (Boom, 2013). She continues to publish peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Organization Studies, European Management Review, Organization, Journal of Management Studies, and 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 Wendy Chapple
Dr Chapple is an Associate Professor and a member of the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab at Nottingham Business School. She joined Nottingham Business School in October 2017.
Her research portfolio includes the 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). Impact, and the measurement and theorisation of
sustainability impact from a business perspective also plays a key role in her research.
Of particular interest are the concepts of inclusive and relational governance. She was part of a European 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. Prior to that she was representing Nottingham University in the €3 million European Union FP7 bid- “IMPACT”, which assessed the impact of CSR practices of companies.
Dr Chapple also is involved in the development of sustainability research at the university level. She is on the steering committee for the research theme “Sustainable Futures”, which is one of the NTU’s priority research themes. This steering committee co-ordinates and provides a research and funding strategy for university wide research on sustainability. This involves liaising and working with senior research professors across disciplines and schools. In January 2020 she was appointed deputy lead for the theme by the DVC for research.
Dr Chapple is involved in teaching and mentoring across all programme levels within the Business School. She is involved in mentoring BAIBM final years for their Business Research Project and has been involved in the Transformational Leadership Development module on the MSc programme. She is module leader for the MBA/ EMBA/ SLEMBA Responsible and Sustainable Leadership module and contributes to the Values Led Organisation module on the OMBA. She also contributes to the DBA training programme and supervises students on the DBA and PhD programme at NBS. She currently has 13 PhD completions and one MPhil completion.
Prior to joining NTU, Dr Chapple was an Associate Professor in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School. Here she co-founded the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) where she was Deputy Director until October 2017.
Dr Chapple has been involved in a number of international research consortiums as part of the FP7 research projects that she was involved in. For many years she delivered MBA training on CSR and Sustainability in Singapore and Malaysia and has also been involved in the Values Driven Leadership training in South Africa and Egypt. She has research partners in Malaysia and Singapore and is working on developing a project with the ASEAN CSR network which is located in 10 ASEAN countries and aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Emrah Karakilic
Dr Karakilic 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.
Dr Elmé Vivier
Elmé joined the RSB Lab at NTU in 2019, after completing her PhD at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Previously she worked at the University of Pretoria, and in the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery unit at the Human Sciences Research Council, also in South Africa. Her research focuses broadly on issues of collaborative and relational governance and leadership, community engagement, participatory development and social accountability, and in particular on collective and public leadership practice in informal and developing country contexts. She also manages the Values-Driven Leadership in Action programme at the RSB Lab.
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.
Natalie is currently working towards an EMBA, due for completion in March 2022.
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. Natalie coordinates events and general engagement with internal research networks within the business school, and external stakeholders. She 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.