The behaviours of organisations and policy makers impact on individuals, groups and communities, businesses and organisations, nations and global relations. These effects and consequences can be beneficial and enable enhanced social, economic and environmental well-being. However, negative consequences can also arise from business practices and policy makers paying insufficient attention to their corporate responsibilities or their impact on society. Our research aims to understand the role of business in society, to share these emerging insights and to seek a fairer outcome for all.
Our mission is to deliver effective solutions to policy makers, businesses and industries that reflect responsible practice. Through understanding the impact of organisations’ activities, behaviours and policies, our research seeks to promote responsibility and to change behaviours so as to achieve better outcomes for economies and societies.
CBiS's research themes have now formed the basis of our four research teams which are centred around the following themes:
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
Sustainable supply and ethical consumption
This research team explores the emerging transition agenda around the interconnections between sustainability and the circular economy. We focus on the ultimate goals of living within environmental limits and the attainment of social justice, through the delivery of responsible business and ethical consumption practices. Therefore, our research examines activities and attitudes at different points in the lifecycle of products, from technical development and supply through to consumption. Our work directly contributes to enhancements in the development of a sustainable circular economy. Read more.
The team is led by:
Professor Benny Tjahjono
Dr David Bek
Professor Ming Lim
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INCLUSIVE ECONOMIES
New approaches and forms to economic and regional development
This research team examines the benefits and limitations of different forms and practices of economic development, focusing on the relationships between economic and societal outcomes and the role of firms, organisations and policymakers in shaping these. Through understanding these relationships in and across localities, cities and regions, this work aims to support the development of more inclusive forms of economic development and shared prosperity. Read more.
The team is led by:
Dr Paul Sissons
Professor Nick Henry
SECTOR, ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL STUDIES
Responsible finance for nations, organisations and individuals
The capital account liberalisation and financial reforms since the early 1980s, including eased restrictions on foreign direct investment and short-term portfolio flows, are at the heart of financial globalisation. Financial openness and deregulation can be seen as an essential step in the process of economic development, but can also have detrimental effects, including higher co-dependence, contagion and likelihood of systemic crises. This research team focuses on the study of such economic and financial phenomena and how these impact on economies, industries, individuals, communities and societies, with a particular focus on responsible finances and investments. Read more.
The team is led by:
Professor Glauco De Vita
Dr Harjit Sekhon
DATA, ORGANISATIONS AND SOCIETY
The use, privacy and security of data in organisations and society
Data availability has increased exponentially in the last decade, paving the way to a new business environment. As such a growth rate continues to accelerate, so does the need for a better understanding of the opportunities provided by the new phenomenon and the challenges it poses to business, individuals and society regarding strategic decision-making and innovation, business strategy, data security and protection, surveillance, ethics and data privacy. Read more.
The team is led by:
Dr Alexeis Garcia-Perez
Professor Sally Dibb
Professor Maureen Meadows
CBiS’s team of researchers has long-established multiple industry and institutional collaborations on a global scale, sharing the benefits of impact-led research.
We embrace research methods that are considerate and sensitive to the constantly changing business environment, behaviours, practices and society.
Our core funding stems from EU and government bodies, charities, research councils and local businesses. CBiS has a clearly defined focus within each research cluster as detailed in our Research Brochure.
CBiS’s work has been gaining momentum as an innovative and leading research centre. As a result we expect to expand our network of partners,collaborators and funders. We are open to discuss possible partnerships and funding opportunities. Contact us to see how we can potentially work together: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Grounds Up: The Coffee Shop Industry and the Circular Economy
This study aims to explore how businesses and consumers can engage in the circular economy, the facilitators and inhibitors for doing so, and the importance of these actions for sustainable economies and societies. The UK and Germany are used as two case studies for exploring how and why the coffee shop industry takes part in the circular economy.
The Circular Economy and Sustainability: A Social Movement
On July 11th CBiS held ‘The circular economy: transitioning to sustainability?’ conference at the TechnoCentre. In collaboration with CReiMS (Centre for Research in Marketing and Society), Sheffield University Management School and the Academy of Marketing Sustainability SIG, the one day conference played host to over 80 delegates drawn from across Europe and UK, including academics and practitioners.
Paving the way for digital railway in the UK
The Centre for Business in Society is thrilled to announce a new raliway collaboration with several industry stakeholders, aimed at creating a data-driven system-view of the railway electrification infrastructure.