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Bradford School of Management launches new research group aiming to promote social responsibility and sustainable development in business


A professor at the University of Bradford School of Management has hailed the launch of a new research group a big success.

The Bradford Centre for Business in Society (BCBiS) research group aims to promote social responsibility and sustainable development in businesses, and examine implications for leadership, strategy and change in organisations.

The official launch programme of BCBiS got under way with two seminars and a workshop in February.

The seminar series was opened with a talk by Prof Catherine Cassell, from Leeds University Business School, on the progress of qualitative research within business, management and organizational fields.

Prof Cassell is the founding chair of British Academy of Management's Special Interest group in Research Methodology and co-Editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: an international journal.

Prof. Eric Pezet (pictured), of the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, then gave a seminar entitled Acknowledging and Adapting to Employees Social Expectations.

A doctoral symposium, run jointly by staff and doctoral students from the University of Bradford School of Management and Paris Ouest, with a focus on business and society research, was also one of the BCBiS research centre’s series of launch events.

Last month Prof Geraldine Healy, of Queen Mary University of London, gave a seminar on Gender Representation and the Gender Pay Gap in the Financial Services Sector.

Prof Nelarine Cornelius, co-director of BCBiS, said: “Our launch events so far have been really well attended by staff and students from the School of Managment, as well as from other University departments, including Health and Social Sciences. Colleagues from other nearby universities also attended.”

Prof Cornelius has already secured a trio of high profile academics as guest speakers for the 2016-17 school year.

They are Prof Samantha Warren of Cardiff Business School, Prof Caroline Gattrell of Lancaster University Management School and Prof Miguel Martinez Lucio of Manchester Business School. A full programme will be released in autumn 2016.

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