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How to drive social change? Best practices for business leaders and social enterprises

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

How to drive social change? Best practices for business leaders and social enterprises

Research by academics at the University of Sheffield Management breaks new ground by developing an evidence-based framework to understand how organisations can drive positive social change.

 ute_driven_social-ChangeThe team including Dr Ute Stephan, Dr Malcolm Patterson and Ciara Kelley synthesized 20 years of research published across multiple academic disciplines and including practitioner research. They developed a report as a handbook for organisations, which details specific actions organisations can take to successfully create behaviour change.

 Ute Stephan the lead author of the report says “We highlight 19 mechanisms of behaviour change, showcase different change strategies, and how change projects should be managed. Because our report is based on a systematic review of evidence it includes mechanism and strategies that are known to work. Organisations can use it to develop new strategies or benchmark their current efforts, for instance to pinpoint barriers to delivering social impact.” Although primarily written from the perspective of businesses and social enterprises, the authors believe that non-profits and public sector organisations will also find it useful to consult the social change framework.

The research benefited greatly from its international advisors including Professor Johanna Mair (Stanford University and Hertie School of Governance), Rob Briner (University of Bath), Jo Rick (Manchester University) and managers from Canadian industry leaders. The research could not have been produced without the financial and intellectual assistance of the Network for Business Sustainability (nbs.net).

Interested to learn more?

  • Visit the project website [ust1]
  • Read the report: Stephan, U., Patterson, M. & Kelly, C. (2013). Business-driven social change: A systematic review of the evidence. Network for Business Sustainability. download[US2]
  • Hear Ute Stephan talk through the main findings in a webinar for practitioners (Wednesday, April 10 at 6pm (UK, 1pm EST) or Tuesday, April 16 at 5pm (UK, 12pm EST)).
    Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4342366491738209024

Click here for a recording of the webinar.

 

Management School success at ESRC Festival of Social Science 2012

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and took place between the 3rd and 10th of November this year. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists across the UK the festival celebrated the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. The Management School was pleased to  contribute the following events to the festival this year:

Punched from the screen: Workplace cyberbullying

Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley of  IWP and Dr Iain Coyne of Nottingham University

This event took place on the 7th of November and was concerned with the findings of the school’s recent study of workplace cyberbullying and its employee impact  in a number of university settings.  The study has consequently received international interest from Canada, India, France, and the US. The event was also the launch of the forthcoming research over the next three years with PhD student Sam Farley, who will be partly working on a work-based measure of cyberbullying. Dr Christine Sprigg said:  “Securing the ESRC funding enabled us to make an international media impact but also find high quality and relevant organizational local collaborators for our research going forwards. We are delighted to have been supported by ESRC in this way.”

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2012

Who wants to be an entrepreneur?

Dr Peter Rodgers, Dr Rob Wapshott of the Management School

This interactive workshop took place on the 9th of November at Longley Park Sixth Form College, Sheffield. The event was designed to raise awareness of issues relating to entrepreneurship and enterprise, giving students the opportunity to engage with and develop the skills required to set up and sustain business ventures.

Walking the tightrope: Elite performance in humans

Dr Ute Stephan of  IWP , Dr. Paul Thomas of DNAdefinitive and BBC Business Doctor, Andy McCann of Mental Skills Coach to Elite Athletes, Dr Mark Stacey NHS Anaesthetist, Andy Halliday Team GB Manager Men’s Hockey and Sam Brearey current World Sailing Champion and Steve Eaton, MBE, of the Special Forces

The aim of this event organised by the Management School in association with DNA definitive Wales, was to answer and discuss the following questions:

  • How can we get the best of out of ourselves and show peak performance when it really matters?
  • What is the role of leaders in encouraging high performance – are we perhaps best off getting rid of management altogether?
  • Which lessons can we learn from expert entrepreneurs on how to lead for high performance while creating truly innovative organisations?

The event brought together insights from business leaders, sports professionals, fire arms and medical specialists as well as academics and made for lively discussions with participants hailing from business, professional sports, public health, police and fire services and third sector.

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2012

Fuel Poverty related illnesses: a preventable plague

Prof. S.C. Lenny Koh – Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), University of Sheffield  Management School; Councillor Jack Scott – Cabinet Member, Sheffield City Council; Robert Marchand – Doctoral Researcher at CEES, University of Sheffield Management School; Kath McDaid – Project Development Co-ordinator, National Energy Action (NEA); Prof. Angela Tod – Professor of Health Services Research, Sheffield Hallam University; Kath Horner – Health Improvement Principle, NHS Sheffield; Jo Butcher – Health and Fuel Poverty Advisor, Friends of the Earth.

Attended by 50 delegates ranging from Cabinet Members,  Local Authority figures, Department of Health and  NHS representatives, third sector organisation and university associates, this event took place on the 6th of November in Firth Hall at the University of Sheffield. The event stimulated debate and discussion around the challenges of fuel poverty and how this impacts on health.  The event builds upon the BIG Energy Upgrade project (BEU), which The University of Sheffield is one of 14 partners including 6 Local Authorities, 4 ALMOs, 2 Social Housing Providers and Yorkshire Energy Services, which has received £14.9m funding of which £7m has been provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The BEU project targets deprived communities in Yorkshire & Humber and it aims to tackle fuel poverty and at the same time aims to stimulate business development and create job opportunities for those living in the targeted communities.

Coping with Austerity

Professor Jason Heyes University of Sheffield Management School, Dr Kevin Farnsworth from the University of Sheffield Department of Sociological Studies, Alan  Fraser Chief Executive of Birmingham YMCA

Taking place on the 9th of November at the Holy Trinity School in Barnsley, the primary aim of this event was to raise awareness of the consequences and potential consequences of the current government’s austerity measures, particularly in relation to their impact on the life chances and labour market experiences of young people. The event was also intended to demonstrate to the audience the value of social science research.  More than 40 young people between the ages of 16 and 18, including students from Holy Trinity, Sir Thomas Wharton Community College in Doncaster and Thomas Rotherham College in Rotherham attended the event. There were three presentations discussing potential alternative means of dealing with government debt,  the impact of spending and benefits cuts on homelessness,  and whether weaker employment protections are likely to lead to improvements in the employment opportunities available to young people and their ability to access good quality jobs.

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2012

Further information:

  • The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK – via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. This is the tenth year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the Festival grows from strength to strength.
    Visit: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/
  • The Big Energy Upgrade is a regional flagship project addressing the priority needs of both reduction in carbon emissions and the creation of jobs. To address the issues in an integrated approach the University of Sheffield has brought together a multidisciplinary team of academics working alongside Local Authorities, ALMOs, social housing providers and an energy services company. The Big Energy Upgrade, is delivered by a consortium of local authorities and social housing providers, led by Kirklees Council, is a very ambitious project as, for the first time in the UK, the Partners will work together in adopting a fully integrated, whole-house approach while installing energy efficiency measures and micro generation technologies in households. Through individual household assessments the project will identify a highly individual package of measures for each of the households and which will provide optimal insulation and energy control to the house.
    Visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/bigenergyupgrade

 

 

 

CIPD seminar: New trends in leadership

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This seminar is in association with CIPD South Yorkshire Branch and the University of Sheffield Management School.

Date: 14 November 2012
Time:
5.30 to 7.30pm
Venue:
Boardroom, ICOSS, Sheffield
To register: Please contact Kelly Walker: 0114 23433 or K.Walker@sheffield.ac.uk

About the seminar
Dr Ute Stephan at the Institute of Work Psychology at the Management School, will deliver this session, providing an overview of current trends in leadership including the evolving concepts of authentic, ethical and servant leadership as well as leading with meaning. The session will then look at the more strategic view on leadership and discuss what we can learn from leadership research on expert entrepreneurs as well as elaborating on the implications for leadership training and development. The session will be interactive and provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their experience.

For further information about CIPD visit http://www.cipd.co.uk/


ESRC event: Walking the tightrope

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Management School is pleased to announce further success at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

Date: 8 November 2012
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: The Edge, The University of Sheffield, Endcliffe
To register: Click here to register your free place at the seminar

This one-day symposium explores how to create effective people, teams and organisations by drawing on the shared expertise and experience of a group of exceptional performers from the worlds of sport, medicine, specialist security and business.

Speakers include:

  • Andy McCann, Sam Brearey, Andy Halliday, – from the World of Elite Sport
  • Mark Stacey – Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS
  • Dr Paul Thomas – BBC Business Doctor, Leadership and Research Fellow in Complexity in Practice
  • Keri Jones – HR Advisor
  • Dr Ute Stephan – Expert in leadership from the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield
  • Neil Francombe and Steve Eaton – Specialist forces and firearms command

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at local and national businesses.

Further information

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival

Management School to hold international summer school for entrepreneurship research

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

As part of the INPERE network, Dr. Ute Stephan was awarded EUR 26,000 funding from the EU Erasmus program to hold an international summer-school titled “Toward policy relevant entrepreneurship research from a psychological perspective: Advanced research methods” from July 7 to 19, 2013 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The funding includes 4 scholarships for University of Sheffield PhD or Masters Students to attend the summer school as well as one teaching bursary.


This funding follows on from a successful, international conference on “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship” which Ute organised together with Dr Marjan Gorgievski, Erasmus University Rotterdam, earlier this year in Sheffield (http://conference.iwp.dept.shef.ac.uk/programme/satellite-conference/).

 

Success at Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

A paper by Dr. Ute Stephan University of Sheffield Management School with Christian Hopp from the University of Vienna, has been published in the 2012 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. The Best Paper Proceedings is a publication for papers considered to be in the top 10% of those presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. This is one of the largest meetings of management scholars in the world and took place in early August in Boston, USA. The paper is entitled “The influence of socio-cultural environments on the performance of nascent entrepreneurs”. 

 


4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 12-14 September, 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The University of Sheffield Management School is proud to be involved in organising the 4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) to be held in Birmingham, UK from September 12-14, 2012. Each year ISIRC brings together the international academic community focusing on social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation. Confirmed speakers include Dennis Young (Georgia State University), Alex Nicholls (Oxford University), Graham Smith (University of Southampton), Pascal Dey (St Gallen University), Pete Alcock (University of Birmingham), Fergus Lyon (Middlesex University) and Roger Spear (the Open University).

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 20 April.  Please see the website http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/NewsandEvents/ISIRC/tabid/875/Default.aspx for more details.

The conference organisers will be editing a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Management ( http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=0CwPlpXjbAo%3D&tabid=392&mid=959) drawing upon papers from the conference. Other selected papers will be fast-tracked for publication in Social Enterprise Journal and the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

Dr Ute Stephan member of the Institute of Work Psychology and the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development, and director of the new MSc in Leadership is involved in ISIRC on behalf of the University of Sheffield Management School.

Dare to take a step with the Doctoral Entrepreneurship Conference

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

How to start-up and manage an enterprise alongside your doctoral research is something most full-time PhD students may not see as feasible. This Doctoral Entrepreneurship Conference brings together three categories of enterprising doctoral/post-doctoral researchers sharing their experiences, knowledge and equip students with the right tools to develop or manage their own enterprises. First is the group of doctoral researchers currently combining their research with the management of own enterprises. Secondly, doctoral researchers who are seeking to establish and manage their own enterprise alongside their studies. Thirdly, the group of post-doctoral entrepreneurs who successfully managed their own enterprise alongside their research work. It will inform doctoral researchers, on how and where to access help to turn their innovative ideas in a vibrant start-up and how to manage their enterprise.

For more info see Doctoral Entrepreneurship Conference.

EAWOP Small Group Meeting “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship”

Monday, January 9th, 2012

IWP at the Management School are delighted to announce the EAWOP Small Group Meeting “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship” will take place in Sheffield between June 29th and July 1st 2012.

The meeting will take place immediately after the IWP Conference 2012. The aim of this small group meeting is to advance the field of Psychology of Entrepreneurship in Europe and beyond. This will be achieved by bringing together researchers working in the field and stimulating intense discussion, by encouraging participants to make links between each other’s work and by stimulating cross cultural collaboration. The contributions for the meeting will be clustered around four broad topics. Provisionally, these are:

  1. Entrepreneurial Personality: From trait to process and interaction;
  2. Advancing research on entrepreneurial careers;
  3. Entrepreneurial leadership; and
  4. Affect and cognition in entrepreneurship. A cross-cutting theme throughout the meeting will be to draw attention to cultural aspects.

The meeting also entails a number of keynote speakers chosen among top-level researchers in the broader field of the Psychology of Entrepreneurship. Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Frese, National University of Singapore and Leuphana University
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wegge, Dresden University of Technology
  • Prof. Dr. John Arnold, University of Sheffield

How can you take part?
The number of participants is restricted to 25. To participate please submit a paper to the Small Group Meeting organisers (see below) by March 1st 2012. There is no fee for participation. Please see the full call for papers here.

Meeting Organisers

The Small Group Meeting is sponsored by EAWOP – the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology.

EAWOP Small Group Meeting “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship”

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

We are delighted to announce that immediately after the IWP Conference 2012 the EAWOP Small Group Meeting “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship” will take place in Sheffield (June 29 – July 1st, 2012).

The aim of this small group meeting is to advance the field of Psychology of Entrepreneurship in Europe and beyond. This will be achieved by bringing together researchers working in the field and stimulating intense discussion, by encouraging participants to make links between each other’s work and by stimulating cross cultural collaboration. The contributions for the meeting will be clustered around four broad topics. Provisionally, these are 1) Entrepreneurial Personality: From trait to process and interaction; 2) Advancing research on entrepreneurial careers; 3) Entrepreneurial leadership; and 4) Affect and cognition in entrepreneurship. A cross-cutting theme throughout the meeting will be to draw attention to cultural aspects.

The meeting also entails a number of keynote speakers chosen among top-level researchers in the broader field of the Psychology of Entrepreneurship. Confirmed international keynote speakers include
Professor Per Davidsson, QUT Business School, Australia
Professor Michael Frese, National University of Singapore and Leuphana University Germany
Professor Lorraine Uhlaner, EDHEC Business School, France
Professor Juergen Wegge, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Confirmed UK keynote speakers include
Professor John Arnold, University of Sheffield, UK

How can you take part?

The number of participants is restricted to 25. To participate please submit a paper to the Small Group Meeting organisers (see below) by March 15, 2012. There will be no fees for participation. Please see the full call for papers here.

Meeting Organisers
Dr. Marjan Gorgievski, Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam, Netherlands gorgievski@fsw.eur.nl
Dr Ute Stephan, University of Sheffield, UK u.stephan@sheffield.ac.uk

The Small Group Meeting is sponsored by EAWOP – the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Sheffield.

More information at the IWP Conference Website