Principle 6 - Dialogue
The University of Strathclyde will facilitate and support dialogue and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organisations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.
A programme of seminars, guest speaker events and debates which facilitate dialogue between the business school and its stakeholders is active throughout the Business School. Our academics are called on to impart their knowledge to private, public and not-for-profit organisations, contributing to the debating of issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.
A Business School that provokes and facilitates discussion on global social responsibility issues:
- Strathclyde Business School participated in the University-wide Engage week with an event on family business and its sense of social responsibility; another on benchmarking pay and conditions including Living Wage implementation, mental health, and the recruitment crisis in care. Another event was an educational presentation on financial markets with the aim of providing free insight into the stockmarket and trends in the financial industry to a wide audience; and another to help identify the innovation needs of and solutions for public sector organisations. The Benchmarking Pay and Conditions in the Scottish Voluntary Sector included a panel session on the relevance of a Business Case for the Living Wage in the care sector with 42 delegates from the care sector and local and national government. Aspects of the business case discussed included: covering the costs of the Living Wage, phasing in change, pursuing social welfare through employee impact, stakeholder engagement and creating value through the supply chain as a Living Wage employer. Debate was encouraged on the relevance of a ‘Business Case’, or aspects of it, to public sector and third sector organisations. In particular, emphasis was placed on the relative importance of financial considerations and social/ employee welfare considerations.
- Highlighting government recognition and campaign impact, Strathclyde were invited to host the Living Wage Expo Conference in October 2016 with financial costs of hospitality covered by SBS.
- A VIP Dragon’s Den competition was held in front of an audience of educators, students, business, government and other stakeholders, raising awareness of what students can do when they have the freedom to design and implement long term multi-year research projects that aim to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems in health, energy and education.
- Dr Andrea Coulson, Department of Accounting and Finance, represented SBS at a Parliamentary Reception on November 2 at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, sponsored by MSP Daniel Johnson to celebrate Living Wage Week 2016.
- Visiting Professor in Accounting and Finance Michael Kelly has been honoured with a Living Wage Leadership Award for his contribution to the Living Wage Campaign over the last decade.
- The Department of Accounting and Finance launched the Centre for Financial Regulation and Innovation. This is focused around ethical dialogue, as financial markets have proved incapable of self-regulation.
- Barbara Simpson, Strategy & Organisation, is working with the Glasgow School of Art and a team of international experts from New Zealand, New York and Quebec on collaborative public leadership workshops to help Scotland’s public leaders to work together on complex social challenges and problems such as elderly care and educational attainment.
- The SCER/FITwork team, in conjunction with partners from the Institute of Design at Glasgow School of Art, delivered an academic symposium on Progressive and Creative Practice for Workplace Innovation to an audience of academics on June 13 2016. This was the second in a series of three events supported by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute. Chaired by Colin Lindsay and with the opening address given by Tricia Findlay, guest speakers included Professor Jacob Buur, (SDU Design Initiative, University of Southern Denmark), Dr Kristina Potocnik, (University of Edinburgh), Professor Helen Shipton, (Nottingham Trent University), Professor Arnold Bakker, (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Professor Ewart Keep, (SKOPE, Oxford University) and Ellie Crawford, (Office of the Chief Economic Advisor, Scottish Government).
- Professor Patricia Findlay (SCER/HRM) took part in an expert panel with Keith Brown, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work and hosted by Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, at an event to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the Scottish Business Pledge, attended by an audience of over 50 businesses and stakeholders.
- Dr Colin Lindsay, Dr Rachelle PascoeDeslauriers and Johanna Butler (SCER/ HRM) held feedback sessions with care sector employers and employees, in order to support knowledge exchange on fair and innovative workplace practices in social care.
- Dr Kerem Akartunali (Management Science) was invited as a guest speaker to the Resource Efficiency Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meeting on “Food Waste” that took place at Ivan Wood and Sons on June 16. The Resource Efficiency IAG, a collaboration between Zero Waste Scotland, Interface Food & Drink and the Scottish Food and Drink Federation, acts as a forum to identify and prioritise the most pressing energy, water and waste efficiency issues in the food and drink sector. Dr Akartunali shared his experiences using operational research to minimise waste in the food and drink sector, engaging in an open discussion with environmental and operational managers as well as directors of various companies to identify opportunities of collaboration
- Human Resource Management’s Professor Tom Baum met colleagues from Strathmore University, Moi Universty and Utalii College in Kenya in order to discuss a future research agenda and to plan a tripartite workshop on sustainable HRM in tourism.
- Brian Garvey, Human Resource Management, and Richard Lord, Civil and Environmental Engineering, met with members of the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood to discuss their current research into the renewable energy capacity of brownfield sites in Scotland and the potential for addressing inequalities in employment opportunity, fuel poverty and health through their utilisation. They were subsequently invited to launch a new assessment tool kit for community based renewable energy at the Scottish Parliament in May 2017.
- The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), Scotland’s leading independent economic research institute, was enlarged during 2016 to mark its 40th anniversary. Investment by the University means the FAI has expanded its economic research capabilities, carrying out independent analysis into Government financial budgets and decisions which is then conveyed to the media and the public. Appointed as part of this expansion, one of the new members of the team, David Eiser, was appointed Expert Independent Adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s powerful cross-party Finance and Constitution Committee. In September, the Institute published its first Scotland’s Budget: 2016 report at an event in Edinburgh attended by leaders from across the business and public sector communities. The new report, now to be an annual event, was supported by the Scottish Funding Council and set out the outlook, challenges and opportunities for the Scottish Government when setting its Budget for the year ahead. The report attracted widespread media coverage and has become established within policymaking circles as the definitive guide to Scotland’s public finances.
- Strathclyde Business School student Jennifer McGregor was awarded £10,000 by West Dunbartonshire Social Enterprise Challenge for her social business idea for a range of clothing aimed at those who need specialised clothing – to cover stomas or colostomy bags - to help keep them comfortable. Jennifer studied Marketing and Business Law and took an Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Ventures course at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. Jennifer had to submit her business plans as part of the Social Enterprise Challenge which was launched by the Council, together with business development agency Firstport, in 2012 to help create local not-forprofit businesses that offered new employment opportunities. Jennifer was later named West Dunbartonshire’s Citizen of the Year at the annual Provost’s Civic Awards on April 22 2016 for starting her own innovative social enterprise.
- In alignment with the UAE Year of Giving, SBS UAE is supporting Emirates Down Syndrome Association with its strategic road map as it prepares to host the World Down Syndrome Congress in 2020. Dr Katerina Nicolopoulou (HCE) and Strathclyde MBA students received high praise from the director of EDSA for their Strategic Consulting in Practice (SCIP) output during April 2017. In a second stage of the collaboration, SBS UAE alumni and students will be invited to take on voluntary pro-bono consultancy roles to further the organisation’s Strategic Road Map and to create a plan for sustainability of its financial recourses and fundraising.
- Juliette Wilson is a leading member of the Dunbartonshire Young Enterprise board and is actively involved in mentoring and equipping final year school students with the skills to set up and profitably run their own businesses. This year she organised and facilitated the masterclasses run with schools and the grand finale. She has helped to mentor over 1,000 school pupils through the programme. Dunbartonshire Young Enterprise is part of Young Enterprise, the UK’s leading enterprise educational charity. It creates a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise. With the support of more than 3,500 businesses and over 5,000 schools, colleges and local communities Young Enterprise helps to inspire the UK’s next generation of enterprising young people.
- Working with the Glasgow Donor Centre, as part of their Digital Marketing and Convergent Marketing Communications class, a group of students spent weeks promoting the importance of blood donation through a specially set up Facebook page and blog, generating a tremendous amount of publicity, support and appreciation. They networked with the national Blood Transfusion Service and brought along a number of students as a result of the donor centre in Glasgow’s Nelson Mandela Place to give blood. The students continued to work with blood donor agencies to continue making citizens and particularly their fellow students aware of the rewards of donating blood.
- Sarah Dodd of the Hunter Centre won funding for, and commenced working on, a research project into entrepreneurship and selfemployment for the disabled. From the outset, this project has been in dialogue with relevant civil society organisations and enterprise support agencies to stimulate and support both dialogue and practice in addressing the socio-economic needs of this marginalised and vulnerable group. n Through the Hunter Centre’s Lucrezia Casulli’s Business Clinics, students, academic staff and local organisations have engaged in collaborative projects intended to support young people in disadvantaged areas of Glasgow (e.g. collaboration with The Princes Trust, CoderDojo Bridgeton) and in developing countries (collaboration with Power A Life).
- The Strathclyde Dialogues hosted by Dr Katerina Nicolopoulou at Strathclyde UAE (Dubai-Abu Dhabi) are currently in their sixth year; these business community engagement events focus on trending topics of contemporary global interest, including several sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals related aspects (eg: Health, Diversity etc). The Strathclyde Dialogues featured in the 2013 PRME case collection.