Principle 3 - Method
The University of Strathclyde will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.
A review of Strathclyde Business School’s programmes is carried out annually to ensure we are teaching best practice in terms of business ethics, CSR and responsible management/ leadership. This is reflected in the content of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with a particular emphasis on increasing the experiential elements. Many of our programmes have reflection built into them, allowing our students to think critically about the business world and responsible leadership.
Socially responsible teaching at all levels and programmes encourages critical thinking:
- As part of the Glasgow Powerhouse series of events, run jointly by Strathclyde Business School and PwC, a number of panel events with different themes have been organised at regular intervals. One, for example, looked at the influence of the financial sector in Glasgow and how Strathclyde Business School impacts on the financial sector. The aim of the Powerhouse series is to promote Glasgow as, for example, a financial centre in order to create sustainable jobs and develop the IFSD (International Financial Services District) in the city.
- Strathclyde Business School student Cameron Graham raised £160,000 to fund a social business tech start-up which enables families and carers to store memories and interact with loved ones in care. He has had support from the University, including the Enterprise Hub for his business, Storii.
- Within ancestral tourism research at the Business School, academics seek to understand and develop strategies for small museums and heritage centres around Scotland. Many of these small organisations lack funding to continue, and the research group's aim is to create sustainable futures through a better understanding of the economic value of their activities.
- Marketing academic Kathy Hamilton co-edited a book on Consumer Vulnerability which was published by Routledge in 2016 and co-edited a consumer vulnerability special issue of the Journal of Marketing Management.
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between Howden Group and the Department of Marketing, led by Dr Nusa Fain (Marketing) and Howden Technology Head David Mitchell, was awarded the highest grade by the Innovate UK evaluation panel. The project aimed at developing and implementing a sustainable new product development procedure optimised for Howden that will ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of commercially viable products to the market.
- Professor Jonathan Levie led the VIP Dragon's Den event at the annual Strathclyde VIP (Vertically Integrated Projects) research conference, in which students pitch for research funding for projects that target Sustainable Development Goals. Students are required to estimate the potential impact reach and significance) of their research.
- Marketing academic Kathy Hamilton is active within the area of Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) and is co-chair of a track at the TCR 2017 conference at Cornell University entitled, 'Overcoming Barriers to Transformation and Maximising Impact.' As the TCR agenda grows, business/management researchers are entering non-traditional contexts for data collection and seeking societal impact from their work. However, initiating and maintaining dialogue with gatekeeping third and public sector organisations presents challenges. This track follows the ESRC funded seminar series on Consumer Vulnerability which threw up areas for future research and illustrates the need for greater understanding of the practices and processes that allow marketing academics and third/ public sector organisations to collaborate more effectively.
- Strathclyde Business School continues to support MSc Global Energy Management (GEM) students in organising an exchange workshop with the students of the Energy, Carbon and Finance Programme at Dauphine University, Paris. This initiative is student-led and exposes both exchange groups to different perspectives on the current challenges in the energy sector. Students who help organise this exchange gain in terms of their own personal development and leadership skills.
- In the Department of Strategy and Organisation Masters programmes, the ‘portfolio management practice’ class teaches students how to create a Socially Responsible Investment screened factor model. Typically, SRI is not taught in financial modules as it is generally done by way of negative screening (screening out those companies that are not social, environmental or ethical). Students are shown how the construction of factor models can positively screen the universe and create a mean variance optimal portfolio of those companies that are benefiting from their SRI implementation.
- Dr Katerina Nicolopoulou leads the ‘Leadership Skills for Urban Change’ class, a core class for the MSc in Global Sustainable Cities, which focuses on the skills required to navigate global challenges in the context of cities through the development of business and entrepreneurial-oriented solutions.
- MBA students across all intakes will now be provided with digital textbooks, an initiative which ties in with the University of Strathclyde’s strategic aims as a leading international technological university. The MBA team supplied digital textbooks to Glasgowbased MBA students, on the full time, part time and flexible learning routes as a pilot scheme for the academic year 2016/17. Following the trial, the MBA unit is now rolling out nine core digital textbooks to all new intakes, including students at the Business Schools eight international centres.
- A case study was developed and delivered by Dr Andrea Coulson of the Department of Accounting and Finance and Christopher Bray, Head of Environmental Risk at Barclays Group, as a basis for a reflective essay on students’ views on how to account for risks arising from mining of the Tar Sands in Alberta. The case was then debated in a workshop for the Accounting Honours class ‘Accounting and Risk’ led by Christopher Bray to explore students’ views on how to account for social and environmental credit risks. A further class was developed on how to account for the social risks of in-work poverty led by visiting Professor Michael Kelly in April 2016, then Chair of the UK Living Wage Foundation. Both cases were linked to research underway in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
- Students in Dr Niall MacKenzie’s Honours level ‘Family Business’ class students undertake a family business simulation to learn about responsible leadership of family businesses where they act out a succession event in a family business setting.
- Dr Dominic Chalmers teaches a second year undergraduate class on collaborative consumption and other sustainable business models. The class focuses on non-economic reciprocity networks that can increase levels of social capital in disadvantaged areas.