Northampton Business School researchers at IFSAM
The Northampton Business School was represented at the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM) 11th World Congress held at the University of Limerick, Ireland, 26th to the 29th of June 2012. The congress attracted four hundreds scholars from across the globe to engage in dialogue on the theme of “Management Re-Imagined”.
In its 11th edition the pathways included re-imagined ways of management across 80 parallel workshop sessions. The variety and depth of discussion ranged from Fukushima Disaster, Innovation in Developing Countries to Philosophical insights into Management. The re-imagined pathways included pedagogical business education, Human Resources management, Leadership, Corporate Governance, Marketing, Innovation, Business Behaviour and Sustainability amongst others.
Miss Ouarda Dsouli (NBS PhD Research student) presented a paper co-authored with Prof. Nada Kakabadse, entitled ‘Teleology of the Purpose: Beyond Profit Maximisation and Towards Sustainable Growth – Evidence from the UK Banking Industry’. The paper examines and compares the profitability and growth metrics within commercial banks and building societies in a small industry comparative study. The result of the study concludes that business model of building societies is more sustainable in the long term. Drawing on these results, the paper proposes a new business model for conducting more sustainable business.
Nadeem Khan (NBS Postgraduate Researcher) presented a co-authored Paper with Prof. Nada Korac-Kakabadse, entitled, ‘How Oligopolistic Firms Report and Practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): The Co-evolution of Grocery Multiples in UK’. This study critically examines CSR of Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons and the Co-operative, in seeking to establish whether business imperatives are balanced against wider stakeholder societal interests. The Paper concludes that currently CSR activities favour the firm rather than society. Therefore, the recommendation is made for wider stakeholders such as members of the public and firm employees to be involved within the CSR Boards of Corporations.