Our vision is to engage with local and international agents for change, in companies, in communities and in public institutions, through developing leadership and management. Alongside the rapid evolution of and investment in technologies we need an equal and reciprocal evolution of and investment in our social systems, workforces, workplaces and communities.
Social innovation (SI) is about supporting people and organizations to change to respond to challenges and new demands; to provide solutions to the issues that lie beyond the capacity of the governments or markets alone. For example, creating new systems and models of social care to transitioning to low carbon, or progressing equality and diversity. The visions, strategies and operational delivery of these require a breadth and depth of research to enable leadership and management. Social innovation projects contribute to not only addressing real and specific problems they contribute to citizen awareness, bottom-up action, self-reliant enterprise, civil liberty and community building/rebuilding.
UN goals on Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities (Goals, 5, 10) Growth (Goal 8 ) and Industry (Goal 9) and sustainable economic growth, full employment and decent work for all with Sustainability (Goal 12).
Scottish Government policy on Fair Work; to have thriving and innovative businesses, with quality jobs and fair work for everyone. and build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, to have a globally competitive, entrepreneurial, inclusive economy and workforce.
Research can enable policy development in and for the strategic development of SI, to provide solutions to the issues that lie beyond the capacity of the governments or markets alone. Building up knowledge networks connecting like-minded individuals, innovators, scholars, policy makers, entrepreneurs and NGOs.
Our group has SI projects ranging from supporting female entrepreneurship in migrant camps, through fair and decent work in social care, to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR ) leadership in the private sector.
Gibb, Hassan and Harrison are members of the UWS Centre for Women in Protracted Crisis.
Fair and decent work has Gibb and Ishaq are members of the Oxfam-UWS partnership which has conducted research in the area of decent work, contributing to policy development for addressing poverty in Scotland with Oxfam. Recent research on decent work in Social care had substantial media coverage, and contributed to the Feeley review of adult social care.
Ishaq has undertaken research on equalities themes with the BAME staff experiences of academic libraries; SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries). He has conducted consultancy for the Scottish Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His research of a practical and applied nature with implications for policymakers, societies, organizations and communities. Ishaq is a Equality and Diversity Advisory Board Member of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) since 2017.
Reynolds has research and publications on leadership theories and their use in a wide variety of contexts. This ranges across the UK, Scotland, Ghana, and Nigeria on developing and validating new measures of leadership constructs of moral reasoning orientation in servant leadership; the cultural dimensions of gender egalitarianism and power distance and extra-role behaviour; Work-life balance policies, practices; Gender discrimination and inequality regimes in Scottish call-centres. Reynolds most recent work has explored an “ethics of care approach” towards employees in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Zhang’s work in talent management and development in China, takes a fair and decent work perspective.
English is active in the sociology of work and draws from gender and postcolonial organisation studies. She writes about how communities and organisations change when they centre the needs of marginalised communities by collectivising the micropolitical everyday acts of social reproduction.
Harrison has published a major textbook on leadership, as well as a wide range of outputs in journals. Dr Harrison is a member of the Centre for Women in Protracted Crisis. Elliott’s work on child protection explores organisational learning from crisis and the role and of power relations within local professional agency networks. The focus is upon understanding how learning is translated into behaviours and shared values between agency members with networks charged with ensuring effective child protection.
Reilly’s work focuses upon third sector entrepreneurship, decent work and employability. She is also leading a KTP in the area of employability. Routes to Work - integrating digital connectivity for mobile engagement and creating virtual reality product as a ‘3rd Safe Space’ to allow vulnerable groups to access workplace environments via VR simulations.
Livingstone is currently leading a Government funded project exploring the development of enterprises in remote and rural areas through the Oak Tree Inn KTP involving digital, social and transformational technologies including developing cloud commerce, digital marketing and virtual tourism and promotions.
Telford does research around the broad theme of social entrepreneurial marketing with specific reference to poverty reduction, economic development and community regeneration. He is on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Marketing.
Guo is concerned with corporate social responsibility, and social and environmental accounting; awarded ‘Best Developmental Paper’ by International Business & International Management Special Interest Group at British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2016. Guo was awarded a CSR and Accounting Firms in China research grant in 2016.
Fletcher researches in financial literacy - looking at issues such as financial literacy, personal budgeting, inclusion and gender. She also researches in accounting, focusing on image and corporate social responsibility/social and environmental accounting and emerging markets.
Kouroukilis focused on reconfiguration methodologies for retail supply chains, sustainability assessment of bio-fuel to energy supply chains, knowledge management in the supply chain for new product development, and sustainable performance evaluation in supply chains.
Mackie’s areas of expertise include Public Service Management, in which he has published a key textbook, as well as on talent management in the public sector in Scotland. He has more recently leading a KTP in the private sector where his strategic management and HR interest are involved.
Ying Ding researches the history of strategic international management; the history of operational management; busines leadership and paternalism.
Beloucif researches the links between strategy, corporate reputation and Islamic studies.