Research on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Business Ethics at Middlesex University Business School takes an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Current work includes an ESRC-funded seminar series on SMEs in emerging/developing economies in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Nottingham and Royal Holloway/University of London; collaborative research on nonmarket strategies/Political CSR with colleagues from the University of Warwick and Fudan University in China; and comparative research as part of an international research team funded by the European Business Ethics Network. We also have strong collaborative links in Africa (particularly Nigeria and South Africa).
Particular importance is given to the following areas:
CSR in emerging and developing economies
Our research examines CSR practices among firms from emerging and developing economies. We have particular expertise with regards to Africa, where we conducted CSR-related research projects in Nigeria, South Africa and other countries. We are interested in any area of CSR or sustainability in emerging and developing economies - large emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs) or very small SMEs, private or state-owned enterprises, single country case studies or comparative studies. We currently host an ESRC seminar series on SMEs in emerging/developing economies which is supported by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
Nonmarket strategies and Political CSR
This research examines interactions between social/environmental and political aspects of CSR. We refer to Political CSR as any activities where CSR has an intended or unintended political impact, or where intended or unintended political impacts on CSR exist (see this review of Political CSR research and theory). Our research highlights the importance of integrating social and political aspects in nonmarket strategy (see special issue of the British Journal of Management).
Social Responsibility among SMEs
This research strand examines issues relating to CSR among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). We understand CSR in its widest possible sense as any socially or environmentally responsible practices by SMEs and social enterprises. We previously worked around SMEs and social capital, the influence of religion on SMEs' business practices and comparative research into CSR cognition of SME owner-managers. Dr. Andrea Werner is currently engaged in comparative research on CSR in SMEs across six European countries as part of an international research team funded by the European Business Ethics Network.
Social entrepreneurship and sustainability
For over 15 years, Middlesex University's Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research has worked at the forefront of research on social enterprises, that means, businesses that reinvest profits into social problems, communities, the environment and bettering people's life chances. In addition to a number of influential projects for different government departments and NGOs, Middlesex was the social enterprise lead in the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre and directed the ESRC Social Enterprise Research Capacity Building Cluster. Our well-respected reputation in this area is set to grow, with a new five year programme as part of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity.