Sustainability and Responsibility - Reseach

Cranfield School of Management

Our Research

As a specialist action-research centre at Cranfield School of Management, our research is focused on CR, sustainability and the role of business in society. Our purpose is to enable academic research in these areas, and provide today's manager with the knowledge, vision and scope to adopt a fully sustainable approach to business activities.

  • We undertake our own research and also collaborate with associates and partners.
  • We also support faculty members of the School of Management in their related research.
  • Our library is free to access here.
  • We also encourage research via our students at MBA/MSc and PhD level, who we consider the next generation of leaders in the field.

Renewing Capitalism

We are working on a scoping exercise to map out a range of initiatives focussed on renewing capitalism. This exciting project was the last challenge given to the Centre by its founding sponsor, the late Nigel Doughty, in his last meeting with the Centre director. For more information, click here.


A multi-year research project into how businesses are collaborating for economic regeneration and social inclusion, and to advance Responsible Business Practices. More...

Embedding Sustainability: Stages of Corporate Responsibility Maturity

A multi-year research project on what businesses need to do in order to embed responsible business.More...

Lead: Professor David Grayson and Ron Ainsbury

Creating a corporate culture of sustainability and engaging employees

Embedding sustainability requires commitment and leadership. It is also requires employee engagement. The Centre has produced a number of publications over the years on engaging employees. Our current focus is on careers with purpose. For more information:

Lead: visiting fellow Anita Hoffmann

Responsible Innovation

This research programme explores how companies innovate for sustainability. It includes, but is not confined to,exploration of how companies use high-level commitment such as to Circular Economy to drive innovation; establish more eclectic networks of potential innovation partners (including NGOs, suppliers, competitors, companies in other sectors, academia, government agencies and development agencies); equip managers and leaders with partnership skills; create enabling environments in which employee-initiated innovation (such as social intrapreneurism) can occur; rethink their overall governance of innovation; and seek sustainable shared-value for the company and society.

Lead: Dr Palie Smart

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