The cluster stages a regular series of international speaker seminars. Recent contributors have included:
Prof. Jonas Gabrielsson, Halmstad University, Sweden – “Entrepreneurial learning and the professionalisation of the strategic board function in small growth-oriented firms”
Dr Jonas Gabrielsson, CIRCLE, Lund University & Halmstad University - 'High-potential start-ups and effectual board governance: Developing and testing a tentative theoretical framework' & 'Academic education and knowledge intensive entrepreneurship: An assessment of entrepreneurial returns for educational groups in Sweden 2004-2009'
Dr Hossam Zeitouni, University of Zurich - ‘Learning from Ancient Athens: Demarchy and Corporate Governance’
Between April and June 2012, the cluster hosted a visit by Dr Diego Valentinetti from the University of Pescara, Italy, for a research visit. Dr Valentinetti’s research is on financial reporting and he worked with colleagues in the CGE cluster and the Department of Finance, Accounting and Business on joint research and teaching projects.
In conjunction with CIM, we staged an event on Corporate Social Responsibility – theory and practice, on the 12th June, 2012 at the Telford Campus. The workshop brought together practitioners and researchers to share knowledge on how best to implement CSR strategies to promote organisational value creation
In January 2012 we welcomed a group of Nigerian public and private sector executives to a three day workshop on corporate governance & ethics. The programme was organised by Dr Paschal Anosike and included sessions on corporate governance & value creation, board effectiveness, gender diversity and ethical leadership. The Rt Honorable David Udoh said: “The workshop generally is a huge success and very useful to me as a chief executive in the local government in Nigeria”.
In conjunction with Business in the Community, we hosted a workshop on “SMEs and responsible business: does there have to be choice?” in November 2011 at the Wolverhampton Science Park. Presenters included Wade Lyn, The Prince’s Ambassador for Responsible Business West Midlands, Aaron Reid, Responsible Procurement Consultant for Carillion and Dr Silke Machold from the CGE cluster. The event was attended by SME directors from the West Midlands and there was a lively debate on how SMEs can improve business performance by becoming more socially and environmentally responsible.
One example of our international work is the project on ‘Women on Boards: Lessons from Norway’ which is jointly led by Silke with Professors Huse, Brogi and Hansen. The launch workshop at BI Norwegian School of Management in March 2011 was attended by over 80 delegates including senior politicians (e.g. the Norwegian cabinet minister for women and equality), recruitment consultants and company directors from Norway, Germany, US, Belgium, Italy and the UK. The outcomes of the project will be disseminated in a book published by Edward Elgar (forthcoming 2013). Prof Machold jointly edited a book on this project, 'Getting Women on to Corporate Board: A Snowball Starting in Norway', reviewed by corpgov.net.