Details for Kingston Business School
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
Sign Up Date to PRME
27 Mar 2015
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
25 Jun 2017
Sharing Information on Progress (2017)
Period Covered: Jan 2015 to Jun 2017
The implementation of the PRME Principles in Kingston Business School have benefitted from our ongoing commitment to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact for more than a decade. Being part of the PRME network has supported us to further embed Responsible Management Education in everything we do.
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Kingston Business School, and the Faculty of Business & Law at Kingston University within which it sits, has a stated intention to prepare graduates with an awareness of corporate social responsibility, business ethics and sustainability, throughout our Business, Accountancy and Law education, and at all degree levels.
All undergraduate students are exposed to responsible management education through the embedding of CSR, business ethics and sustainability into modules, as well as the delivery of more specific modules such as Responsible Management, Managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, and Law for Accountants.
At postgraduate level, we further students’ understanding, and deliver programme learning outcomes incorporating CSR and sustainability.
We also align our programmes with the requirements of regulatory bodies and, as such, ensure our students and graduates meet these codes of ethics for responsible professionals.
The curricula we deliver are also supported by the physical environment of the Business School; the 7,300m² building was designed in line with the University’s sustainability agenda, as well as to facilitate staff-student interaction. The new building achieved a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘Excellent’, the second highest rating available.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Several of the Business School research centres and groups have projects (past and present) aligned to CSR/sustainability topics.
For example, The Centre for Research in Employment, Skills and Society (CRESS) researches employee happiness and wellbeing, education and skills, careers, personality and labour market outcomes, the psychology of managerial decision making, cross-cultural analysis of strategic decision making, equality and diversity, labour unions, employment relations, leadership, and public service motivation. It is home to the Kingston Employee Engagement Consortium (KEEC), the consultancy branch of CRESS, which aims to communicate the research findings to stakeholders in the business community, academics and policy makers.
The Behaviour and Practice Research Group attracted funds to use digital technologies to provide households with feedback about their electricity consumption, compared with that of other local homes. The randomised controlled trial suggested that feedback showing households their own consumption is equally as effective as comparing households to each other.
The Small Business Research Centre is growing an international reputation, based on an extensive portfolio of research and consultancy both in the UK and overseas. Its KAVERN project’s second phase focusses on entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector, and the activities that contribute to the creation of sustainable pathways to low carbon futures/society. In this phase, the project will help students, researchers, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policy makers understand the growth of low carbon/community renewable energy enterprises in the UK, the challenges they face, how to improve existing practices, and will seek to help entrepreneurs and communities to learn from each other.
Our doctoral students also engage with the research of CSR, sustainability and responsible management. For example two of our international PhD students are focusing their research on the conduct and impact of the CSR practices of the oil and mining industries in Africa; their published research will have theoretical, policy and management implications.