Details for Portsmouth Business School

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

University of Portmsouth


Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom


Sign Up Date to PRME

23 Feb 2011

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

15 Nov 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2018)

2018 SIP Report - View Report

Sharing Information on Progress (2015)

Portsmouth Business School Communication on Progress Report - View Report

Sharing Information on Progress (2013)

PRME Report No.1: March 2013 - View Report

This is the first SIP from the University of Portsmouth Business School, since it joined PRME in February March of 2011. The report identifies the fact real progress has been made in a range of areas and activities, appropriate to PRME

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Achievements to date:
•Within the postgraduate curriculum:
Dept of Accounting & Finance currently undertakes the following within its programmes:
Provides a unit (module) on Corporate Integrity and Management Control (this includes Ethics) on its MSc Forensic Accounting (Campus) and (DL) also delivered as part of MSc Risk Management
On the programmes – MSc Finance and MSc Financial Decision Analysis, there is a new option unit (module) from 2010/2011,entitled - Sustainable/Socially Responsible Investment (Incorporates the twin themes of CSR and Sustainability).
Dept. Strategy & Business Systems.
On the AMBA accredited MBA programme, there are the following units:
1.Managing Future Developments unit – The role of Ethics, the Voluntary and the ‘Not for Profit’ sectors all have a key place.
2.Management Fundamentals unit – CSR is used as an integrating process and a focus for the organisation of the unit.
3.Strategic Management and Master Classes unit – Sustainability and Environmental Strategy is a substantial component of this unit.
4.The Business Consultancy & Innovation unit, where student works in teams on projects for local clients, which includes, – charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations, along side business and public sector organisations.
School of Law (within the Business School)
On the LLM/MA suite of programmes there is the unit (module) – Global Corporate Responsibility / International Law, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility. (This unit is also available to MBA students)

•Within the undergraduate curriculum:
Dept of Accounting & Finance currently undertakes the following within its programmes:
The issue of sustainability is included (via Environmental Accounting) as part of core Level 3 units (modules) in Advanced Financial Reporting and Accounting for Strategic Management and Control.
The issue of CSR is also critically evaluated within the unit Advanced Financial Reporting (in terms of Corporate Social Reporting).
Level 3 students also have a 10 credit option work based learning unit in which students can apply the accounting and fiance skills they have developed, through applied learning via, e.g. working for charities, social enterprises and other voluntary organisations.
Level 2 students have the option of undertaking a unit entitled Business Financial Crime, which explores themes including Corporate Fraud, Business Ethics.
Dept. Human Resource& Marketing Management currently providing for - Business Ethics & Ethics in Marketing delivered as Level 3 units.
Dept. Strategy & Business Systems. At Level 2 of the Business Enterprise Degree, at Level 2 units are offered on Public & Social Entrepreneurship and enable experiential learning to be undertaken in the context of charities and social enterprises.

• Within the University of Portsmouth Business School(PBS) i.e. from a faculty perspective
The University of Portsmouth Business School(PBS) has been a member of Business in the Community(BitC) since 2007 and as a result is active in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It looks to encourage its students and staff to engage with the community, in projects that benefit the local communities, as well as providing both a learning and personal development opportunity for them. In a number of cases, this means working collaboratively with ‘like minded’ business and public service organisations.
1.2009 BitC National Give & Gain Day – Construction of a ‘reading garden’ to encourage literacy skills. at a Primary School and then again in 2010 when the theme was ‘Healthy Living’ and was delivered at a Junior School in the most deprived ward in Portsmouth..
2.A PBS student on placement with BitC, from Level 2 of BA International Studies, organised an international Bazaar, (involving fellow international students from PBS & UoP) at Mayfield School as part of the school’s Global Citizenship day.
The project has received good/supportive publicity and exposure at:
UoP site:,110667,en.html
It also appears on the BitC site:
and in the new Hampshire Chamber of Commerce magazine:

Through its membership of BitC, PBS is also a member of ‘CSR Europe’, which is a network of companies and organisations working together to integrate CSR into business strategy and practice.

Planning to achieve:

•UPBS is currently undertaking a review of all its undergraduate and post-graduate provision, with a target launch date of October 2012.

As part of that review programmes will take the opportunity to review the extent to which - CSR, Ethics and sustainability-as a theme and an issue can be embedded within the core curriculum, while retaining specialist options, where appropriate. This will be explored in both the context of taught units and in units adopting an experiential learning based approach..
By way of illustration
Dept of Accounting & Finance is currently planning for the following:
The 10 credit option unit ‘Working for Charities’ to be extended to a 20 credit unit..
A new Level 2 unit that will have a clearer emphasis on ethics within its syllabus and is also considering
An introduction to ethics via a new Level 1 unit.
Dept. Human Resource& Marketing Management
Ethical issues will be included in a new unit being designed for the MBA programme.

• Development of an executive training programme, where the themes of CSR, Ethics and Sustainability will be guiding principles of delivery as well as content.

• Continue membership of BitC with a view to enabling both students and staff to participate in community engagement activities,- as ‘service-learning’ opportunities for students and as educational and development events for staff, based on CSR in action.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Achievements to date:
Dept of Accounting & Finance.
Accounting & Finance Group
1.Corporate Governance of Third Sector – ESRC application (pending submission).
2.Governance of Third Sector Entities – Paper prepared for - European Corporate Governance Conference, Brussels, Dec 6th and 7th, 2010
3.Page, M. and Spira, L.F., (2005). 'Ethical codes, independence and the conservation of ambiguity'. Business Ethics: A European Review, 14 (3):301-316.
4.Tonge, R. and Willett, C. (2011) An audit learning experience: A pilot project through cooperation with a third sector organisation. Journal of Accounting Education – An International Journal (Special Edition), - accepted for publication.
Management Accounting Research Group
1.'Increasing the efficiency of the Food Cool Supply Chain: an interdisciplinary approach' - ERSC bid submission, (result pending).

Dept. of Economics.
Centre for the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources (CEMARE).
This is a specialised research centre within the Dept. of Economics. Originally established in the 1960s, it now caters for a range of specialisms within the broad area of the management of aquatic resources. The centre has active collaborative links at national and international level with a wide range of government, inter-government and non-governmental agencies.
The last UK wide Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), rated CEMARE as ‘of world class standard’ with evidence of world-leading esteem in consultancy.
Current Projects (Illustrations):
Management and monitoring of deep-sea fisheries and stocks (Sponsor; European Commission.)
Understanding the mechanisms of stock recovery. (Sponsor: European Commission.)
Further examples can be found at:
Refereed Articles (illustrations)
Asche, F., Bjorndal, T. & Gordon, D.V. (2009) Resource rent in individual quota fisheries. Land Economics, 85(2), 279 -291.
Hatcher, A. (2009) A note on relative violation arguments in expected penalty functions for permit non-compliance, Applied Economics Letters 16(4), 421-423.
Whitmarsh, D. and Palmieri, M.G. (2009) Social acceptability of marine aquaculture: the use of survey-based methods for eliciting public and stakeholder preferences Marine Policy 33(3) 452 - 457.
Numerous further examples can be found at :
The department has a staff seminar programme which has recently included:
7th., October, 2010, Mitrokostas, E., Certification of corporate social responsibility activities in oligopolistic markets.
12th., November 2009, Hunt, L (Uni. of Surrey), Energy demand and energy efficiency in the OECD countries, a stochastic demand frontier approach.
7th. May, 2009, Innes, J. (CEMARE, PhD candidate), Cost effectiveness of Bycatch and Environmental Damage Reduction Methods.

Dept. of Strategy and Business Systems.
Centre for Enterprise Research and Innovation (CERI)
Undertakes inter-disciplinary research for a broad spectrum of organisations, in sectors such as – manufacturing, defence, health care retail, local and voluntary.
Further information can be found at:
In addition CERI provides an on-going series of ‘Hot Topic’ seminars for the business, public service and third sector. Examples of topics provided relevant to PRME include:
• Due Diligence – how much is your business worth ? 18th., June, 2010.
• Ethical Marketing – Friend or Foe, - 24th. March, 2010 .
• Business Ethics: their impact on Recession in the South.- 25th., November, 2009.
• How to measure your company’s carbon footprint. – 19th., November, 2008
Further examples can be found at:
In addition to which staff within the Dept. of Strategy & Business Systems are::
• On the Editorial Board of the : Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Journal (Dr. Cheryl Rodgers)
Academic research publications and conference papers:
Rodgers, C.(2010), Sustainable Entrepreneurship in SMEs: A Case Study Analysis, in The Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Volume 17, Issue 3, Pages 125 -132. Special Issue: Responsible Leadership.
Awarded best Conference Paper at Corporate Responsibility Research Conference 2009 – ‘Responsible Leadership’, University of Vaasa, Finland, 7th,- 9th., September.

School of Law
Bachmann, S
Current Research Projects - Corporate Responsibility for gross Human Rights Violations : the need for an universal civil accountability regime, International Criminal Law and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), "Civil Responsibility for acts of terrorism and present private legal actions against aiding and abetting international terrorism"
Civil Responsibility for Gross Human Rights Violations - The Need for a Global Instrument, (Monograph published by Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (Winner of the 2006 Institutional UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education) (February 2008).
Refereed Publications:
(2010), "Civil Lawsuit against Corporate and Non-state Aiders and Abettors of International Terrorism as an evolving notion under international Law" in Private Law: Rights, Duties & Concepts, Kierkegaard (ed), IALTS (2009) "Human Rights and Global Business: the evolving notion of corporate civil responsibility", 1 Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy (2009) (launch edition, May 2010) - nominated for the Neil Rackham prize of PBS as best paper 2009.

University of Portsmouth Business School – PhD./ DBA - Research Students.
There are currently 104 registered students and PRME areas are represented within the titles of the research programmes;
• Exploring the measuring of social impact at SCA community services (PhD).
• Corporate Social Responsibility (PhD).
• Sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture.
• Climate change, energy security and cost benefit considerations: Implications on Israeli buildings energy efficiency implementation (PhD).
• Evaluating business risk in renewable energy projects (DBA).
• SME Case for Sustainable Development through CSR activities in Africa (DBA)

Planning to achieve:
1. Continued growth in PhD/DBA student numbers in general and those undertaking PRME related research programmes as pat of that growth.

2.Embedding of PRME principles within the UoPBS Research Centres, Groups and processes for supporting research activity within taught programmes.

3. Continue developments in the area of knowledge sharing and exchange with organisations and their leaders in business, public service and third sectors.

4. PRME Strand within the PBS Annual Research Conference.

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