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Academic Conference Summary

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In September 2016, A Blueprint for Better Business organised 2 events to further understand the role of ‘purpose’ within business.

The Panel Discussion on ‘Purpose and Performance’ was attended by around 150 business professionals, whilst the Academic Conference on ‘Organisations with Purpose’ (held in conjunction with London Business School & the LBS Leadership Institute) was attended by around 50 leading academics.

Professor David Grayson from Cranfield School of Management was in attendance at both events, and has provided an account of his personal reflections. Read it here.

A summary of the papers presented at the Academic Conference can be downloaded here. 

 

For more leading thinking, read about our work with Academics and check out our other Research & Reports.
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Purpose and Performance – panel event

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Exploring the evidence & testing assumptions

Date & Time: Thursday 15th September 2016, 5.15pm to 7.30pm
Venue: K & L Gates, 1 New Change, London, EC4M 9AF

Is ‘purpose’ just a fad? What does the latest evidence say? To what extent does it drive business performance? How can a focus on purpose help reconnect business and society? Where does financial return sit in relation to purpose?

On the eve of a groundbreaking interdisciplinary academic conference at London Business School presenting the latest empirical research and testing underlying assumptions about people and purpose, this high level panel discussion will explore some key issues and what the latest evidence reveals.

Download the event flyer here.

Mission-led business review: response

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Blueprint for Better Business has submitted its response to the Cabinet Offices mission-led business review: call for evidence.

The Cabinet initiated the review because; “The traditional roles of civil society and business are changing for the better. The social sector is becoming more business-like and businesses are keen to demonstrate their social impact.”

Blueprint drew on its experience of working to support and challenge businesses to be clear about what their purpose is, respect the dignity of people, and serve the common good.

You can view our response here.

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Companies losing their moral compass, executive pay, and unhappy employees

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Charles Wookey was interviewed by Share Radio’s Nick Peters. Charles and Nick discussed what business success really means and whether businesses lost their moral compass.

Nick then discussed with Ben Chu, the Independent, about executive pay levels.

Share radio aims to provide the right kind of information to help listeners make informed financial decisions.

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Dame Barbara Stocking named Chair of Trustees

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Dame Barbara Stocking named Chair of Trustees for A Blueprint for Better Business

Barbara Stocking

Dame Barbara Stocking has been appointed as Chair of Trustees for independent charity, A Blueprint for Better Business.

Barbara was one of the charity’s founding trustees and her appointment comes as the charity, which was formed in 2014, looks to grow the footprint of Blueprint, which sets out to challenge and support businesses to operate to a purpose that serves society. Read More