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Aberdeen Business School

Participant Status: Advanced

Type of Organization: Business School

Type of Education: Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of: Robert Gordon University



United Kingdom

Main Contact: TBC


Sign Up Date to PRME: 16 Feb 2011

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission: 21 Jul 2015

Update Report 2015 Aberdeen Business School, RGU, UK - View Report

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The following are illustrative examples of how we approach Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

• The second aim of our BA (Hons) Management is: “Promote accountability and the need for individuals to act ethically in the business environment” (The first aim is: “Facilitate the professional development of the student and enhance the foundations for a successful career in their chosen profession”.)
• Business Ethics is a core module in the curriculum on the majority of our Business Undergraduate courses.
• CSR, ethics and governance are also embedded in a number of our undergraduate modules including for example: CSR and Sustainability, Social and Cultural Marketing, Strategic Marketing Management, Ethics and Values and Public Policy, Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law, Sustainable Tourism Management
• Postgraduate Modules taken by a wide variety of students include: Energy Policy and the Environment, Oil and Gas Markets, Professional Ethics and Conduct, Business Finance and Practice, CSR and Business, Governance and Public Policy Making, Strategic Management, Research Methods.
• A key aim of our MBA programme is to equip graduates to: “exercise personal responsibility and to act autonomously and ethically in the professional environment”.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Some highlights of research activity include:

• In 2006, RGU was been awarded £75,000 by the European Social Fund to create an online resource to support companies implement Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices increasingly seen as an economic, environmental and human rights obligation.
• In 2007/08 Isabella Crawford was the Principal Investigator for an externally funded research project examining the CSR strategy for a major oil & gas company. This research revealed a gap between academic and public perceptions of CSR. It also introduced a new analytical model for testing the value of different CSR strategies against core criteria. Further research is planned to explore both of these further.
• In 2010, Ellina Ossiechuk Russell completed her PhD on the “CEO and Corporate Social Responsibility” (
• Professor Peter Strachan has teaching and research interests that cover theoretical and business aspects of the relationship between public policy and sustainable development, with particular reference to energy and the environment. From 2007, he has been a Committee Member and former Secretary of the British Academy of Management CSR Special Interest Group (SIG). 
• Through benefactor support a major (initial funding of £0.5million) multi-disciplinary research centre – The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Practice -has been established at Robert Gordon University which will bring together a broad range of cross-faculty academic expertise in Energy, Business, Architecture, and Social subjects from the Robert Gordon University.
• A major theme within our Research Institute is Governance and Society and encompasses: research in social capital, accounting, corporate control, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, public to private transactions and behavioural finance as well as international human rights and broader aspects of law.
• Dr Seonaidh MacDonald has as her primary research focus on environmental issues. This work stems from a background in waste management research, but has since broadened to address the problems of sustainability.
• We have carried out key pieces of research in Health and Safety for Oil and Gas UK and Opito (Oil and Gas Academy) (both lead industry bodies) in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spillage.

We very much see scope to build on this strong platform of engagement and accessing corporate funding for research through our interaction with business.

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