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Environmental and Energy Improvements – European funded collaborative project is thinking big for SMEs

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


Key international stakeholders in a University of Sheffield managed team met in January 2014 and kick-started a ground-breaking new project which aims to help Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) deliver both environmental and cost improvements.The European consortium’s initial talks laid foundations for the implementation of a project, EU LLP PrESS (SCEnAT). SCEnAT (Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool) has been developed by Professor Lenny Koh, project Principal Investigator and Leader of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at Sheffield University Management School.

This project will further develop Professor Koh’s SCEnAT tool, which already helps SMEs understand their environmental impact, so that it can deliver carbon emission reductions and real cost reductions.

The consortium comprises four academic members, the University of Sheffield, the University of Lodz (Poland), the University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy) and the South East European Research Centre (SEERC – Greece), working in partnership with four private sector trade organisations from their respective regions. The University of Sheffield’s partner is Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). The collaborative project’s objective is to help SMEs improve their environmental footprint and drive commercial benefits in this internationally competitive world.

Professor Lenny Koh, who is also Associate Dean for Alumni at Sheffield University Management School, said: “We believe that CEES has developed an excellent and simple tool [SCEnAT] which any SME can use to understand its carbon footprint. However, we recognise that most businesses will require help in not only implementing the tool, but also carrying out the beneficial projects that it will identify.

“The European funding gives us a great opportunity to work with three partner universities across Europe to assess SCEnAT’s wider applicability, and to commercialise the tool, making it a real benefit to businesses.”

Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, added: “SMEs represent the backbone of our economy. We need them to grow and be sustainable economically and environmentally if we are going to deliver a successful future.

“However, it is probably more difficult for SMEs to evaluate the options and implement improvements because they have finite resources, and environmental skills are not always a core capability. For instance, rising energy costs are putting significant strains on many businesses – but the time and skills required to optimise the unit cost do not usually reside within the organisation. SCEnAT and its forthcoming development are designed to tackle that issue.”

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This project is funded with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. This press release reflects on the author’s view and the Agency and Commission are not responsible for any use that made be made of the information it contains.

Management School PGR students blossom at White Rose Doctoral Conference

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Sheffield University Management School students are off to a very strong start in the first of three White Rose DTC Business and Management Doctoral Conferences, held on 2-3 July at Leeds University Business School.

Sam Farley receiving his prize

Sam Farley receiving his prize

It is the first time that a conference has been organised for all Post Graduate Research (PGR) students across the White Rose institutions of Sheffield, Leeds and York. The event proved to be an excellent opportunity to foster networking and academic discussion for our PGR students and their supervisors who attended, along with similar contingents from the business and management schools of Leeds and York.

Our PGR students in the fields of management and from the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) produced excellent posters and paper presentations, contributed confidently to discussions and won three of four available prizes, presented at the end of the conference.

Congratulations go out to Richard Bruce who scooped the prize for best paper presentation, while Sam Farley and Loice Natukunda were joint runners up for best poster.

Head of the IWP, John Arnold, delivered a fascinating and well-attended key note session on the subject of researchers and career management.

The conference represented the first of its kind under the remit of the ESRC White Rose DTC for Social Sciences, with the objective of enhancing student training and fostering networks across the three prestigious Yorkshire institutions.

The annual conference will take place in York next year, and at Sheffield University Management School in 2015. We look forward to building on the success of the first event.


The White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2011, is a collaboration across the social science faculties at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

How to drive social change? Best practices for business leaders and social enterprises

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

How to drive social change? Best practices for business leaders and social enterprises

Research by academics at the University of Sheffield Management breaks new ground by developing an evidence-based framework to understand how organisations can drive positive social change.

 ute_driven_social-ChangeThe team including Dr Ute Stephan, Dr Malcolm Patterson and Ciara Kelley synthesized 20 years of research published across multiple academic disciplines and including practitioner research. They developed a report as a handbook for organisations, which details specific actions organisations can take to successfully create behaviour change.

 Ute Stephan the lead author of the report says “We highlight 19 mechanisms of behaviour change, showcase different change strategies, and how change projects should be managed. Because our report is based on a systematic review of evidence it includes mechanism and strategies that are known to work. Organisations can use it to develop new strategies or benchmark their current efforts, for instance to pinpoint barriers to delivering social impact.” Although primarily written from the perspective of businesses and social enterprises, the authors believe that non-profits and public sector organisations will also find it useful to consult the social change framework.

The research benefited greatly from its international advisors including Professor Johanna Mair (Stanford University and Hertie School of Governance), Rob Briner (University of Bath), Jo Rick (Manchester University) and managers from Canadian industry leaders. The research could not have been produced without the financial and intellectual assistance of the Network for Business Sustainability (

Interested to learn more?

  • Visit the project website [ust1]
  • Read the report: Stephan, U., Patterson, M. & Kelly, C. (2013). Business-driven social change: A systematic review of the evidence. Network for Business Sustainability. download[US2]
  • Hear Ute Stephan talk through the main findings in a webinar for practitioners (Wednesday, April 10 at 6pm (UK, 1pm EST) or Tuesday, April 16 at 5pm (UK, 12pm EST)).
    Register here:

Click here for a recording of the webinar.


Advisory Board Members

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Management School is guided by consultation with an Advisory Board whose members are appointed for a period of three years.  We are now pleased to share with you an updated list of the Board’s members:

External members:

Internal members:

You can read more about the Board at:

NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship – Planning for floods and droughts

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Tina McGuinness commences a 2 year NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship with the Environment Agency, ‘Planning for floods and droughts in the face of climate change – a continuum approach’. This fellowship will adopt an integrated approach to managing floods and droughts in the context of a changing climate, including physical measures to manage extremes as well human responses. She’ll be working with the Environment Agency 2 days per week during the period of the fellowship.

BIG Energy Upgrade launched procurement and supply chain report at the Green Deal Value Chain event

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Richard Mellish, Head of the Green Deal Programme at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) addressed the BIG Energy Upgrade Green Deal Value Chain event at The University of Sheffield on Tuesday 18 September 2012. The event celebrated the contribution of the BIG Energy Upgrade to the national Green Deal and looked at future implications for homes and businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Mellish joined policy makers, representatives from local authorities, green deal providers, academics from the University of Sheffield and a panel of the UK’s biggest energy providers to discuss how to maximise the benefits that the Green Deal could provide to the region.

The BIG Energy Upgrade: Procurement and supply chain report – Green Deal and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Supply Chains Delivery – was launched at the Green Deal Value Chain event and a copy of that report can now be downloaded.

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Workshop by Prof. Lenny Koh in Thessaloniki

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College in Thessaloniki, Greece organised a successful workshop regarding “Green development in businesses’ supply chains” on the initiative of Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at the Management School.

The event took place on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 at the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industries Conference Hall. Within the thematic framework, Professor Koh presented the ‘SCEnAT- Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool’ to representatives of Greek companies and organizations. The methodology and functionality of the tool were explained in greater detail by Dr. Andrea Genovese, Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, who also gave some illustrative work example for the practical implementation of SCEnAT.

The event was organized in cooperation with the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI) and the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (F.I.N.G). Both Mr. Emmanuel Vlahogiannis, the Vice-President of TCCI, and Mr. Athanasios Savvakis, the Secretary General of FING, pointed in their speeches to the critical economic environment for Greek businesses and emphasized the necessity for political support of the private sector to overcome the current crisis. All speakers of the event, including also Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis, Vice-Principal of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College, and Mr. Andreas Baresel-Bofinger, Lecturer at CITY College, welcomed the availability of such tools as SCEnAT resulting from applied science in order to make enterprises more sustainable and stressed the importance of bridging the gap between academia and business with such initiatives. Green development, as it was emphasized, should not be considered any longer just an option but a necessity for enterprises for future competitiveness. Times of crisis may serve as an opportunity to rethink strategic objectives.

In two lively question & answer sessions the tool and its implementation were further discussed.

This innovative, cloud-based decision support tool for reducing the carbon footprint of a company’s supply chain has been developed in close collaboration with industry partners comprising large multinational organsiations, including prestigious names, such as Rolls Royce, as well as local SMEs. SCEnAT ( ) is the result of a research project undertaken by the University of Sheffield in partnership with the University of Hull and the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, funded by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF). An inter-disciplinary team of academics from several disciplines (including Supply Chain Management, Environmental Science, Social Sciences) is ensuring the continuous enhancement of SCEnAT. The team is led by Professor Lenny Koh.

In Greece green innovation in supply chain management is increasingly being recognised as a major factor in today’s business environment, although development and implementation are progressing at a relatively slow pace. The workshop provided the audience with knowledge on an excellent practical tool to measure, evaluate and finally reduce the environmental impacts of their supply chains. The workshop also aimed at contributing to executives’ understanding the importance of green innovation in their efforts to become more modern and innovative companies able to better compete in international markets.

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Hidden cyberbullying is as common as conventional counterpart in the workplace

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Cyberbullying through e-mail, text and web posts is as common in the workplace as conventional bullying but even more difficult to uncover, research by experts from the University of Sheffield has revealed.

Occupational psychologists Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley of the University of Sheffield, together with Dr Iain Coyne of the University of Nottingham, turned the focus of their investigation onto cyberbullying of adult workers, instead of younger people in schools, for which more research has taken place.

The results of their research was revealed at a seminar during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual Festival of Social Science at an event in the Showroom Workstation, Paternoster Row, on Wednesday 7 November 2012 from 5pm until 8pm.

The team will also make suggestions on how employers should tackle and prevent cyberbullying in the workplace. Researchers believe that cyberbullying will become more important as communication technologies continue to evolve and become more widespread.

The study included three separate surveys among employees in several UK universities, asking people about their experiences of cyberbullying in the workplace.

Survey respondents were given a list of what can be classed as bullying, such as being humiliated, ignored or gossiped about, and were asked if they had faced such behaviour online and how often.

Of the 320 people who responded to the survey, around eight out of ten had experienced one of the listed cyberbullying behaviours on at least one occasion in the previous six months.

The results also showed 14 to 20 per cent experienced them at least once a week – a similar rate to conventional bullying. The research team also examined the impact of cyberbullying on workers’ mental strain and wellbeing.

“Our research showed that cyberbullying has a stronger negative impact on employee mental strain and job satisfaction than traditional, face to face bullying does,” said Dr Axtell.

The research team also found that the impact of witnessing cyberbullying was different than that seen for conventional bullying.

“In more traditional, face to face bullying, seeing someone else being bullied also has a negative impact on the wellbeing of the witness,” said Dr. Sprigg. “However, we didn’t find the same negative effect for those who said they had witnessed others being cyberbullied.

“This might be because we are less aware of other people’s reactions online, and so the witnesses might not empathise so much with the victims.  This could potentially mean that they are less likely to intervene,” Dr Axtell added.

The results of the research, which was partly funded by Sheffield University Management School, will be presented at a seminar to business representatives. “We believe our research will likely have implications for the way that employers formulate policies and guidelines relating to cyberbullying, and the seminar will be an opportunity for us to discuss our findings and learn about the experiences of other employers,” Dr Coyne said.

The research has attracted widespread press coverage including the Daily Mail, French Tribune and the newsworks website.

Alumnus Richard Bruce tackles top 50 manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire

Friday, November 9th, 2012

In this year’s analysis of the 50 top performing manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire,  Management School alumnus and Advanced Visiting Fellow Richard Bruce,  reveals that the two top performers remain in the same positions as last year, but for the remaining 48 there have been a lot of changes.

To qualify for inclusion in the table the company must be an active manufacturer in the Region, and its registered office (RO) must be in South Yorkshire.

The University of Sheffield continues its support for the development of the region’s advanced manufacturing expertise, as plans for the state-of-the-art Training Centre at the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), have been approved by Rotherham Council. The centre will provide training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally.  Its focus will be on 250 young people training as apprentices each year, with as many as 400 on site once the programme is fully underway.

You can download the article and the top 50 table from the Sheffield Star’s business section from Wednesday 24th October here.

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University of Sheffield Management School experts address key workplace issues.

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

A one-day event ‘Good Work for Good Health’  hosted at Electric Works in Sheffield  on Wednesday 17th October of set out to explore some of the critical issues in health and wellbeing in the 21st Century workplace.

Dr. Christine Sprigg, Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, spoke on the topic ‘Interventions to reduce the Health Impact of Workplace Bullying: Where do we go from here?’  While there is limited research in the area, research evidence leaves little doubt that those who see themselves as being targets of workplace bullying report detriments to their psychological health.

While there is  limited academic evaluation of the effectiveness of workplace interventions on bullying Dr Sprigg suggested that it may be time to consider a more novel way of tackling this issue.  This could include protecting employees from the harmful impact of bullying on their health by boosting personal self esteem and optimism, rather than using policies and staff training to highlight what bullying behaviours are.  The audience were also encouraged to get involved with current research on cyber bullying.  Find out more about this research at:

A seminar on this topic will be held at the University of Sheffield on 7 November  as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.  The seminar is free of charge.  You can register here

Dr Pauline Dibben Reader in Employment Relations was invited to run a seminar on ‘Job security, disability and return to work: controversies, costs and equity’. The session was very well attended, and stimulated lively group discussion. Some key themes included: the lack of attention to disability in research on job security; the need to manage absence effectively through drawing on 6 points of good practice; and the challenges of measuring the cost effectiveness of interventions for return to work. Dr Dibben also encouraged participants, who held various positions within the NHS, the voluntary sector and private sector, to continue discussions after the event in order to take forward positive initiatives.

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