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Unique programme to help organisations develop in-house sustainability expertise from The University of Sheffield Management School and C02Sense

Monday, February 11th, 2013

A pioneering new course is being launched by The University of Sheffield Management School in partnership with the low-carbon expert consultancy, CO2Sense, and supported by 2degress, an active sustainable business community that helps businesses and professionals find practical solutions and address their sustainable business challenges.

Starting in March 2013, The Sustainability Leadership Programme will be the first course of its kind to provide a strategic understanding of sustainability through six months of project-based learning where students work on the real-life issues affecting their business. Designed exclusively for executive directors, the programme shows how they can embed sustainability across their entire company in order to achieve long-term success and profitability.

Delegates will also receive expert consultancy support from CO2Sense, who will visit their business and help them to apply knowledge gained from the course into practice. It is expected that participants  will identify a minimum of £5k extra value within their company through the project and will reduce the need for external consultants.

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at The University of Sheffield Management School, said:

“Sustainability is key to any business looking to improve their efficiency and performance and to face the challenges of today’s business environment. At Sheffield Management School we strive to develop and deploy innovative ways to advance the understanding of energy, environment and sustainability as we recognise that businesses need senior managers and leaders with these skills.   This unique project-based learning course is specifically designed for senior managers.  The programme equips them  in dealing with the environmental issues they are facing and helps them to become a sustainable and successful business.”

The course has been designed to complement busy schedules with just one day each month dedicated to classroom-based learning. The six lectures will feature presentations from internationally recognised business leaders and academics.. These sessions will explore the main issues around sustainability such as global supply chain issues, employee engagement and planning for severe weather events.

Dr Stephen Brown, director of partnerships and innovation at CO2Sense, says:

“No business can afford to ignore the sustainability agenda. Issues such as diminishing natural resources and energy supply are affecting how we all do business and pose a multitude of risks to long-term operations.  Consequently, we need to adopt  smarter and more innovative ways of working and business leaders are increasingly recognising the role of sustainability as a key driver new forms of value in their business success.

“Demand for senior business leaders who have the skills to navigate this new business environment is high. This course will provide a high-level understanding of sustainability, which in turn will put attendees ahead of their peers and by building in-house skills, companies will reduce the need for external consultants.

“Unlike most high-level courses in sustainability, our programme is project based and means that companies experience the financial benefits of attending the course with almost immediate effect.”

The six month programme costs £2750+VAT. For more information please  email or visit

Notes to Editors

The Sustainability Leadership Programme is the result of a unique partnership between The University of Sheffield Management School and the low carbon consultancy CO2Sense.

The Sustainability Leadership Programme is aimed at executive directors and senior-managers looking to develop their expertise in this field and prepare their business against new environmental and economical challenges. The course is suitable for companies across all sectors.

Please click here to view the course structure and modules.

About CO2Sense

CO2Sense is the not-for-profit low-carbon expert company that helps organisations to cut their costs and to improve their environmental performance.

We help organisations to find real cost savings by developing low-carbon strategies, which give no-nonsense, clear direction to reduce energy and water use, to produce less waste and to use fewer raw materials.

We help organisations to generate both free energy and an income by developing renewable electricity and heating installations. Because we’re not trying to sell a particular type of renewable energy, we make sure that organisations install the technologies that will deliver the best possible return for their investment.

We help companies that sell environmental products to develop their business. We find new markets for their products, and we help them to get the right product accreditation to make sure that their customers can buy from them with confidence.

We can also help organisations to get capital investment to help with the costs of installing new renewable energy and other low-carbon installations.

We work with some of the UK’s largest companies to develop new ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. For example, we are working with businesses and with government to encourage the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) network in Yorkshire.

About The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.

Professor Keith Glaister discusses ‘Corporate Marriages’ in the Financial Times

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Dean of the Management School Professor Keith Glaister discusses the characteristics of successful, and unsuccessful, business partnerships over recent years in Andrew Hill’s business blog, article ‘Corporate marriages often end in divorce,’ The Financial Times, 25th July 2011.

The article examines business relations such as the once “comprehensive partnership” between Volkswagen and Suzuki in 2009, and the once described “excellent relationship” between Abilio Diniz, the Brazilian supermarket tycoon and the French retailer Casino in 2005. Both reported to have shown signs of growing tensions in recent months. The article does, however, credit the latter: “At least the Casino-Diniz alliance, struck in 1999 and now at an uneasy standoff, has lasted longer than the rough average of four to seven years for such deals.”

Using the matrimonial analogy to highlight the characteristics of a business partnership, the article suggests “Like marriages, business alliances involve people. People can be trusting, optimistic and tolerant, but also weak, overbearing and devious.” Dean of the Management School Professor Keith Glaister adds: “It is hard to know how many partnerships are struck annually, let alone how many endure. Unlike full bids, there is no official record. The long-standing assumption, though, is that between half and two-thirds fail.”

Despite the failures, the article goes on to acknowledge the growing popularity of business partnerships and collaborations and suggests ” Companies had better get better at partnerships – or find ways of insuring themselves against their most common flaws,” and continues to suggest advice on combating these ‘common flaws.’ Professor Keith Glaister cites a joint venture struck in the 1990s between Yoplait of France and the UK’s Dairy Crest: “Reciprocal invitations to the Wimbledon tennis tournament and the French countryside for the lead executives put the cream on top of that successful deal.” Further suggestions to endure a successful a business partnership include “Legal agreements” mirroring the marital prenuptial, learning from past relationships and paying attention to what we know already know about potential partners.

The full article can be viewed at:

6th CITY – Sheffield Business Challenge 2008

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The 6th CITY – Sheffield Business Challenge competition took place on the 16th June in Thessaloniki. The competition pitches teams against each other asking them to identify a business idea and to turn it into a detailed, analysed and justified business proposition. The teams present their business proposition to a panel of judges and answer questions from the other teams and judges.

It was another fabulous competition between the two partners with the addition of a new competing team from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University from the FYR of Macedonia. The competition was held for the first time in the grand hall of the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce.

This year our competing team of Cara Hyde, Duncan Godding, and Lora Middlemass (pictured) presented a sales and marketing consortium that was designed to represent and sell English wine on the continent and particularly to France. It was an ambitious concept – some of the judges described it as ‘brave’ but the team carried off the proposition to great effect and did an excellent presentation of the idea with a great advertisement they had made to persuade the French to buy English wine. In a narrowly contested decision the judging panel awarded this year’s competition prize to City who had developed a mobile hotel concept, with Sheffield coming second out of the three competing teams. Dr. Luke Pittaway the academic adviser to the Sheffield team said: “I was delighted with our team, we didn’t win, but the presentation was outstanding, by far the strongest in my view and the team had come up with a really innovative and ambitious concept that was really challenging conventional thinking”.


Winner of the Rolls-Royce Academic Award of Excellence 2008 Announced

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Friday, 23 May 2008 – Rolls-Royce’s Director of Global Physical Logistics Professor Ian Shellard announced the winner of the MGT228 Principles of Operations Management: A Rolls-Royce Sponsored Module’s Rolls-Royce Academic Award of Excellence in the executive suite 123.1 at the Management School.

The winning team was:Project Role: Rolls Royce Board - B

  • Edward Harpham
  • Andrew Hopkins
  • Daniel Calland
  • Daniel Thomas

This winning team role-played the Rolls-Royce Board and produced an innovative ten year plan for the company. Prof. Shellard said: “This year the competition is very tough and we managed to short list the top three teams for the prize. The winner team outperformed the others with a very innovative plan and their ability to handle executive questions and evidence of their background research”. Professor SC Lenny Koh, Module Leader of MGT228 announced the winner of the runner up team and said: “It is not an easy decision this year because there are so many potential good work by the students, the runner up excelled in their executive presentation and a coherent plan”.

The Runner up team was:

  • Alison Chen
  • Emma Daley
  • Hannah Dobbins
  • Charlotte Goodbody
  • Nicola Murr

Project Role: Competitor: GE

On Friday 23 May 2008, students gave an executive presentation to a judging panel involving the Director of Global Physical Logistics from Rolls-Royce – Professor Ian Shellard, Technologist from Rolls-Royce – Matthew Curren, Module Leader of MGT228 and Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Group at Sheffield – Professor SC Lenny Koh, and Tutor of MGT228 and Consultant – John Wright. This is a very high standard executive presentation and it is part of the assessment in this module. Students were asked to role-play various companies including Rolls-Royce Board, General Electric Board, Boeing Board and Airbus Board. They were asked to propose a ten year plan for their role, which integrates issues such as logistics, supply chain, operations, marketing, quality, strategy, collaboration and industry. The executive presentation summaries their ten year plan, which are documented in their report. Negotiation, team working, executive presentation, project management, analytical and leadership skills are part of the transferable skills students will learn from this innovative challenge.

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