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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.


CIPD seminar: New trends in leadership

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This seminar is in association with CIPD South Yorkshire Branch and the University of Sheffield Management School.

Date: 14 November 2012
5.30 to 7.30pm
Boardroom, ICOSS, Sheffield
To register: Please contact Kelly Walker: 0114 23433 or

About the seminar
Dr Ute Stephan at the Institute of Work Psychology at the Management School, will deliver this session, providing an overview of current trends in leadership including the evolving concepts of authentic, ethical and servant leadership as well as leading with meaning. The session will then look at the more strategic view on leadership and discuss what we can learn from leadership research on expert entrepreneurs as well as elaborating on the implications for leadership training and development. The session will be interactive and provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their experience.

For further information about CIPD visit

ESRC event: Walking the tightrope

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Management School is pleased to announce further success at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

Date: 8 November 2012
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: The Edge, The University of Sheffield, Endcliffe
To register: Click here to register your free place at the seminar

This one-day symposium explores how to create effective people, teams and organisations by drawing on the shared expertise and experience of a group of exceptional performers from the worlds of sport, medicine, specialist security and business.

Speakers include:

  • Andy McCann, Sam Brearey, Andy Halliday, – from the World of Elite Sport
  • Mark Stacey – Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS
  • Dr Paul Thomas – BBC Business Doctor, Leadership and Research Fellow in Complexity in Practice
  • Keri Jones – HR Advisor
  • Dr Ute Stephan – Expert in leadership from the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield
  • Neil Francombe and Steve Eaton – Specialist forces and firearms command

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at local and national businesses.

Further information

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival

Success at Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

A paper by Dr. Ute Stephan University of Sheffield Management School with Christian Hopp from the University of Vienna, has been published in the 2012 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. The Best Paper Proceedings is a publication for papers considered to be in the top 10% of those presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. This is one of the largest meetings of management scholars in the world and took place in early August in Boston, USA. The paper is entitled “The influence of socio-cultural environments on the performance of nascent entrepreneurs”. 


4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 12-14 September, 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The University of Sheffield Management School is proud to be involved in organising the 4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) to be held in Birmingham, UK from September 12-14, 2012. Each year ISIRC brings together the international academic community focusing on social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation. Confirmed speakers include Dennis Young (Georgia State University), Alex Nicholls (Oxford University), Graham Smith (University of Southampton), Pascal Dey (St Gallen University), Pete Alcock (University of Birmingham), Fergus Lyon (Middlesex University) and Roger Spear (the Open University).

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 20 April.  Please see the website for more details.

The conference organisers will be editing a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Management ( drawing upon papers from the conference. Other selected papers will be fast-tracked for publication in Social Enterprise Journal and the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

Dr Ute Stephan member of the Institute of Work Psychology and the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development, and director of the new MSc in Leadership is involved in ISIRC on behalf of the University of Sheffield Management School.