The University of Stirling Management School is proud sponsor of the annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards. The awards aim to encourage the efficient use of resources, enhance the competitiveness of businesses, improve environmental performance and support the wider goals of sustainable development including social benefits through community and staff involvement. The Management School sponsors the SME Management category at the Awards, recognising SMEs with the strategic vision and management systems that enable them to continuously improve their contribution to Scotland’s sustainable development. Members of SMS have been closely working with small and medium enterprises that uniquely manage sustainable value creation in their business models. The winner of this award in the 2018 VIBES was Hickory who are a catering events company based in Musselburgh.
Both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, our students take the opportunity to undertake research in the intersection of business and sustainability.
Examples of projects that students undertook in 2018 include:
Examples of consultancy projects that students undertook in 2018 include
A new project aimed at understanding and reducing food waste among students living in communal housing started in October. It is funded by the government related agency Zero Waste Scotland. A key focus of Zero Waste Scotland is to help Scotland reach its food waste reduction target of 33% by 2025. Main researchers: Dr Craig Anderson (Economics) and Professor Ronald McQuaid (MWO) plus a colleague at Dundee University.
Dr Darren McGuire and Dr Lila Skountridaki (MWO) were two of five winners of the 2018 PRME UK & Ireland Chapter Research Seed Funding Competition (a UN Global Compact initiative). Darren's proposal was entitled 'Exposing modern slavery policy-makers to management theory'. The study will review theory in management studies plus cognate areas, with the aim of providing a context for engagement with policy-makers working on human trafficking and forced labour. Lila's proposal was entitled 'Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education Institution degrees accredited by Professional Associations'. The study will focus on the case of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) in the UK. Reports of the studies will be published in late 2019.