Transforming Business is a multi-disciplinary research and development project based in an ancient yet ever-new centre for excellence that is famous for many things, including its innovative and world-changing ideas, research and entrepreneurship.
Surrounding the project is a growing network of business ethicists, economists, practitioners, consultants, psychologists, educators and opinion formers in research institutions and companies around the world.
They are united in their passion to integrate their faith with their knowledge and skills to address the most pressing social, economic, and moral challenge of our time: the elimination of poverty within the constraints of finite natural resources.
Co-ordinated by Dr Peter Heslam and Dr Flint McGlaughlin, the network has the benefit of a number of distinguished patrons and advisers, some of whom are listed below.
Together with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, Transforming Business launched Belief in Enterprise, an exciting research and outreach initiative. Its Principal Investigators (directors) are Dr Peter Heslam and Dr Eric Wood and its initial data collection was assisted by a Research Coordinator, Dr Carol Christopher, a Research Associate, Rebecca Shah and a number of Case Study Researchers. This world class team of researchers represents a powerful mix of entrepreneurial and academic expertise.
In partnership with the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College, Melbourne, it founded the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at the University of Oxford. This project has now reached its successful completion (as noted on our homepage).
Our research focus on the positive potential of entrepreneurial business worldwide has held over several years the interest of the Centre for Rising Powers (CRP) at the University of Cambridge. Together with the CRP we have recently founded Faith and Markets, which takes forward some of our work at the interface between business, Christianity and development. A brief overview of this cutting-edge research and development project can be found here.
Together with the Kirby Laing Institute, Transforming Business has set up a doctoral award in business and economics. The current award holders are Kevin Hargaden, Peter Hinton, and Mark Sampson.
Principal Research Questions
These are some of the questions we seek to address:
- How does the convergence of Christian faith and enterprise help tackle poverty?
- How do Christian business leaders understand their vocation and how can they inspire and equip those considering a call to business?
- What would a theology of entrepreneurship look like and what practical value would it have?
- How does Christian belief and practice foster innovation, integrity, responsible risk-taking and entrepreneurial aspirations, especially amongst young people?
The current global entrepreneurial revolution and rapid rise of Christianity ensure that these questions are of crucial importance to the future of the planet and its people.
Patrons and Advisers
Project patrons and advisers include:
Helen Alford, OP (Pontifical University, Rome)
Ben Andradi (CEO, Servista)
Prof Alan Barrell (Cambridge entrepreneur and business academic)
Matthew Bishop (The Economist)
Prof Philip Booth (Institute of Economic Affairs)
Dr Stephen Copp (Institute of Business and Law, Bournemouth University)
Dr Catherine Cowley (Heythrop College, London University)
Antony Farr (Allan Gray Orbis Foundation)
Prof Ram Gidoomal CBE (CEO, Syntel, Chairman of Traidcraft)
Dr Alan Gillespie (Chair, ESRC)
Lord Stephen Green (House of Lords, former Chairman, HSBC)
Lord Brian Griffiths (Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs)
Prof Prabhu Guptara (UBS-Wolfsberg)
Lord Prof Richard Harries (King's College, London University)
Prof Sir John Houghton (Chair, Victoria Institute)
Prof David Jackman (London Financial Academy)
Prof Peter Johnson (Durham University)
Prof Graeme Leach (Legatum Institute)
Prof Jack Mahoney, SJ (London University)
Prof Theodore Roosevelt Malloch (Oxford)
Clive Mather (Shell, Tearfund)
Mark McAllister (CEO, Fairfield Energy)
Prof David Miller (Princeton)
Charles Miller Smith (former Chairman, Scottish Power)
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart (Chairman, Hermes)
Prof Geoff Moore (Durham Business School)
Sir Jeremy Morse (former Chairman, Lloyds)
Dr Peter Murray (Hull University Business School)
Prof Michael Naughton, SJ (St Thomas University)
Prof Paul Oslington (Australian Catholic University)
David Parish (British Airways)
Prof Simon Peyton-Jones (Microsoft)
Dr John Preston (Archbishops' Council)
Dr Jennifer Roback Morse (Acton Institute)
Dr David Ryall (Catholic Bishops' Conference)
Dr Vinay Samuel (Institute for Development Research, Oxford)
Prof John Schneider (Notre Dame University)
Lynne Sedgemore, CBE (Talent Foundation)
Andrew Small (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Prof Jesús Huerta de Soto (Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid)
Prof Max Stackhouse (Princeton)
Sir Christopher Wates (Chairman, Wates Group)
Sir Philip Watts, KCMG (Former Chairman, Shell)
Sir John Whitmore (Chairman, Performance Consulting)
Prof Andreas Widmer (Catholic University of America)
Prof Paul Williams (Regent College, Vancouver)
Prof John Wood (Chair, CCLRC)
Prof Adrian Woods (Brunel University Business School)
Prof Michael Woolcock (World Bank/Harvard)
Transforming Business is based in Cambridge, an international centre of excellence. From there it reaches out into the global and fast moving world of contemporary business.
Belief in Enterprise
Transforming Business teamed up with the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, to launch an exciting research and outreach initiative called Belief in Enterprise. Click here to find out more.
We receive a lot of positive responses to our output. Here are some of them, from academics, business leaders and policy makers on four continents:
"Your reflections are clear and timely. They influence our business decisions."
"Transforming Business provides concise ways of handling important issues."
"You have highlighted an ethical issue at the heart of the reason why many businesses fail to serve the common good."
"I associate Transforming Business with intelligent and measured engagements with complex issues in ways that are biblically and economically sound."
"The output of Transforming Business is not only intriguing and enlightening. It is also articulate, thought-provoking, practically relevant and transformational."
"Your observations concur exactly with our experience of working with leaders of major multinationals."
"You produce great resources!"
"The arguments you make are courageous but true. Thanks for making a stand. You're doing important work in an area ignored far too long."
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