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Humanitarian Leadership, Tech Start-ups and Growth In Iraq in our round-up of b-school research

By  Rashmi Krishna Kumar

Thu Dec 23 2010

A paper by a professor at Imperial College Business School was awarded "Paper of the Decade" by the American Marketing Association. Professor Erkko Autio’s paper on ‘Social capital, knowledge acquisition, and knowledge exploitation in young technology-based firms’ was first published in the Strategic Management Journal in 2001.

Cranfield School of Management has released research on the humanitarian sector. The research, titled ‘Engaging tomorrow’s global humanitarian leaders today’ looks at the leadership response to overcoming challenges connected with climate change, global insecurity and scarce resources. The research was conducted jointly with People in Aid, and released in October 2010.

From humanitarian leadership to sustainability… Nottingham University Business School has signed up for a one-year joint project with the University Of Bath School Of Management to survey how business schools can boost their success by committing to sustainability for a greener future, while reaping financial benefits at the same time.

Academics at the Open University Business School are forecasting economic growth in Iraq. Social enterprise expert Leslie Budd and Senior Economics Lecturer Andy Trigg have authored parts of ‘The Outline Spatial Strategy for Iraq 2010’ which develops a planning framework for the country. While Budd wrote a chapter analysing growth and employment forecasts, Trigg undertook population projections for Iraq.

In keeping with its focus on ways that business can help tackle climate change, a professor and student at the University of Exeter Business School has been working on a report for the Devon County Council. The report highlights ways that Devon's local government can reduce carbon emissions. Michael Finus, Professor in the Economics of Climate Change, was assisted by Jonathan Colmer, a final year undergraduate student, with the help of the Centre for Energy and the Environment.