Starting with family firms, which represent over 80% of all businesses, our work explores how ownership relates to the endurance, value, and conduct of corporations. It is funded by the Ford Foundation.
Whatever an organisation’s form, there is always a way to embed purpose. This cluster of Responsible Business research projects examines purpose through differing lenses, deepening our understanding of what business is, and what business should be, over the coming decades.
The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd
Ownership for influence and impact
Mutuality in Business
The adoption and impact of mutuality metrics
A collaborative project with the Mars Corporation exploring mutuality as a new principle for organising business.
Our research explores the concept of mutuality in business and develops a business management theory for The Economics of Mutuality, teaching curricula, new management practices, and business case studies.
Changing conceptions of corporate purpose
Our work explores how the idea of 'corporate purpose' itself has shifted in content and impact over several decades.
Launched in 2015, in collaboration with the Beacon Institute EY Global, our work is part of a broader research initiative at Oxford to unpick the key issues in 21st century stakeholder capitalism and responsible leadership, in collaboration with corporate partners and in the service of world-leading executive education.