About the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO)

Vision

Brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines to better understand and promote long-term sustainable and responsible organisational behaviour. We do this through research and dialogue with various stakeholders including the research community, business leaders, policy advisors and the public at large.

CSaRO Objectives
  • To undertake independent, high quality research in the areas of sustainability and responsible organisational practices
  • To undertake cutting edge research so as to advance both theory and practice
  • To engage the academic and professional communities and promote debate and recommendations for better governance and policy setting
  • To develop research collaborations with suitable partners from government, industry and community
  • To attract and train excellent research students and staff

Context

Organisational performance and survival has attracted unprecedented research attention in recent years with worldwide crises related to high profile corporate scandals and collapses and climate change imperatives, as well as unexpected challenges such the Global Financial Crisis and economic downturns. The themes of ecological sustainability and financially responsible organisations have pervaded all aspects of sustainable management theory and practice.

The global activism and momentum built by reports such as the Stern Review, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, and high profile thought leaders such as David Suzuki and Al Gore, has put further pressure on organisations to demonstrate responsible and sustainable organisational performance. Organisational leadership and the quality of corporate governance are vital concerns for tackling these growing challenges. Organisations are increasingly required to engage with current debates such as those on carbon schemes, the ecological footprints of organisations and the efficient management and allocation of resources at both the organisational and macro-economic levels.

These issues are multidimensional and complex, and need both theoretical and practical solutions requiring the integration of expertise from different fields. The CSaRO has already established research leadership in these areas and is ideally placed to build on the opportunities arising. Researchers in the CSaRO are already working with large nationally competitive research grants in the two areas designated above, and foresee escalating growth in the area - advancing both theory and practice.

Research groups

Risk Management, Ethics and Corporate Governance
Nava Subramaniam, Cluster Coordinator

Researchers in this group bring their expertise from a number of disciplines to study the governance and economics of sustainable practices and responsible behaviours.

The core research themes include: corporate governance and organisational performance, managing the risks of carbon and climate change, sustainable investment and environmental policies, and financial econometrics

Employee Health and Wellbeing
Andrew Noblet, Cluster Coordinator

Research undertaken in the Employee Health and Wellbeing cluster covers three broad themes:

  • assessing the levels of health and wellbeing across working populations,
  • identifying the sources and consequences of health-related outcomes such as job stress and employee engagement, and
  • developing and evaluating strategies that can promote employee wellbeing and enhance organisational effectiveness.

Examples of current projects include exploring the work and health-related experiences of immigrant managers from the Asia-Pacific region; identifying the impact of HR policies and practices on employee wellbeing, capability, and commitment, and; measuring the effectiveness of comprehensive job stress prevention programs.

Impacts of Marketing
Paul Harrison, Cluster Coordinator

This research group examines the broader effects of marketing on society. It involves three streams, all related to the impact of marketing on individuals, cultures, and the environment.

The research fields are consumer decision-making, consumer regulation and policy, and macro-marketing. Examples of current projects include consumer decision-making in essential services, the adoption of green car technology, motives to participate in the arts, ethical consumerism, food marketing to children, and volunteerism and its effects on subjective quality of life.


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