Fostering the development of responsible leaders, businesses, organisations and communities.

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About us

The Hoare Centre for Responsible Management is part of the University of Winchester Business School. The Centre brings together the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in order to develop a community of practice dedicated to the creation of a more equitable and sustainable economy and society. 

We do this through three key activities:

  • Advancing knowledge by generating ongoing, high quality peer-reviewed articles as well as tools and outputs that will impact the practitioner community
  • Developing current and future responsible leaders
  • Building a responsible management community by extending our collaborations with a range of influential partners in order to extend our impact


What we do

Advancing knowledge through academic and practice-based research

All staff are involved in conducting research into various aspects of responsible management. Topics include the circular economy, responsible leadership development, the application of leadership collaboratories within the Health Service, responsible leadership and organizational ambidexterity, ethical and sustainable tourism, business ethics - particularly in relation to professional supervisory bodies, sustainability and HRM, human rights and poverty.

In addition we have a number of professional doctorate students investigating a range of CSR topics including engagement with sustainability reporting and the ethical implications of data analytics within HRM.

Finally, we always seek to increase our impact with practitioners working in the field. We are currently working with a consultancy in the development of a tool to help businesses become more ‘purpose-led’ to support the government’s recent report on purpose-led business.

Developing current and future responsible leaders

The centre has a core group of staff conducting research into the development of responsible managers and leaders. A current project is investigating the creation of a ‘responsible leadership development framework’ to help guide educational interventions at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This research is being conducted in partnership with Business in the Community to support their work on developing emerging leaders.

Other research is investigating the impact of service learning and corporate volunteering on the development of responsible leaders within middle managers operating within large corporates.

Building a responsible management community

The Centre is extending collaborations with a range of influential partners in order to extend our impact. We work with a range of bodies at the national level (e.g. the professional accountancy bodies, Business in the Community) and at the international level (e.g. the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management initiative, for whom Professor Carole Parkes is an international advisor).

We also run a well-established series of talks at the Business School. Previous speakers have included:

  • Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI
  • John Timpson CBE, Chairman of Timpson's
  • Jonathon Porritt CBE, veteran environmental campaigner
  • Paul Drechsler CBE, President of the CBI
  • Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Business in the Community

We also work closely with other Higher Education Institutions, such as the University of the West of England's Bristol Leadership and Change Centre (BLCC), with whom we co-organised the June 2019 symposium Responsible and Inclusive Leadership: Paradoxes and Possibilities. Find out more.

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Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Whilst business management has been part of our curriculum for over 10 years, the Business School itself is relatively new, and brings a fresh vision and approach to its teaching and learning. We were proud to be the 13th Business School in the UK to be accepted as part of the United Nations 'Principles of Responsible Management Education' initiative, or PRME. The aim of PRME is to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex economic, environmental and social challenges faced by business in the twenty-first century. It now includes over 300 business schools worldwide.

In January 2016, Winchester became a Global PRME Champion, one of only 3 in the UK and 30 worldwide. The mission of the PRME Champions group is to contribute to thought and action leadership on responsible management education through working collaboratively with the broader international PRME community to contribute to UN goals and issues, particularly helping to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Find out more about PRME Champions

Supporting the Centre


The Centre would be delighted to hear from business sponsors to help enable its events to take place. Sponsors will have their names and logos displayed at events hosted by the Centre, in addition to other benefits.


We also welcome external members, both individuals and companies and organisations. Individual members will gain free access to all the talks, as well as enjoy a range of other benefits.

To find out more about the Centre, and about sponsorship and membership, contact the Convenor, Dr Simon Smith.

Meet the team


Dr Simon Smith.


Dr Karen Blakeley

Dr Tatiana Gladkikh

Lisa Harding

Prof. Denise Hewlett

Paul Jennings

Dr Adam Palmer

Prof. Carole Parkes

Dr Manuela Pilato

Dr Hugues Seraphin

Dr Paul Sheeran

Dr Roz Sunley

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