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Ignited: Salford Business School Magazine

23 March 2016
Professor David Spicer

Professor David Spicer

Salford Business School Academics show innovation and insight in business thinking.

I am delighted to be able to introduce you to the second issue of the Salford Business School (#SalfordBSchool) magazine Ignited. Having recently joined the School I had done my research before I joined as Dean. I knew that Salford has a great reputation for innovation in applied, industry focused programmes and research. When I arrived, I was delighted to find out just how much great work was being done here at Salford that I wasn’t yet aware of. This magazine showcases some of the best in thinking and research here at Salford. I’ll highlight just some of the articles below.


Creative Entrepreneur – Next Generation business event

22 January 2016
Alex Fenton, Salford Business School

Alex Fenton, Producer of the Creative Entrepreneur event

How can a business school teach entrepreneurship? Can you learn how to develop a business model or a marketing plan from a book? Meeting and hearing from successful international entrepreneurs sharing their real life stories, gaining feedback on ideas and establishing new links are all great ways to learn about entrepreneurship and grow your network.

At Salford we recognise the importance of strong links with industry. They help us keep our teaching relevant to the real world and mean we can offer great opportunities to help our students to get employment-ready.

Our Creative Entrepreneur event is a key example of this in practice. At the event, held annually at our state of the art campus at MediaCityUK, individuals from partner organisations volunteer their time and share their experience with students at the University of Salford.

At the latest event, on 25th of November 2015, we welcomed over 40 guest speakers who delivered an exciting programme of master-classes, panel sessions and installations to inspire, inform and entertain over 460 attendees. These were a combination of local businesses, University staff, students and local colleges. Several of our courses and modules were present, creating great opportunities for our students. Read on to find out more about key points from the event and what happened.



My internship at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

9 November 2015
Anthea Thurston

Anthea Thurston, MSc Social Business and Sustainable Marketing

My three month internship at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has just finished and I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by! I began at the Chamber fresh from my MSc course at Salford Business School where I studied Social Business and Sustainable Marketing.

Of course I was a bundle of nerves on my first day at the Chamber. This was my first time ‘off-book!’ What if I was quizzed in depth on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategy or what I thought about Porter’s 5 Forces Model!? Should I bring my notes? What if I forgot everything I’ve learned? Or my name!?


10 reasons to attend Creative Entrepreneur 2015 #CreativeEnt

13 September 2015
Alex Fenton - Creative Entrepreneur

Alex Fenton

Salford Business School is once again opening its doors to our cutting edge campus at MediaCityUK to you, your friends and colleagues! We are bringing together our centres of Digital Business, Sports Business and Social Business to provide inspiration and education for all, thinking about global opportunity in a connected world.

Whether you are a student, young entrepreneur, graduate or a seasoned professional you will find great opportunities to inspire your entrepreneurial business thinking at our Creative Entrepreneur 2015 event.

Meet young entrepreneurs amongst our students, members of staff or many other businesses from near and far. Join us at this open innovation space at MediaCityUK on Wednesday 25 November from 9.00am to 5.00pm.


Thomas Cook Corfu deaths and the reign of lawyers

25 May 2015
Professor Andrew Basden

Professor Andrew Basden

It is a truism that companies that have lasted 100 years tend to be those built on a foundation of ethical principles. Thomas Cook is one of those.

But recently it has declined and is in trouble over its handling of the case of two children dying on one of the holidays it arranged.

Why is this?

Some believe it is because of the reign of lawyers – the company had become so entrapped in legalistic thinking that it had lost its ‘humaneness‘. In this post, I try to look under the surface of this, and find a lot more.


Social enterprises – the art of giving #IamSBSM

6 May 2015


What is social enterprise? Starting a social enterprise business is a challenge for people who have a mission with a social purpose but also want to create a profit. Social enterprise describes how businesses achieve social, economic, community and cultural improvement through their existence.

These companies can be for-profit or non-profit organisations that create common activities to help human and environmental well-being. Most companies produce products or services that generate revenue and reinvest it into society through job creation, health care, cultural needs and the environment.


Organisational capacity of non profit organisations in the Russian Federation

18 December 2014
Jo Crotty

Prof Jo Crotty

This study examined the work of health and health care non-profit organisations (NPOs) in the Russian Federation and how such organisations provide services to their clients. It adds to the debate on the role NPOs play in complementing and/or substituting for services normally provided by the Russian state.

Despite the importance on NPOs in ensuring a comprehensive health care provision in various context, the roles and the ability to fulfil their roles in the Russian context is not yet well understood. This is particularly true when considering that NPOs with social missions are the most prevalent type of such organisations in the Russian context.

Dr Sergej Ljubownikow from Nottingham Business School and myself – Prof Jo Crotty from Salford Business School – suggest that based on our findings:

“Russian NPOs in the health sector require the development of several organisational capabilities in order to effectively deliver sustainable services alongside the Russian State”.

What makes us think this?


University of Salford’s support for sustainability recognised with Social Enterprise Mark

23 September 2014
Morven McEachern

Dr Morven McEachern

The University has identified social impact and social value as core elements of our mission through the new University Strategic Plan. Our commitment to social business and its values has resulted in the University being awarded the Social Enterprise Mark – only the second university in the UK to achieve this public recognition.

The Social Enterprise Mark is the only international certification for social enterprises and it enables the University of Salford to differentiate itself from other Universities by proving we are working or ‘trading for people and planet’, reinforcing the University’s brand values.

What does Social Enterprise Mark mean to students and staff at the University of Salford?


Microfinancing and social business

10 March 2014
Micro financing & Social Business

Microfinancing and Social Business

Do you know what a social business is? Do you know what the ethical justifications are for social business? These are some of questions that are answered in this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The topics will include:

  • Defining social business
  • Microfinancing and ethical issues
  • How social businesses fail

The speaker for this MOOC is Roland Fox, a finance lecturer at Salford Business School. Roland Fox has had his work published in books including “International Financial Management“. Roland draws on has practical experience gained during his time at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and previous teaching experience at De Montfort University and Leeds Metropolitan University.