Dr David Littlewood

PhD MA BSc (Hons)

Lecturer in Strategic Management

Room: E017
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3493
Email: David.Littlewood@sheffield.ac.uk
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I joined Sheffield University Management School in 2015 to work as a Lecturer in Strategic Management. Prior to this I was a Lecturer in Reputation and Responsibility at the Henley Business School, the University of Reading, where I taught on undergraduate and postgraduate MSc and MBA programmes. I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in the Geography Department, with my research examining relationships between CSR and development in the context of the mining industry in Namibia. I was then employed as a post-doctoral research fellow at Queen’s University Belfast Management School, working on the Trickle Out Africa Project, which examined social and environmental enterprises in East and Southern Africa and their role in sustainable development and poverty alleviation. I am a frequent speaker at international conferences and have been published in international peer reviewed journals, as well as contributing to various books and conference proceedings. I am active internationally engaging in research collaborations with scholars in the USA, Europe and Africa, and also practitioners.

Teaching and Learning

Responsibility and sustainability are key themes that I embed across all of my teaching. I see my role as a facilitator of student learning and a positive student experience, and seek to help students to develop as critical and reflective thinkers and responsible future business leaders. I am an advocate of collaborate group based learning, and encourage active student involvement in the classroom, as ways to enhance student engagement and support deeper learning. I also believe in research-led teaching, providing opportunities for student inquiry, and drawing upon current research and thinking in the field including my own research on corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and wider relationships between business and society. I contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the area of strategy. I lecture on the undergraduate module MGT231 Business Strategy, and I am module leader for the postgraduate module MGT6047 Strategic Management. I believe in reflective teaching practice and continuing professional development and I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

David’s interests lie in the business and society domain, and relate more specifically to: corporate social responsibility; sustainability, green business and environmental entrepreneurship; organisation stakeholder relationships; and social entrepreneurship and innovation. By geography David’s work focusses on the developing world and particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. David is involved in several international research projects, including: the Trickle Out Africa Project, and the ICSEM project. He is also an affiliate of the JMCR, as well as sitting on the editorial board of the journal CSREM

Areas of Research Supervision

I am currently second supervisor for one PhD student: Irene Garnelo Gómez - whose research is examining identity, motivations and sustainable consumption.

I would be interested in supervising PhD or postgraduate taught students in the areas of:
- Social entrepreneurship and social innovation (in developed and particularly developing world contexts)
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in both the developed and developing worlds
- Wider issues of sustainability and business and society relationships, particularly in Sub-Saharan African contexts

Professional Activities, Recognition and Other Information

2015 RETF funded Best Research Output Prize for the Henley Business School

Winner Best Paper in Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise Track, ISBE 37th Annual Conference, Manchester 2014

Winner Best Full Paper, Sustainable and Responsible Business, British Academy of Management Conference 2014, Belfast 9-11th September.

Editorial board of the journal Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management (CSREM)

Winner Best Paper Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise Track, and shortlisted Best Paper Rural Enterprise Track, ISBE Conference 2013, Cardiff UK.