DMU logo

Professor Ian Worthington

Job: Emeritus Professor of Corporate Sustainability

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Research group(s): Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME); Small and Ethnic Business Research Group

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7215

E: iw100@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

 

Personal profile

Ian Worthington BA (Hons), PhD is Emeritus Professor of Corporate Sustainability and Deputy Director of the internationally renowned Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) in the Leicester Business School at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.  In an academic career spanning over 30 years, Ian has taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses on business and management, specialising in the external context of business, greening the firm and corporate social responsibility.  His research has been published in a range of international, peer-reviewed journals including Long Range Planning, the Journal of Business Ethics, Public Administration and Environment and Planning and he has been a regular reviewer for a variety of journals in both Europe and the United States that focus on environmental and ethical issues in business.  With a colleague in the Leicester Business School, Ian is co-author of the UK and Europe’s best-selling book on the business environment, currently in its sixth edition and he has acted as a consultant to a variety of private and public sector bodies, including the European Commission.  His new book, entitled Greening Business: Research, Theory and Practice, is to be published by Oxford University Press in November 2012.

Research group affiliations

Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME), De Montfort University, Leicester.

Publications and outputs 

Click here to see a full listing of Ian Worthington's publications and outputs.

Research interests/expertise

Greening business

Environmental responsibility in business

Corporate Social Responsibility

Supplier Diversity

Areas of teaching

Greening Business

Corporate Social Responsibility

Business Environment

NB. I am now retired

Qualifications

B.A. (Hons); PhD

Courses taught

B.A. Business Studies; B.A. Business and Management; MBA; MSc International Business and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Conference attendance

Worthington I and Patton D (1994) ‘Environmental Partnership: The Role of Local Agenda 21’, Business Strategy and The Environment Conference’, University of Nottingham, September

Patton D and Worthington I (1995) ‘The Development of the LA21 Initiative’  International Sustainable Development Research Conference, University of Manchester, March

Worthington I and Patton D (1998) ‘Creating Partnerships for Local Sustainable Development’ International Sustainable Development Research Conference, University of Leeds, April

Lindley I, Worthington I and Patton D (2000) ‘Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Views from the Inside’ International Sustainable Research Conference, University of Leeds, April

Lindley I, Worthington I and Patton D (2000) ‘Local Authority-Business Sector Partnerships and Sustainable Development’ Ecole d’Architecture, Paris, October (unpublished)

Worthington I and Patton D (2003) ‘Researching the drivers of SME environmental behaviour: a study of the UK screen-printing sector’, International Sustainable Research Conference, University of Leicester, September

Worthington I, Ram M, Shah M and Boyal H (2005) ‘Drivers of and barriers to supplier diversity initiatives: a cross-national study’, Business Strategy and the Environment Conference (incorporating the Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Conference), University of Leeds, September

Ram M, Theodorakopoulus N and Worthington I (2005) ‘Policy Transfer in Practice: Implementing Supplier Diversity in the UK’, International Small Business and Enterprise Conference, Blackpool, November #

(# Paper received 3 awards: Best Paper in Track S (Supporting small business development and research); Small Business Service award for Best Policy Paper; joint Overall Best Conference Paper)

Consultancy work

‘A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Proposed Pier Development at Deptford Wharf’ (1988/9) for London Docklands Development Corporation, (£20,000)

‘An Investigation of Developing Industrial Sectors in the Leicestershire Economy’ (1994) for Leicester Economic Development Partnership, (£10,000)

‘A Baseline Study of the Lincolnshire Leader II Area’ (1999) for the Lincolnshire Leader II Partnership and the Government Office for the East Midlands, (£14,000)

European Observatory on Small Firms (1999/2000), ENSR for the European Commission, (£20,000)

European Observatory on Small and Medium Enterprises (2001/2002), ENSR for the European Commission, (£20,000)

‘Giving Something Back: Social Responsibility and South Asian Businesses in the UK: an Exploratory Study’ (2003) for the Centre for Social Markets/Department of Trade and Industry, (£20,000)

‘Supplier Diversity: A Briefing Document’ (2005) for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (£10,000)

‘Examining the Business Case for Supplier Diversity’ (2006) for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (£2,000)

‘A Guide for Supplier Diversity’ (2006) for the Commission for Racial Equality (£40,000)

Current research students

David Cantliff, Part-time PhD student, 2nd Supervisor

Charles-David Mpengula, Part-time PhD student, 2nd Supervisor

Professional esteem indicators

Westminster University (1994) External Assessor, BA (Hons) Business Studies Degree

Robert Gordon University Aberdeen (2001) and (2010), External Examiner, PhD thesis

Bournemouth University (2012), External Examiner, PhD thesis

Canterbury Christchurch University College (2001-2005), External Examiner, BA (Hons) International Business Degree

Loughborough University (2002-2006), External Examiner, BSc (Hons) International Business Degree

Liverpool University (2004), External Assessor BA (Hons) Business Studies Degree

University of Central England, Birmingham (2006) External Assessor Undergraduate Management Degree Programmes

Liverpool University (2007-2010), External Examiner BA (Hons) Management Degree

Reviewer for Long Range Planning Journal

Reviewer for International Small Business Journal

Reviewer for the Journal of Competitive Intelligence and Management

Reviewer for Business and Society Journal

Reviewer for CSR Track British Academy of Management Conference 2007

Peer Reviewer for ESRC.

Case studies

My work on supplier diversity, under the auspices of CREME, has been published in the form of guides/reports by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Commission for Racial Equality.

ian-worthington

Search Who's Who

 
News target area image
News

DMU is a dynamic university, read about what we have been up to in our latest news section.

Events target area image
Events

At DMU there is always something to do or see, check out our events for yourself.

Mission and vision target area image
Mission and vision

Read about our mission and vision and how these create a supportive and exciting learning environment.