Matthew Gitsham

MA (Hons), MA

Matt is Director of the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability. He teaches on a range of Ashridge programmes, including the MBA, and works with colleagues across the Ashridge faculty to promote research on leadership, organisational change, leadership development and sustainability. Matt has recently led research exploring CEO perspectives on the implications of sustainability for leadership and leadership development, working with the CEOs of a number of blue-chip organisations. He also works closely with the United Nations Global Compact, the International Business Leaders Forum and Business in the Community.

Matt is a frequent contributor to industry and academic conferences and is widely published in the business and academic press.

Matt was recently awarded a ‘Rising Star’ award as part of the Academy of Business in Society-Aspen Institute European Faculty Pioneer Awards, which are made annually to honour business school faculty who have demonstrated great vision and outstanding leadership in integrating the principles of sustainable development into research, education, student communities and corporate practice.

Matthew Gitsham

Publications

More big businesses push for stricter environmental regulations

Gitsham, M. (2015) 'More big businesses push for stricter environmental regulations' The Guardian. 4 February.  http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/feb/04/business-manifesto-sustainability-guidelines-climate-policy

The changing role of business leaders on the world stage

Gitsham, M. (2015) 'The changing role of business leaders on the world stage.' Ashridge Alumni Lecture. February

Why are some business leaders emerging as advocates for more ambitious public policy on sustainable development?

Gitsham, M., Gosling, J., and Nayak, A. (forthcoming). 'Why are some business leaders emerging as advocates for more ambitious public policy on sustainable development? The case of the Sustainable Development Goals.' Presentation at Organization, Leadership & Society Workshop on the Politicization of Firms (OLS). Paris, May.

Sustainable Development, the changing role of business leaders on the world stage: what does this mean for executive education and leadership development?

Gitsham, M (2015) 'Sustainable Development, the changing role of business leaders on the world stage: what does this mean for executive education and leadership development?'. In Hind, P (Ed) Management Development that Works, Libri Publishing Lead.

Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability

Buono, A., Gitsham, M., Carteron, J-C., & Haertle, J. (2015) 'Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability'. BizEd [online]

Corporate approaches to addressing modern slavery in supply chains: A snapshot of current practice

In October 2015, compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act became a legal requirement for at least 12,000 companies in the UK and around the world. The Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability at Hult Business School and the Ethical Trading Initiative worked together on this research to investigate company perspectives and responses to the risk of modern slavery in their global supply chains. 

Find out more about this research project, and download the report.

Lake, Q., MacAlister, J., Berman, C., Gitsham, M. & Page, N. (2015) Corporate approaches to addressing modern slavery in supply chains: a snapshot of current practice.

Creating more responsible business leaders

Waller, L. & Gitsham, M. (2016) Creating more responsible business leaders. Changeboard Magazine, Issue 12, October-December 2015. pp54-55

Leading in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous Environment

Gitsham, M. (2014) Leading in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous Environment. Webinar for Virtual Ashridge, May.

Today's Best Bosses Understand Commerce's Social Role

Gitsham, M. (2014) Today's Best Bosses Understand Commerce's Social Role. Financial Times. July

Interpreting the role of business leaders in shaping public policy

Gitsham, M., Gosling, J. an dNayak, A. (2014) Interpreting the role of business leaders in shaping public policy. Paper presented at The 30th Colloquium of the European Group for Organization Studies, subtheme 38 The Corporization of Politicis and the Politcization of Corporations. Rotterdam, July.

Leading in turbulent, uncertain and volatile times.

Gitsham, M. (2014) Leading in turbulent, uncertain and volatile times. Croner-i Human Resources. March

Hands-on learning opportunities create more responsible business leaders

Gitsham, M. & Waller, L. (2014) Hands-on learning opportunities create more responsible business leaders

Developing future leaders: A round table debate

Peters, K., Gitsham, M., Reffo, G., Wark, V. and Chadwick, P. (2014) 'Developing future leaders: A round table debate'. 360 - The Ashridge Journal, Spring 2014

Developing responsible business leaders: insights from 24 years of the Prince's Seeing is Believing vists.

Waller, L., Gitsham, M., and Green, H. (2014) . Developing responsible business leaders: insights from 24 years of the Prince's Seeing is Believing visits. Ashridge Research Report, April

Designing effective multi-stakeholder collaborative platforms: Learning from the experience of the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative

Gitsham, M., and Page, N. (2014) Designing effective multi-stakeholder collaborative platforms: Learning from the experience of the UN Global Compact LEAD initative. SAM Advanced Management Journal. 79(4) pp18-28

Developing Responsible Business Leaders: Insights from 24 years of the Prince's Seeing is Believing Programme.

Gitsham, M. and Wallis, A. (2014) Developing Responsible Business Leaders: Insights from 24 years of the Prince's Seeing is Believing Programme. Conference paper at the 13th Annual Colloquium of the Academy of Business in Society. Cambridge, December.

Brand Substance

Day, G., Gitsham, M., Hawksworth, D., Page, N., Willan, B. and Zipp, H. (2014) Brand Substance Ashridge Business School and Given London

Building leadership capability for a rapidly changing world: What every business leader now needs to know about developing themselves and their people in a changed world

In response to emerging forces influencing the global business environment at the beginning of the 21st century, we have begun to see the role of business leaders changing. In this research study, produced for the 2012 UN Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development, Ashridge Business School and the International Business Leaders Forum map  the emergence of a new generation of leaders across many of the world's largest business.  Download the executive summary

Contact the Research Department for a copy of the full report

Gitsham, M., Culpin, V., and Bond, D. (2013) 'Building leadership capability for a rapidly changing world: What every business leader now needs to know about developing themselves and their people in a changed world. Ashridge Research Report

Quoted in City AM

Gitsham, M. (2012) Quoted in City AM, July

Interview on Wake up to Money

Gitsham, M. (2012) Interview on Wake up to Money, BBC Five Live, March

Market Demand for Sustainability in Management Education

Gitsham, M. & Clark, T. (2012) Market Demand for Sustainability in Management Education, International Journal of Sustainability in Management Education, Emerald

Training to shape the future

Gitsham, M. (2012) Training to shape the future, European CEO, July

The role of HR in developing leaders fit for a rapidly changing world

Gitsham, M. (2012) The role of HR in developing leaders fit for a rapidly changing world, HR Magazine, July

Schools need to champion a Sustainability Mindset

Buono, A.F., Carteron, J.C. & Gitsham, M. (2012) Schools need to champion a Sustainability Mindset, Financial Times, June

Rio+20: Reasons to be Cheerful

Gitsham, M. (2012) Rio+20: Reasons to be Cheerful, The Guardian, June

The sustainable challenge: can public affairs influence the necessary change?

Millar, C.C. J.M., Gitsham, M. & Mahon, J. (2012) The sustainable challenge: can public affairs influence the necessary change?, Journal of Public Affairs, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 171 - 176

Sustainable Leadership

Gitsham, M. (2012) Sustainable Leadership, Conference Presentation at Leadership for Tomorrow: Leadership skills for a New Era, Ashridge, May

What are the hallmarks of effective behaviour change?

Gitsham, M. (2012) What are the hallmarks of effective behaviour change?, Panel contribution, Unilever Sustainable Living Lab, April

Experiential learning for leadership and sustainability at IBM and HSBC

Gitsham, M. (2012) Experiential learning for leadership and sustainability at IBM and HSBC, Journal of Management Development, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp. 298 - 307

Leading Sustainable Organisations of Tomorrow

Gitsham, M. (2012) Leading Sustainable Organisations of Tomorrow, Webinar for Virtual Ashridge, April

The changing global context: what it means for your role as a leader and your management education

Gitsham, M. (2012) The changing global context: what it means for your role as a leader and your management education, Webinar for Economist Which MBA?, April

Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World: How business leaders are reframing success

Gitsham, M., Rose, S. & Foster, M. (2012) Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World: How business leaders are reframing success, Report Launch, Institute of Directors, London, March

Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World: How business leaders are reframing success

Gitsham, M., Wackrill, J,. Baxter, G. & Pegg, M. (2012) Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World: How business leaders are reframing success, Ashridge and International Business Leaders Forum for the UN PRME

Leadership in a rapidly changing world: how business leaders are reframing success

Gitsham, M. & Pegg, M. (2012) Leadership in a rapidly changing world: how business leaders are reframing success, Conference Presentation at Ashridge R Day, Ashridge, March

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Sustainable Business and the changing role of a business leader

Gitsham, M. (2012) Sustainable Business and the changing role of a business leader, Conference presentation at Ashridge 2012 MBA refresher: Leading on the edge, Ashridge, March

Leadership in a rapidly changing world: CEO reflections on leadership approaches to new challenges

Gitsham, M. & Pegg, M. (2012) Leadership in a rapidly changing world: CEO reflections on leadership approaches to new challenges, Ashridge Learning Bite, Ashridge, March

The Changing Role of Global Business Leaders

Gitsham, M. (2012) The Changing Role of Global Business Leaders, Harvard Business Review Insight Centre: The Next Generation of Global Leaders, February

A quiet revolution: has the role of a CEO changed?

Gitsham, M. (2012) A quiet revolution: has the role of a CEO changed?, Corporate Citizenship Briefing, January

Anticipating the next 10 years: priorities and challenges for sustainable business in executive development

Gitsham, M. (2012) Anticipating the next 10 years: priorities and challenges for sustainable business in executive development, EABIS Decennial From Corporate Responsibility to Sustainable Business: Taking stock and the Next Ten Years, Nottingham University Business School, January

Innovations in leadership development for sustainable organisations - are we moving far and fast enough?

Gitsham, M. (2011) Innovations in leadership development for sustainable organisations - are we moving far and fast enough?, Presentation at International Leadership Association Global Conference: One Planet, Many Worlds - Remapping the Purposes of Leadership, London, October

Learning and leading on sustainability: business perspectives and expectations

Gitsham, M. (2011) Learning and leading on sustainability: business perspectives and expectations, Presentation at Learning and leading on sustainability - the green skills agenda, Loughborough, October

Business Schools in a changing world

Gitsham, M. (2011) Business Schools in a changing world, Presentation at Association of Business Schools Senior Managers' Programme, London, September

The role of business schools in advancing sustainability

Gitsham, M. (2011) The role of business schools in advancing sustainability, Guardian Sustainable Business Online Panel, July

Leading Organisations of Tomorrow: exploring critical leadership skills for the 21st Century

Gitsham, M. (2011) Leading Organisations of Tomorrow: exploring critical leadership skills for the 21st Century, Webinar, Ashridge Alumni, July

Concluding Keynote Address: what are we learning about how organisationsl change for sustainability really happens?

Gitsham, M. (2011) Concluding Keynote Address: what are we learning about how organisational change for sustainability really happens?, Presentation at Ashridge International Research Conference: The sustainability challenge - organisational change and transformational vision, Ashridge, June

Goodwil may be key to getting green light

Gitsham, M. (2011) Goodwill may be key to getting green light, quoted in Financial Times Special Report, Sustainable Business, 23 June, p.1

Sustainability and leadership development

Gitsham, M. (2011) Sustainability and leadership development, EG Magazine, May

Business Schools in a changing world

Gitsham, M. (2011) Business Schools in a changing world, Presentation at Association of Business Schools Deans and Directors' Programme, London, January

CEO perspectives: management education in a changing context

Gitsham, M. (2011) CEO perspectives: management education in a changing context, Corporate Governance, Vol. 11, Issue 4

Business schools fit for tomorrow

Martin Lockett and Matthew Gitsham contend that business schools cannot just research and teach ‘sustainability’. They must also embed it in how they themselves work.

Lockett, M. & Gitsham, M. (2011) Business schools fit for tomorrow, Global Focus (EFMD), Vol. 5, Issue 3, September, pp. 48 - 51

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From managers in organisations to leaders in society: developing the global leader of tomorrow at the business school of tomorrow - 1

Gitsham, M. (2011) From managers in organisations to leaders in society: developing the global leader of tomorrow at the business school of tomorrow - 1, Ashridge Seminar, British Embassy Dubai, May

From managers in organisations to leaders in society: developing the global leader of tomorrow at the business school of tomorrow - 2

Gitsham, M. (2011) From managers in organisations to leaders in society: developing the global leader of tomorrow at the business school of tomorrow - 2, Ashridge Seminar, Masdar Institute, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, May

Creating an MBA for the 21st Century: corporate perspectives on integrating sustainability into MBA programmes

Gitsham, M. (2011) Creating an MBA for the 21st Century: corporate perspectives on integrating sustainability into MBA programmes, Presentation at Australian MBA Directors' Forum 2011: Creating an MBA for the 21st Century, Melbourne, Australia, May

Leading Organisations of Tomorrow: exploring critical leadership skills for the 21st Century

Gitsham, M. (2011) Leading Organisations of Tomorrow: exploring critical leadership skills for the 21st Century, Webinar, Virtual Ashridge, April

Business Schools: their role in sustainability

Gitsham, M. (2011) Business Schools: their role in sustainability, EFMD External Relations Meeting, FUNDESEM, Alicante, March

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The shifting landscape of global challenges in the 21st century

Gitsham, M., Pegg, M. & Culpin, V. (2011) The shifting landscape of global challenges in the 21st century, Business Leadership Review, April

The Shifting Landscape of Global Challenges in the 21st Century, What this Means for What Businesses Want From Tomorrow's Leaders, and the Implications for Management Learning

Gitsham, M. (2011) The Shifting Landscape of Global Challenges in the 21st Century, What this Means for What Businesses Want From Tomorrow's Leaders, and the Implications for Management Learning, in Voller, S., Blass, E. and Culpin, V. (eds) , The Future of Learning: Insights and Innovations from Executive Development, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 17 - 32

Miliband's got a point - we need to be more discerning in who we celebrate

Miliband draws attention to the problem that in public debate over the past 30 years political leaders, business leaders and business school gurus have tended to celebrate all business leaders, without necessarily distinguishing between those who have an overall positive impact on the wider world and those who don't.

Gitsham, M. (2011) Miliband's got a point - we need to be more discerning in who we celebrate, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 30 September

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Management education needs to change according to new CEO study

In 2008, the United Nations invited Ashridge and others to lead a CEO survey to understand the perspectives of the business community on the role of management education in helping organisations to make sense of and adapt to a changing global context.

Gitsham, M. (2010) Management education needs to change according to new CEO study, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 25 June

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Leadership development at the sharp end

Matthew Gitsham recently led an observation for one of our case studies in the 'Leading Organisations of Tomorrow' project and thought he'd share his initial personal reflections on the experience.

Gitsham, M. (2010) Leadership development at the sharp end, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 15 April

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Cancún, the Economist, and self-fulfilling prophecies

The Economist's leader article on climate change at the beginning of the Cancún summit paints a bleak picture. Focusing on how to adapt to a changing climate, the story of the article seems to be that disaster is looming, and although it is technically possible to avert, humankind has largely given up the will to achieve this.

Gitsham, M. (2010) Cancúm, the Economist, and self-fulfilling prophecies, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 4 December

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Business needs a new approach from management education

The Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) held its annual Leaders' Forum at the offices of Suez-Tractebel in Brussels. The Academy is a multi-stakeholder initiative created to stimulate change in the management education industry. Officially founded at an event at INSEAD in 2002 (Ashridge was one of seven founding partner business schools), the initiative now involves a cross section of 71 of the world's leading business schools, together with over 28 leading companies.

Gitsham, M. (2010) Business needs a new approach from management education, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 11 May

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Supercorp and the new leadership

Matt Gitsham joins a conversation hosted by IBM with Harvard's Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a number of senior IBM executives and small group of representatives from the UK's leading business schools and think tanks. The conversation with Rosabeth was convened to discuss her new book 'Supercorp: how vanguard companies create innovation, profits, growth and social good'.

Gitsham, M. (2010) Supercorp and the new leadership, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 24 March

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Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow

Gitsham, M. (2010) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Developing Responsible Leadership in Central and Eastern Europe, Lviv, Ukraine, December

Leading Organisations of Tomorrow: an introduction to the research study

Gitsham, M. (2010) Leading Organisations of Tomorrow: an introduction to the research study, Leading Organisations of Tomorrow Symposium, Hosted by Ashridge London, October

Adapting to a changing context: the role of management education 2

Gitsham, M. (2010) Adapting to a changing context: the role of management education 2, Ninth Annual Colloquium of the Academy of Business in Society: Corporate Responsibility and Emerging Markets, St Petersburg, Russia, September

Shifting notions of leadership and leadership development in an era of sustainability

Gitsham, M. (2010) Shifting notions of leadership and leadership development in an era of sustainability, Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management 2010: Management research in a changing climate, Sheffield, September

Corporate Leaders' interests regarding sustainability in management education

Gitsham, M. & Clark, T.S. (2010) Corporate Leaders' interests regarding sustainability in management education, Dare to Care: Academy of Management Annusl Meeting 2010, Montreal, Canada, August

Leading Organisations of Tomorrow: organisational change through executive education

Gitsham, M. (2010) Leading Organisations of Tomorrow: organisational change through executive education, Mainstreaming Corporate Responsibility through executive education, co-hosted by EABIS and Fondazione ISTUD, Stresa, Italy, June

Adapting to a changing context: the role of management education

Gitsham, M. (2010) Adapting to a changing context: the role of management education, United Nations Global Compact Leaders' Summit 2010, Second Global Forum on Responsible Management Education, New York, USA, June

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow

Gitsham, M. (2010) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Responsible Management for a world in transition: Association of MBAs Annual International Deans and Directors Conference, Berlin, May

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow: Leadership in a changing world

Peters, B.K.G. & Gitsham, M. (2010) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow: Leadership in a changing world, Preparing for Change, Ashridge Consulting Client Forum, Ashridge, April

External HSBC Climate Partnership Earthwatch Learning Evaluation

Malnick, T. & Gitsham, M. (2010) External HSBC Climate Partnership Earthwatch Learning Evaluation, Ashridge Report

Towards a relational leadership framework

Dave Bond, Fiona Dent, Matt Gitsham and Dr. Vicki Culpin put forward a new framework to examine the need for the development of responsible, authentic and sustainable leadership to tackle some of the numerous challenges facing business and wider society.

Bond, D., Dent, F., Gitsham, M. & Culpin, Dr. V. (2010) Towards a relational leadership framework, 360° The Ashridge Journal, Summer, pp. 23 - 30

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Adapting to a changing context: the role of management education

CEO perspectives on the role of management education in helping organisations adapt to a changing context

Gitsham, M. (2010) Adapting to a changing context: the role of management education, UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), Ashridge and EABIS

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Times of Change

Roe, T. (2010) Times of Change, Network, The Ashridge Magazine, Issue 4, Summer, pp. 4 - 7

The Ashridge Perspective

Gitsham, M. (2010) The Ashridge Perspective, Network, The Ashridge Magazine, Issue 4, Summer, pp. 10 - 11

Unilever's willingness to set themselves specific and quantifiable targets makes this a defining moment in the sustainability revolution

A recent Harvard Business Review article argued that we are currently experiencing an industrial transformation - the sustainability revolution - to rival that of the major industrial transitions of recent times like globalisation, and the information age.

Gitsham, M. (2010) Unilever's willingness to set themselves specific and quantifiable targets makes this a defining moment in the sustainability revolution. Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 16 November

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Trendspotting at the United Nations Global Compact 2010 Leaders' Summit, and the implications for business schools

The United Nations Global Compact was formally launched in July 2000, with just 44 companies from around the world. The global Compact now, ten years on, has nearly 6000 corporate signatories from over 130 countries, and here in New York 1300 business leaders met to review progress and consider the next ten years.

Gitsham, M. (2010) Trendspotting at the United Nations Global Compact 2010 Leaders' Summit, and the implications for business schools, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 30 June

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Thoughts on Sustainability - Principles into Practice

Gitsham, M, & Peters B.K.G. (2010) Thoughts on Sustainability - Principles into Practice, Volume 2, Introduction by Kai Peters. Individual pieces available on Ashridge website

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Creating value from the shift to a low carbon economy

Gitsham, M. (2009) Creating value from the shift to a low carbon economy, Shortlisted Entries from The Ashridge Sustainable Innovation Award 2009, in association with EABIS and supported by HP and WWF.

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Different skillset is required

Gitsham, M. (2009) Different skillset is required, FT Soapbox (Jan Muehlfeit), 20 November

Leaders in the Making

Gitsham, M. (2009) Leaders in the Making, Edge (Institute of Leadership & Management), 1 March

Developing the Global leader of Tomorrow (v)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the global leader of Tomorrow (v), EFMD Global Focus, Issue 1

Travel broadens executive minds

Gitsham, M. (2009) Travel broadens executive minds, Financial Times, 29 January

Industry raps performance gap (ii)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Industry raps performance gap, Daily Telegraph, 15 January

Industry raps performance gap (i)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Industry raps performance gap, The Times Higher Education, 1 January

Management education and climate change

Gitsham, M. (2009) Management education and climate change, Presentation for UN PRME Conference, Copenhagen Business School on Climate change and Business School Curricula, Copenhagen, November

Sustainability and learning

Gitsham, M. (2009) Sustainability and learning, Workshop at Ashridge Future of Learning conference, August

Sustainability and leadership

Gitsham, M. (2009) Sustainability and leadership, Ashridge Briefing for HR Professionals, Germany, November

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (iv)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (iv), Presentation at Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum, Case Western Reserve University, June

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (iii)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (iii), Presentation at conference Global Leadership, Global Ethics, Ashridge Conference, May

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (ii)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (ii), Presentation for Ashridge Faculty, January

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (i)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (i), Leading in Turbulent Times, Presentation at Ashridge Client Day, February

Emerging Voices for Connected Leadership: Implications for Leadership Development

The presentation explored the challenge of foregrounding notions such as 'connectedness' and 'communication' as crucial elements of worldly leadership development - leadership which embraces diversity and sustainability.

Bond, D. & Gitsham, M. (2009) Emerging Voices for Connected Leadership: Implications for Leadership Development, Paper presented at the From Global to Worldly Leadership Symposium, The Leadership Trust, 6 - 7 May

Developing Skills for the 21st Century

Gitsham, M. & Peters, B.K.G. (2009) Developing Skills for the 21st Century, BizEd, the journal of the AACSB, September/October, pp. 8 - 9

Learning that connects: Sustainability and Learning

Gitsham, M. (2009) Learning that connects: Sustainability and Learning, Future of Learning Conference, Ashridge, August

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow Report - 2009

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Ashridge and EABIS report, June

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Leadership Skills for the 21st Century 2

Peters, B.K.G. & Gitsham, M. (2009) Leadership Skills for the 21st Century, Global Study Magazine, pp. 76 - 79

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Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow - 2009

Climate change and other pressing environmental and social issues urgently require transformational change. But, ask Kai Peters and Matt Gitsham, are business schools and HR departments up to the challenge?

Gitsham, M. & Peters, B.K.G. (2009) Developing the global leader of tomorrow, Global Focus: The EFMD Business Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 58 - 61

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Swedish State Secretary for Energy, Enterprise and Communications presents Ashridge Sustainable Innovation Award

The winners of the 2009 Ashridge Sustainable Innovation award have just been announced. The award is an essay competition run in association with the European Academy of Business in Society (AEBIS), Hewlett-Packard (HP) and WWF. Jonathan Alexander, a Masters student from the University of Bath, was awarded first place, with Luc Petit from Ashridge Business School placing second and Srikanth Madani from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland coming third.

Gitsham, M. (2009) Swedish State Secretary for Energy, Enterprise and Communications presents Ashridge Sustainable Innovation Award, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 3 December

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The shifting landscape of global challenges in the 21st century

Gitsham, M. & Peters, B.K.G. (2009) The shifting landscape of global challenges in the 21st century: what this means for what businesses want from tomorrow's leaders, BizEd (AACSB), September

Educating Managers for a sustainable future

Gitsham, M. & Ceasar, N. (2009) Educating Managers for a sustainable future, Sustain Magazine, September

Context, complexity and connectedness: dimensions of globalisation revealed

Bevan, D. & Gitsham, M. (2009) Context, complexity and connectedness: dimensions of globalisation revealed, Corporate Governance, The International Journal of Business in Society, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 435 - 447

Developing the Global Leaders of Tomorrow (xvii)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leaders of Tomorrow, Millian Master Guide to International Business Schools, May

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (xvi)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Workshop for Ashridge Faculty, December

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (vx)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Ashridge Briefing, A1 Tayer Group, Dubai, November

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (ivx)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Ashridge Briefing, Dubai for HR Professionals, November

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (xiii)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Ashridge Briefing, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, November

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (xii)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Ashridge Briefing for HR Professionals, Abu Dhabi, November

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (xi)

Gitsham, M. & Stubbings, A. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Presentation for the Conference Board, Brussels, October

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (x)

Gitsham, M. & van Heemstra, A. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Presentation for the UN Global Compact Netherlands Network Annual Symposium, Utrecht, October

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (ix)

Gitsham, M. & van Heemstra, A. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Ashridge Briefing for HR Professionals, Netherlands, October

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (viii)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Presentation at EABIS Colloquium, IESE, Barcelona, September

Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (vii)

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Presentation for Ashridge Faculty, April

Ashridge makes contribution to Copenhagen climate negotiations

Ashridge has made its own small but direct contribution to the COP15 Copenhagen climate negotiations. Ashridge was invited to participate in a United Nations forum convened at Copenhagen Business School on climate change and the implications for management education, as a feed-in event to the Copenhagen negotiations.

Gitsham, M. (2009) Ashridge makes contribution to Copenhagen climate negotiations, Ashridge on Sustainability Blog, 7 December

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Leadership development and today's global challenges

Gitsham, M. & Kunanayagam, R. (2009) Leadership development and today's global challenges, Workshop at GetEnergy Forum for Education and Training in the Oil and Gas sector, March

Ordinary heroes wanted: the need for determined and authentic leadership in pursuing sustainability goals

Gitsham, M. (2009) Ordinary heroes wanted: the need for determined and authentic leadership in pursuing sustainability goals, Ashridge InterfaceRAISE Seminar Series, March

Global leaders of tomorrow: the skills we need - are we building them?

Gitsham, M. (2009) Global leaders of tomorrow: the skills we need - are we building them?, Presented to the corporate network of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), April

Leadership skills for the 21st century

What skills do you need to lead in the face of today's global challenges? Are you fit to survive in this changing new world? Climate change and other pressing environmental and sustainability issues urgently require transformational change. In this article, Matthew Gitsham and Kai Peters challenge readers with the findings of Ashridge-led research presented to the united Nations in December 2008 which reveal that although 76% of senior executives say that leaders in their organisations need the knowledge and skills to respond, fewer than 8% believe they are currently developing them very effectively.

Gitsham, M. & Peters, B.K.G. (2009) Leadership skills for the 21st century, 360° The Ashridge Journal, Spring, pp. 17 - 21

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Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow (vi)

76% of CEOs and senior executives polled in a global survey conducted during the height of the 2008 financial crisis believe that it is important that senior executives have the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to trends like climate change, resource scarcity and doing business in emerging markets marked by poverty, corruption and human rights violations. But fewer than 8% believe that these knowledge and skills are currently being developed very effectively by either their own organisations or by business schools more broadly. There is clearly a strong demand for more and better executive education around sustainable development that is currently not being met. The Global Leaders of Tomorrow project is part of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) Corporate Knowledge and Learning Programme and has received financial support from the EABIS Founding Corporate Partners IBM, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Shell and Unilever. The project has been conducted in support of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative and will be launched at the Global Forum for Responsible Management Education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 4 December 2008. The research has been led by Ashridge Business School with Case Western Reserve University, the Center for Creative Leadership, China Europe International Business School, IEDC-Bled, IESE, INSEAD, Tecnologico de Monterrey, the University of Cape Town and the University of Waikato.

Gitsham, M. (2009) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Ashridge and EABIS

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Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow - 2008

76% of CEOs and senior executives polled in a global survey conducted during the height of the 2008 financial crisis believe that it is important that senior executives have the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to trends like climate change, resource scarcity and doing business in emerging markets marked by poverty, corruption and human rights violations. But fewer than 8% believe that these knowledge and skills are currently being developed very effectively by either their own organisations or by business schools more broadly. There is clearly a strong demand for more and better executive education around sustainable development that is currently not being met. The Global Leaders of Tomorrow project is part of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) Corporate Knowledge and Learning Programme and has received financial support from the EABIS Founding Corporate Partners IBM, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Shell and Unilever. The project has been conducted in support of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative and will be launched at the Global Forum for Responsible Management Education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 4 December 2008. The research has been led by Ashridge Business School with Case Western Reserve University, the Center for Creative Leadership, China Europe International Business School, IEDC-Bled, IESE, INSEAD, Tecnologico de Monterrey, the University of Cape Town and the University of Waikato.

Gitsham, M. (2008) Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, Conference Presentation at the Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 4 December

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Global Leaders of Tomorrow

Gitsham, M. (2008) Global Leaders of Tomorrow, EABIS Colloquium 2008, Leadership and Organisational Change, Cranfield University, September

Implementing the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education

Gitsham, M. (2008) Implementing the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, August

Managing Risk and Maintaining License to Operate: Participatory Planning and Monitoring in the Extractive Industries

This set of learning materials explores how communities and companies can employ participatory approaches to maximise sustainable local development benefits from the extraction of resources. It comprises a set of learning materials which can be tailored for use by experienced facilitators, a background paper and a self-learning guide.

Parker, R., Van Alstein, J., Gitsham, M., & Dakin, R. (2008) Managing Risk and Maintaining License to Operate: Participatory Planning and Monitoring in the Extractive Industries, International Finance Corporation

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Leadership for sustainable organisations

In this article, Matt Gitsham, Chris Gribben and Patricia Hind argue that to successfully embed corporate responsibility and sustainability within organisations, there needs to be a focus on developing the mindset and skills of individual managers, rather than simply introducing new policies and procedures.

Gitsham, M., Gribben, C. & Hind, P. (2008) Leadership for sustainable organisations, 360° The Ashridge Journal, Spring, pp. 28 - 34

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The UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME): Implications for Research

Gitsham, M. (2008) The UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME): Implications for Research, Conference presentation at the Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, United Nations Headquarters, New York, December

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Interview with André van Heemstra

Gitsham, M. (2008) Interview with André van Heemstra (former Global Board member and Global Head of HR, Unilever), Dutch Business Radio, 3 December

Food labelling: understanding consumer attitudes and behaviour

This research by Ashridge examines consumer attitudes to a range of environmental and social issues in relation to food, and the links between these attitudes, food labelling, and consumer shopping behaviour. The research report draws out important lessons for companies in the food and drink sector, as well as government and others.

Gitsham, M. (2007) Food labelling: understanding consumer attitudes and behaviour, presentation at Consumer Attitudes and Behaviours to Carbon Footprint Measurement and Environmental Sustainability, London, 30 October

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The Responsibilities of Business in a Knowledge Economy 2007

Gitsham, M. (2007) The Responsibilities of Business in a Knowledge Economy, The Ashridge MBA Essay Award 2007, Shortlisted Essays

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Integrating Corporate Responsibility

Gitsham, M. (2007) Integrating Corporate Responsibility, EABIS sixth annual colloquium, ESADE, Barcelona, September

The transformation of food consumption

Based on their recent research, Chris Gribben and Matt Gitsham examine changing consumer attitudes to food consumption and the implications and opportunities for food producers and retailers.

Gribben, C. & Gitsham, M. (2007) The transformation of food consumption, 360° The Ashridge Journal, Autumn, pp. 12 - 16

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Leadership Qualities and Management Competencies for Corporate Responsibility

Gitsham, M., Lenssen, G. & Roome, N. (2007) Leadership Qualities and Management Competencies for Corporate Responsibility, presentation to the Conference Board, Brussels, June

Transforming buying behaviours

Obesity and healthy eating, environmental footprints and labour standards in global supply chains:there are so many big issues about food in the media these days, with government, campaigning groups and companies competing for airtime to promote their positions. Chris and Matthew look at the view from the consumers, the role of food labels and show there are big opportunities for companies that get it right.

Gribben, C. & Gitsham, M. (2007) Transforming buying behaviours, Communique,Summer, p.2

UK food consumption transformed

Short article summarising Ashridge research on consumer attitudes and behaviour around food labelling.

Gribben, C. & Gitsham, M. (2007) UK food consumption transformed, Ethical Corporation Magazine, March

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Food labelling: understanding consumer attitudes and behaviour - 2007

This research by Ashridge examines consumer attitudes to a range of public health, environmental and social issues in relation to food, and the links between these attitudes, food labelling, and consumer shopping behaviour. The research report draws out important lessons for companies in the food and drink sector, as well as government and others.

Gribben, C. and Gitsham, M. (2007) Food labelling: understanding consumer attitudes and behaviour, Berkhamsted: Ashridge Report,

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How do you measure the impact of corporate citizenship at the local level in a zone of conflict?An examination of five approaches to understanding the case of BP in Casanare, Colombia

Through an examination of five diverse studies that have documented BP's experiences of operating in a conflict zone in Casanare, Colombia, this article draws out implications for how to measure the impact of corporate citizenship activities in zones of conflict.

Gitsham, M. (2007) How do you measure the impact of corporate citizenship at the local level in a zone of conflict?An examination of five approaches to understanding the case of BP in Casanare, Colombia, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Issue 28, Winter, pp. 31-42

How do you measure the impact of corporate citizenship at the local level in a zone of conflict? An examination of five approaches to understanding the case of BP in Casanare, Colombia - 2006

Through an examination of five diverse studies that have documented BP's experiences of operating in a conflict zone in Casanare, Colombia, this conference presentation draws out implications for how to measure the impact of corporate citizenship activities in zones of conflict.

Gitsham, M. (2006) How do you measure the impact of corporate citizenship at the local level in a zone of conflict? An examination of five approaches to understanding the case of BP in Casanare, Colombia, United Nations Global Compact International Academic Symposium, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana, 21 November

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Integrating Corporate Responsibility

Presentation summarising the concept of the Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme and the research done to develop it.

Gitsham, M. (2006) Integrating Corporate Responsibility, EABIS Fifth Annual Colloquium , SDA Bocconi, Milan, 11 September.

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What makes a responsible leader? The evolving agenda for management education for corporate responsibility

This conference presentation asks: What are the skills, competencies and knowledge required if responsible leadership is to be integrated across organisations, both by managers in general and by Corporate Responsibility specialists in particular? And what are the implications for management education?

Gitsham, M. (2006) What makes a responsible leader? The evolving agenda for management education for corporate responsibility, The Second International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Humboldt University Berlin, 13 October

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Introduction to CSR Reporting

An introduction to CSR Reporting, its history, why companies do it, and emerging trends and challenges

Gitsham, M. (2006) Introduction to CSR Reporting, Business Leaders' Forum Slovakia Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Bratislava, 26 April

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The Responsibilities of Business in a Knowledge Economy 2006

Gitsham, M. (ed) , (2006) The Responsibilities of Business in a Knowledge Economy, The Ashridge Best European MBA Essay Award - Shortlisted Entries, Ashridge

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Called to account

The new UK Freedom of Information Act is being used extensively by voluntary and community organisations, according to new research by Ashridge and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Here Chris Gribben and Matthew Gitsham explore why business should take note.

Gitsham, M. & Gribben, C. (2006) Called to account, 360° The Ashridge Journal, Spring, pp. 18 - 23

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Just Pensions - Will UK Pension Funds Become More Responsible?

Responsible business behaviour is becoming more important for UK pension funds, according to new Ashridge research commissioned by Just Pensions – a programme of the UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF). Pension fund trustees increasingly believe that long term shareholder value is impacted by factors such as good corporate governance, quality of customer relations, effective environmental management, communication and transparency on social and environmental practices and good employment practices. This is translating into changing investment practice, with significant growth in the number of funds engaging with investee companies and exercising voting rights. A majority of trustees also believe government should introduce more legislation and regulation in this area.

Gribben, C. & Gitsham, M. (2006) Will UK Pension Funds Become More Responsible?, Just Pensions/Ashridge Research

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The Changing Face of Corporate Responsibility

Gitsham, M. (2005) The Changing Face of Corporate Responsibility, Communique, Winter, p. 2.

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The Body Shop's 2005 Values Report - cleaner, but not sparkling

Gitsham, M. (2005) The Body Shop's 2005 Values Report - cleaner, but not sparkling, Ethical Corporation Magazine, December.

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An Assessment of HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004

Gitsham, M. (2005) An Assessment of HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004, Ethical Corporation Magazine, September.

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Corporate Responsibility: a learning guide

This guide forms part of a series of management learning guides compiled by Ashridge and available through the Ashridge Virtual Learning Resource Centre. The guide contains an overview of key ideas and issues in corporate responsibility, practical development activities and signposts to further useful resources. Ashridge learning guides are designed to give busy managers an accessible introduction to key management topics.

Gitsham, M. (2005) Corporate Responsibility, Ashridge Learning Resource Centre Learning Guides.

Called to Account - The impact of the Freedom of Information Act

The UK Freedom of Information Act has been used extensively by voluntary and community organisations in the first six months of its life. This research indicates that since January 2005 when the Act came into force, more than 18,000 voluntary and community organisations made at least one request for information from public bodies. The research also points to the Act becoming a widely used campaigning tool, with 50,000 organisations having plans to make future requests under the Act. Voluntary organisations are using the Act to find out how public bodies arrive at decisions, and whose voices are listened to in the decision-making process – does government take the views of voluntary organisations into account and is too much weight given to companies? Campaigning is a key area of work for the voluntary and community sector and the Freedom of Information Act can be a valuable tool in campaigning. This research shows that where organisations are aware of the Act they have made use of it in their work and think it is a powerful tool to promote accountability and change. But the research also shows that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the Act and its potential. The Freedom of Information Act will also have a major impact on how business interacts with government – the research shows upwards of 20,000 voluntary organisations have plans to make requests about this. Not only will the legislation bring a new accountability to the way in which companies lobby government, it may also reveal a few skeletons in the closet.

Gitsham, M. & Gribben, C. (2005) Called to Account - The impact of the Freedom of Information Act

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Catalogue of CSR Activities: A broad overview

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a challenge, as despite all the talk, many people simply do not know what it means. This catalogue provides a valuable and simple overview of what CSR means in practice for individuals and their organisations.

Olsen, L. & Gitsham, M. (2005) Catalogue of CSR Activities: A broad overview, Ashridge Report, September.

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Review of Diageo's Corporate Citizenship Report 2004

Gitsham, M. (2005) Review of Diageo's Corporate Citizenship Report 2004, Ethical Corporation Magazine, 1 February .

Rice or Ricin? Multiculturalism in a Time of War

Current UK public policy is seeking simultaneously to win support for the British government’s policy in Iraq and on counter-terrorism while not increasing racial tension in the UK. Bellicose rhetoric about Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein can easily exacerbate antipathy towards Muslim communities. The civil disturbances in English northern towns in the summer of 2001 showed that Muslim communities are already resented by white communities in some places. According to the official inquiries after the disturbances, some poorer white people in communities with high male unemployment and social disadvantage feel that the help available through, for example, regeneration funds, is disproportionately going to black and minority ethnic communities. Across the UK as a whole, black and minority ethnic people may be worse off than white people, but as far as local circumstances in these communities are concerned, white people are (in their probably accurate view) no better off. The left-behind are fighting amongst themselves for the consolation prizes of national prosperity.

Gitsham, M. & Lemos, G. (2004) Rice or Ricin? Multiculturalism in a Time of War, Thresholds (Journal of Counterpoint, The British Council's Cultural Relations Thinktank), Spring/Summer.

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Review of The 2003 Shell Report and Behind the Shine: The Other Shell Report

Gitsham, M. (2004) Review of The 2003 Shell Report and Behind the Shine: The Other Shell Report, Ethical Corporation Magazine, 1 September.

Review of BP's 2003 Sustainability Report

Gitsham, M. (2004) Review of BP’s 2003 Sustainability Report, Ethical Corporation Magazine, 1 July.

Review of GAP’s 2003 Corporate Responsibility Report

Gitsham, M. (2004) Review of GAP’s 2003 Corporate Responsibility Report, Ethical Corporation Magazine, 1 June.

Review of Bayer Sustainable Development Report 2004

Gitsham, M. (2004) Review of Bayer Sustainable Development Report 2004, Ethical Corporation Magazine, 1 October.

Review of Total Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2003

Gitsham, M. (2004) Review of Total Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2003, Ethical Corporation Magazine, 1 October.