Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability

The Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability (ACBAS) supports the development of thought leadership in the areas of leadership, strategy and change.  It focuses on how ideas and practice are changing.


The Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability (ACBAS) conducts research into the implications of sustainable development for leadership, strategy and change in organisations. Established in 1996, the centre is a hub for faculty across Ashridge. It works in partnership with leading companies and networks to understand how organisations are changing in response to issues of sustainability.

ACBAS research focuses on sustainable organisational development, and the subsequent implications for leadership, strategy and change.

Recent research conducted by ACBAS has investigated collaborative leadership approaches for systemic change, focusing on the future implications for organisational approaches to strategy and innovation.
Ashridge's research into sustainability is regularly published in management reports and peer reviewed articles. It also features regularly in the media and informs the design and content of Ashridge's programmes and consulting work.
Matt Gitsham

The ACBAS team

The Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability is led by its Director, Matt Gitsham, and consists of a diverse team of faculty, associates and visiting fellows from across the disciplines within Ashridge.

The team combines an expertise in leadership, strategy, organisational change, marketing and innovation with extensive knowledge of related fields including ecology, economics, sociology, anthropology, political economy and psychology.

We also frequently form partnerships with other research centres and leading organisations.


Projects and publications

ACBAS projects focus on the increasingly complex and global challenges facing organisations and leaders. These include: how organisations learn about and approach collaborative leadership for systemic change, and what the implications of these changes might mean for organisational capabilities.

Current and recent ACBAS research projects include: Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, an evaluation of the UN Global Compact LEAD, and an ongoing enquiry into the emerging discipline of brand substance.

ACBAS research is regularly published in academic and management reports. For more information about ACBAS publications, please visit our publications database.

ACBAS event

News and events

Members of ACBAS publish and speak regularly about business and sustainability. Visit the events page for details of forthcoming events.