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Joanne Watts

Dr Jo (Joanne) Watts PhD, MSc, MRes, FHEA, CIPD

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable and Responsible Business


Summary

I am the Business Studies Course Leader, I have worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 2015 and prior to that worked in roles in the private, public and third sector and have recently successfully completed a PhD. I bring this wealth of experience to my teaching practice, focusing on real responses to the practical challenges faced by contemporary business.

As well as leading the Business Studies Course and supporting students over the duration of their degree, I teach on key modules that form an integral part of the course. This includes final year the final Business Consultancy Project module where students develop insight and make recommendations in response to real business issues.

Additionally other modules and areas of interest sit with the challenges of sustainable and responsible business. In this area, I support students to identify and grapple with this dynamic and critical aspect of business studies.

Prior to entering academia, I worked at senior levels that had a strong emphasis on strategic, organisational, and individual development. My work has contributed to funding bids that supported participative, asset-based approaches to strategic initiatives.

I am involved in pedagogical research projects that emphasise the importance of the student voice in shaping assessment projects and addressing the need and tensions in relation to sustainability. My doctoral research considers the evolution of discourses that frame non-profit collaboration and the subsequent implications for the non -profit sector.

About

I am the Business Studies Course Leader, I have worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 2015 and prior to that worked in roles in the private, public and third sector and have recently successfully completed a PhD. I bring this wealth of experience to my teaching practice, focusing on real responses to the practical challenges faced by contemporary business.

As well as leading the Business Studies Course and supporting students over the duration of their degree, I teach on key modules that form an integral part of the course. This includes final year the final Business Consultancy Project module where students develop insight and make recommendations in response to real business issues.

Additionally other modules and areas of interest sit with the challenges of sustainable and responsible business. In this area, I support students to identify and grapple with this dynamic and critical aspect of business studies.

Prior to entering academia, I worked at senior levels that had a strong emphasis on strategic, organisational, and individual development. My work has contributed to funding bids that supported participative, asset-based approaches to strategic initiatives.

I am involved in pedagogical research projects that emphasise the importance of the student voice in shaping assessment projects and addressing the need and tensions in relation to sustainability. My doctoral research considers the evolution of discourses that frame non-profit collaboration and the subsequent implications for the non -profit sector.

Teaching

Department of Management

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Sustainability applied; the perspective of giving students a voice in Sheffield Business School. Ongoing research involving alumni and current students.

Subject Area

  • Department of Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainable and Responsible Business

Courses

  • Business Studies
  • MBA
  • MSc in Coaching and Mentoring

Modules

  • MBA Enterprise
  • MBA strategy
  • MSc Coaching and Mentoring
  • Business Consultancy
  • Implementing Strategy and Change
  • Responsible and Ethical Business Practice
  • Strategic Management
  • Business' in Practice
  • Strategic Management
  • Enterprise Change and Creativity
  • Contemporary Organisations

Research

Calver, J., Littlewood, G., Duffy, M., & Watts, J. (2022). Wearing your ethics: The sustainability gap between purchasing intentions versus actions. The case of generation z students. In Darabi, F. (Ed.) BAM 2022 Conference, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, 2022 - 2 September 2022. The British Academy of Management: https://www.bam.ac.uk/events-landing/conference.html

Watts, J., & Duffy, M. (2020). Operationalising Theory; a Framework to Explore How Policy Guides Organisational Action. In BAM 2020 Conference in the Cloud, Virtual conference, 2 September 2020 - 4 September 2020. Oxford Abstracts: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/1520/secure/program-app/submission/206493

Duffy, M., & Watts, J. (2020). Earning the commitment of millennials, the secret weapon of Corporate Social Responsibility. In British Academy of Management 2020 In the Cloud Conference, Manchester, UK (Virtual), 2 September 2020 - 4 September 2020. British Academy of Management: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/1520/secure/program-app/submission/206494

PRESENTATIONS

Duffy, M., & Watts, J. (2022). Sustainability applied; the perspective of giving students a voice in Sheffield Business School. Presented at: Advance HE Island of Ireland Symposium 2022, Dublin, Ireland, 2022

Duffy, M., & Watts, J. (2021). Incremental Formative Feedback for Success in Responsible and Ethical Business Practice. Presented at: Sheffield Business School Green Day Conference, 2021

Duffy, M., Watts, J.L., Ainsworth, B., Amin, R., Cronk, H., & Jones, L. (2021). Co-creating sustainability and responsibility: Exploring students perceptions of the classroom / workplace relationship. Presented at: Sustainability symposium: Facing forward with Sustainability - Principles, Progress and Partnership, Virtual, 2021

Watts, J. (2016). The future of the Voluntary Action in Unsettled times. Collaboration among non-profit organisations in policy discourse.

Marc Duffy - https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/staff-profiles/marc-duffy#firstSection

Publications

Conference papers

Calver, J., Littlewood, G., Duffy, M., & Watts, J. (2022). Wearing your ethics: The sustainability gap between purchasing intentions versus actions. The case of generation z students. In Darabi, F. (Ed.) BAM 2022 Conference, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, 2022 - 2 September 2022. The British Academy of Management: https://www.bam.ac.uk/events-landing/conference.html

Watts, J., & Duffy, M. (2020). Operationalising Theory; a Framework to Explore How Policy Guides Organisational Action. In BAM 2020 Conference in the Cloud, Virtual conference, 2 September 2020 - 4 September 2020. Oxford Abstracts: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/1520/secure/program-app/submission/206493

Duffy, M., & Watts, J. (2020). Earning the commitment of millennials, the secret weapon of Corporate Social Responsibility. In British Academy of Management 2020 In the Cloud Conference, Manchester, UK (Virtual), 2 September 2020 - 4 September 2020. British Academy of Management: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/1520/secure/program-app/submission/206494

Presentations

Duffy, M., & Watts, J. (2021). Incremental Formative Feedback for Success in Responsible and Ethical Business Practice. Presented at: Sheffield Business School Green Day Conference, 2021

Duffy, M., Watts, J.L., Ainsworth, B., Amin, R., Cronk, H., & Jones, L. (2021). Co-creating sustainability and responsibility: Exploring students perceptions of the classroom / workplace relationship. Presented at: Sustainability symposium: Facing forward with Sustainability - Principles, Progress and Partnership, Virtual, 2021

Watts, J. (2016). The future of the Voluntary Action in Unsettled times. Collaboration among non-profit organisations in policy discourse.

Postgraduate supervision

Non profits, NPO collaborations, discursive research methods.

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