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Rory Ridley Duff

Dr Rory Ridley-Duff

Reader In Co-Operative And Social Enterprise


Dr Rory Ridley-Duff is Professor of Cooperative Social Entrerpreneurship at Sheffield Business School and a research leader in the Departmen of Management. His work has led to an expansion of interest in social enterprise education worldwide, and his key text Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice is a resource for degree courses all over the world. In addition to an extensive list of publications on social enterprise, industrial relations and corporate governance, he has been a keynote speaker at conferences in the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Indonesia, Montenegro, Croatia and France. His current projects include a Horizon 20/20 project ("NEMESIS") on social innovation education in schools, an Erasmus+ project ("FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation") developing FairShares incubators in Hungary, Croatia, Germany, Holland and the UK, a COST Action ("EMPOWER-SE") which is investing heavily in the next generation of social enterprise scholars.

His research on multi-stakeholder governance in the social economy has been recognised for its real-world impact and informed the creation of a network of academics, consultants and social entrepreneurship who advance a FairShares Model of co-operative social enterprise (see FairShares Association Ltd).  A company formed in 2015 will "protect, develop and promote the FairShares Model for use by associations, companies, co-operatives, consultants and educators".  

He is a board member of:

UK Society for Co-operative Studies

Social Enterprise International Ltd

FairShares Association Ltd

Co-operatives and Social Enterprise Support Ltd

He is also a member / fellow of: 

The EMES Research Network (Institutional Member)

Co-operative College (Member)

RSA (Fellow)

Higher Education Authority (Fellow)

  • About


    • 2008: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Learning and Teaching, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2005: PhD Communitarian Perspectives on Corporate Governance, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2002: Cert HE - Business Studies, University of Leeds
    • 1986: BMus Music, University of London

    Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise

    Teaching expertise

    • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
    • Post Graduate Research - DBA
    • Post Graduate Research - MRes
    • Post Graduate Research - PhD
    • PRME


    • Business Education
    • Human Resource Management
    • Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

    Industry Links

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  • Teaching

    Sheffield Business School


    2014 to present: Organisation Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Publications

    Journal article: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. (2015), 'The FairShares Model', Ekonomski Vjesnik / Econviews - Review of Contemporary Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Issues, vol 28, no 1, pp. 43-66

    Journal article: Seanor, P. BULL, M. Baines, S. RIDLEY-DUFF, R. (2013), 'Narratives of transition from social to enterprise: you can’t get there from here!', International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, vol 19, no 3, pp. 324-343

    Book chapter: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. COULE, T. BULL, M. (2016), 'Management Ideologies' Understanding social enterprise: Theory and practice (2nd edition) , Ridley-Duff, R. and Bull, M. eds, Sage Publications, London, London, pp. 265-88

    Book chapter: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. BULL, M. (2014), 'Entrepreneurship: Social Innovation for Value Creation' Principles of Responsible Management, Roger N. Conaway & Oliver Laasch eds, South-Western College Publishing, pp. 186-219

    Book chapter: COULE, T. RIDLEY-DUFF, R. (2011), 'Governance, HRM and employee relations' Understanding social enterprise: Theory and Practice, Ridley-Duff, R. & Bull, M eds, Sage Publications, London, London, pp. 172-192

    Conference Paper: BOSTOCK, J. BREESE, R. RIDLEY-DUFF, R. (2016), 'Turnaround in response to extreme financial shocks: case studies of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB’s) in the UK (Development Paper)'. Paper presented at British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. BULL, M. GILLIGAN, C. BARTON, R. HURST, J. (2015), ''Frameworks for Social Enterprise Education: comparing the ARIADNE Project, ICA Blueprint, PRME Principles and FairShares Model''. Paper presented at EMES Research Conference, Helsinki. 1-3.7.15

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. GILLIGAN, C. HURST, J. BULL, M. BARTON, R. (2015), ''Pedagogy and Curriculum design: Frameworks for Social Enterprise Education''. Paper presented at Glasgow. 11-12.11.2015

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. (2015), 'The FairShares Model: a communitarian pluralist approach to constituting social enterprises?",",paper to Work'. Paper presented at Skoll Research Colloquium on Social Entrepreneurship, Warwick University

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. (2014), 'The FairShares Model: an ethical approach to social enterprise development?'. Paper presented at Keynote presentation to 13th International Congress of the Association of Public and Non-Profit Marketing Conference, Faculty of Economics in Osijek

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. BULL, M. (2014), 'An Embedded Communitarian Pluralist Approach to Social Enterprise Development'. Paper presented at Sheffield Business School SIGs Conference, Sheffield

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. De Normanville, C. (2014), 'Workforce Participation: learning from the co-operative sector'. Paper presented at International Co-operative Alliance Research Conference, Pula University

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. Duncan, G. (2012), 'Appreciative Inquiry as a method of transforming identity and power in Pakistani women'. Paper presented at NCVO Research Conference, University of Birmingham & SCUTREA Adult and Well-Being Conference, University of Leicester

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. Duncan, G. (2012), 'Critical appreciative processes as a methodology for studying the production of consciousness'. Paper presented at International Social Innovation Research Conference, Birmingham University & SCUTREA Adult Education and Well-Being Conference, University of Leicester

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. (2010), 'Critical ethnography in a social enterprise: developing a contingent ethical approach to fieldwork'. Paper presented at Social Enterprise and Business Ethics Symposium, Henley Management Centre

    Conference Paper: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. BENNETT, A. (2010), 'Towards mediation: developing a theoretical framework to understand alternative dispute resolution'. Paper presented at British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, Leeds University

    Conference Speaker: GILLIGAN, C. RIDLEY-DUFF, R. HURST, J. (2015), ''Evaluating Masters level curriculum redesign to incorporate PRME principles'', in Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Conference - From Millennium Development, to Sustainable Development Goals: A Vision for Responsible Management Post 2015. PRME Regional Chapter UK and Ireland, 2nd Annual Conference, 29-30.6.15, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Conference

    Other: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. HURST, J. (2014), 'Responsible Management in the Cooperative Movement: A Report by Sheffield Business School. [Online]'

    Other: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. Ponton, A. (2011), 'Member-employee engagement project: Developing a theoretical model for funded and commercial research'

    Other: RIDLEY-DUFF, R. Schofield, R. (2011), 'Review of The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook - For the Voluntary Sector Review'

  • Other activities


    • 2016: Best Paper in Track - Social Enterprise Education, International Social Innovation Research Conference
    • 2011: Best Research and Knowledge Paper in Conference, Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, United Kingdom
    • 2011: 2011 Outstanding Paper Award - Social Enterprise Journal, Emerald Award, United Kingdom

    Research funding or grant

    • 2017: Research Partner, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2016: European FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation, European Commission, Belgium
    • 2009: Big Lottery Research Grant, Big Lottery, United Kingdom

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