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Activities and highlights

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Centre philosophy

Since its inception, the JMCR has applied psychological principles to understanding relationships. The JMCR focuses its research activities specifically on creating and evaluating pro-social impact, building trust between stakeholders and positive relationships between business and society.

Research streams actively pursued within JMCR include:

  • Pro-social behaviour (humanizing instead of demonizing others)
  • Engaged relationships (positive reputations and identities, trust/distrust, supportive behaviours)
  • Responsible leadership (decision-making, emotions, empathy, corporate responsibility, balancing the needs of stakeholders)
  • Better communication (by organizations, governments, stakeholders and society)
  • Succeeding through adversity (resilience, well-being, social and environmental innovation, reputation-recovery)

We maintain an orientation towards independently conducted rigorous research, which can attract external funding and publication in high-impact academic outlets. Our research also intends to help individuals, organisations, and society as a whole, to build lasting relationships and positive identities, and to beneficially inform policy and practice.

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The JMCR welcomes visiting scholars with research interests in related areas.

PhD applications from students with interest in our core themes are also highly encouraged.

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Reputation and Responsibility: South Africa study trip

As part of our MBA module in Reputation &Responsibility, some MBA cohorts travel to Cape Town (South Africa) and spend a week working on consulting projects with local NGOs, trying to understand and improve their key stakeholder relationships.

In the video below, Mdu Dube, Director at Autism Western Cape (an organisation one of our MBA teams worked with in November 2018) explains how the project has impacted the organisation.

The stories below provide even more insight into the impact of the study trip on our MBA programme members:

Henley Blog: A life-affirming experience in South Africa
Graham Hutchings (EM17)

“It was a truly life-affirming experience, and now I see why it was billed so highly!”


Henley Blog: How I benefited from an MBA

Alexandra Bamburova (EM15)

“Social action gives students the mentality, ‘Oh, I can do something for someone else and I am doing it. This makes me feel really good.'”
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JMCR Impact Partnership

What is the Henley JMCR Impact Partnership?

The partnership is network and trusted infrastructure for leaders to continue to share, develop and grow together, supporting one another and sharing best practice from Henley in building positive impacts through stakeholder relationships. The partnership leverages Henley’s unique global position connecting leaders in Denmark, Finland, the UK and Africa through.

There is a strong presence of organisations and leaders from the Reputation and Responsibility Immersion Visit to South Africa. Much of the focus is to drive positive societal impacts in the South African context.

What is involved in being a member?

As a member of the Impact partnership, you will be invited to online workshops and events. There are normally 2 or 3 events each year and they last in the region of 1.5 to 2 hours at a time. Workshops will be interactive, and you will be free to join events as per your availability, there are no attendance requirements.

Topics for online events 2024 include ‘building and leading successful teams’ and ‘building resonance with relationships. You will be invited to in person events and conferences too.

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Impact Partnership, 7 February 2024

Leading a Successful Team – Building Motivation and Performance

In this interactive session Professor Kevin Money shared insights about how to build and maintain team performance. The session allowed attendees to better identify and positively label the roles that members of their team played and to identify areas of collective weakness in their team. The session was interactive and there was space for participants to share and learn from each other.

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One Day Impact Partnership Event, 18th March 2024

Leading for Sustainability and Societal Impact

This was a personal leadership programme for people who wanted to better identify, label and communicate their strengths and purpose. It was for leaders to increase their orientation and effectiveness in generating positive societal and sustainable impacts. Importantly, it connected leaders from the Reputation and Responsibility Immersion visit to South Africa (both NGO’s in SA and MBA participants) in a way that allowed the network to continue and have impact.

Morning Summary: A Human Approach to Sustainability and Societal Impact

This day focused on helping participants define their purpose and legitimacy as a leader. It covered the following aspects: What is sustainability? What is a human approach to sustainability and societal impact? What are your key strengths as a leader? How can you define your purpose in a way that builds on your strengths and fosters support from stakeholders?

Afternoon: Sharing Current Challenges and Brainstorming Solutions

This day focused on NGO leaders sharing their key challenges and issues in a safe environment and seeking insights from the wider group. Sub-groups were created to look into issues in more depth and consider how issues could be overcome in practice.


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Impact Partnership, 15 May 2024

You know more than you think you know – Exploring the gap between what you know and what you communicate

In this interactive online event Professor Doug Saddy and Barry Van Zyl drew on insights from the world of neuroscience and music to help attendees make better sense of the world around them : To better understand when and how they can trust their intuition and to consider how they could better resonate and connect with themselves and others.

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Contact us

Get in touch to find out how you can get involved in our research and activities: