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Meaning and Purpose Network: Why Purpose Matters in the Return from Lockdown - 29 July 2020

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In this latest webinar from the King’s Business School Meaning and Purpose Network, we explore why organisational purpose is more important than ever as we return from lockdown to face an uncertain future.

In his presentation, Loughlin Hickey, Trustee of Blueprint for Better Business, focuses on the role of purpose in organisational thriving. Dr Miriam Feuls of Copenhagen Business School presents a detailed case study of a Danish dairy corporation that illustrates the central role played by time horizons in developing an actionable sustainability and innovation agenda.

Event Schedule/Timings:

12.00-12.05 Introduction

12.05-12.20 Loughlin Hickey: Business as a Human System

12.20-12.30 Q&A

12.30-12.45 Miriam Feuls: Making Long-Term Goals Actionable

12.45-12.55 Q&A

12.55-13.00 Concluding Thoughts

Loughlin Hickey, founding Trustee of Blueprint for Better Business, will discuss how the organisation thinks about business and its role in society - before, during and after the pandemic.

Loughlin Hickey is one of the founding Trustees of Blueprint for Better Business and is also an Senior Adviser to Blueprint. Blueprint is a charity that exists to to help businesses to be inspired and guided by a purpose that serves society.

He trained as a chartered accountant and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; training and qualifying at a small accountancy firm and then becoming a tax specialist at KPMG where he developed a 30-year career. Between 2005-2011 Loughlin became Global Head of Tax and member of the Global Executive Team at the firm.

In his role as a Senior Adviser, Loughlin has helped develop the tools that makes the underlying thinking and provenance of Blueprint accessible and practical. He helps businesses develop a way to use the Blueprint thinking to develop their own path to being a purpose led business. He also represents Blueprint in presenting a more human-centric view of business to business school students and experts in the field of purposeful business research.

Loughlin was also on the advisory panel for the Cabinet Office Mission Led Business Review and the Centre for Social Justice's report on Making Business Work for All. He is a contributor to The Purposeful Company project run by the Big Innovation Centre; alongside being the co-founding member of UK21 (see which is a forum to help create an economy that works better for people and planet .

Loughlin was also a Governor at Heythrop College , the specialist philosophy and theology college of the University of London. He was made a Fellow of Heythrop college in 2019.

Miriam Feuls is a PostDoc at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School.

Miriam Feuls is a PostDoc at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. Her primary research areas are organization and management theory, creativity and innovation, and innovation and organization. Her work is interdisciplinary, but tends to centre on temporality, the role of future in organizations, and interconnectedness, which she has empirically researched in the context of food, sustainability, creative businesses, (digital) technology, and social media. Currently, she conducts research on the role of time and temporality in processes concerning innovating towards a sustainable future.

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29 July 2020

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