Alumni are invited to join Dr Leila Alinaghian, Senior Lecturer and Course Director of MSc in Management, Leading Complex Change, for an online webinar enititled "Social impact in action: the case of social procurement movement". In this webinar, Dr Leila Alinaghian will focus on the crucial role that corporate-buyers play in progressing the social procurement movement and discuss best practices, challenges and opportunities across different stages. She will conclude by reflecting on the future and how the social procurement can move forward. 

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Social impact in action: the case of social procurement movement - Dr Leila Alinaghian 




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Dr Leila Alinaghian
, Senior Lecturer and Course Director of MSc in Management, Leading Complex Change. 

Dr Leila Alinaghian joined Cranfield School of Management in August 2015. Prior to joining Cranfield, Leila was part of the University of Cambridge Centre for International Manufacturing's strategy team and she was involved in case study research that supports the EPSRC Centres for innovative manufacturing. She also founded and ran the Research Capability Development programme at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. Leila holds an MPhil and a PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management from the University of Cambridge. She was a Trust Scholar at University Cambridge and her research was nominated for best PhD research award and best paper award at the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society.

Lecture summary

Social impact in action: the case of social procurement movement

While the increasingly debated idea of sustainable value creation makes businesses accountable for generating economic value without harm to society and environment, some businesses have gone beyond minimising harm to set their primary purpose as addressing a social problem. Central to their very identity, the social cause drives these businesses to work proactively towards solutions for pressing problems and bring about positive changes. This is not limited to social enterprises or NGOs anymore; private-sector businesses are more and more engaging in new practices to address complex multi-layered global social challenges.

Social procurement is one of these emerging practices. Social procurement is when corporates use their buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the goods and services being procured. Since its emergence, the social procurement movement has developed through various developmental stages. 

Location & travel details

Online via Zoom.

Who should attend

All alumni. 

Cost & concessions

This event is free to attend.