Projects

The Center for Shared Value is currently involved in the following projects and activities. We are available to extend our range of Research by collaborating with further private and public organisations.

 

 

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Shared Value Living Lab, namely the creation of a shared value through a partnership between Universitiy and companies.

The project consists in the creation of a "laboratory of ideas", which is a working group composed of students of the school of Management and economics, under the supervision of faculty representatives, research and test possible solutions to the problems of companies concerning the economic, social and environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and the network economy.

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CSR for You TOOL is a web tool co-financed by an EU-funded project called LOIEs (Lessons and Options for an Integrated European approach to CSR) that involves several partner from different Eu countries. It can be reached at www.csr4utool.org and aims at measuring organisations' Corporate Social Responsability performance,  it results in a benchmarking process of the most used Eu reporting guidelines, both for profit and not-for-profit organisation as GRI - INGO,UN Global Compact,AA1000 (Stakeholder engagement), GBS (Gruppo di Studio sul Bilancio Sociale), ISO 26000, Confindustria SMEs guidelines.


Shared Value  and Risk Management for the Supply Chain.

The Center, together with a relevant number of private companies, is driving the debate about the adoption of common guidelines on risk management and sustainability for the supply chain.


Business Network contracts.

Companies’ relationships are becoming a crucial strategy in today’s business, especially for Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) whose competitiveness has been undermined by several multi-sector crises, lack of proper resources and recently by governmental austerity policies. SMEs are looking for effective types of mutual cooperation by leveraging common practices, knowledge and innovation. Although European policy makers are really engaged in fostering SME competitiveness by suggesting inter-organisational strategies, SMEs are still facing a lack of common principles and common forms of contractual coordination. Recently, only a few countries’ regulators developed formal models to enhance collaboration. The sole examples being the Italian law on business network contracts adopted in 2009 (as per Decrees n. 5/2009 and 78/2010), and the German cluster networks. The Italian law on business network contracts points out strategic goals and mutual activities of SMEs that want to build a network. Since its adoption more than 300 formal networks involving more than 1,700 companies have been incorporated. Therefore, given the current Italian crisis, it is timely and important to assess the effectiveness of this formal inter-organisational policy and to address its real outcomes in term of effective SME competitiveness. Specifically, the aim of this study is to address if networking aims (inter-organisational aims), which have been jointly stated and signed on network contracts, have contributed to SME growth and competitiveness in the period 2009-2012.