Why I Chose to Work With C-suite Executives

My conviction to do doctoral research work with C-suite executives, especially in Nigeria, on  advancement of corporate sustainability performance (CSP) is getting firmer with each passing day. The more I reflect on the breadth and depth of problems plaguing humanity, for which business must take the lead in tackling, the clearer I see several reasons to work with C-suite executives.
One of these reasons is that although C-suite executives largely provide strategic leadership in organizations, there is insufficient knowledge about their impact on firm performance, including CSP. Therefore, investigating in collaboration with C-suite executives how they drive advancement of CSP, an important present-day issue, is all the more necessary because sustainability is a step-by-step journey where they matter very much.
The second reason I chose to work with C-suite executives is my philosophical position, or my views on knowledge and knowing. I believe that the world is characterized by multiple, similarly tenable, socially-constructed realities. Correspondingly, there are several, equally tenable, socially-constructed realities about leadership capabilities for advancing CSP as Nigerian organizations evolve to sustainability. I also assume that knowledge, of the world and realities, is best acquired through researcher-participant interaction, interpretation of phenomena from participants’ perspectives and extraction of technical accounts from them using my researcher’s lenses. Therefore, knowledge of how Nigeria’s C-suite executives drive advancement of CSP can be very well acquired by collaboration with top managers in this study, interpretation of phenomena from participants’ perspectives and extraction of technical accounts from them using my researcher’s lenses.
A third reason, related to the second, is the compelling desire for one’s research to transcend being rigorous to being of great practical relevance to those in, as well those who aspire to be in, the upper echelons of the corporate world.

To sum up, I declare that I am all for collaboration with C-Suite executives to co-create knowledge on advancement of CSP that will give practically useful insights to management practitioners for the good of all.

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Pius O. Ughakpoteni

Currently a doctoral candidate at Business School Lausanne, Pius is an adept Ex-Journalist-turned-Public Relations, Management and Futuristic Sustainability Leadership Practitioner-Researcher. Passionate about continuous professional development, Pius earned three Master’s degrees from three universities in England in six years. These are: Master of Science in Business and Management Research from Henley Business School at University of Reading (2017); Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria (2014) as well as Master of Arts in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John University (2013). He got a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Management from the University of Calabar in 1991. The following year, he began his working career as a Management Assistant. Two years later, he veered into Journalism as a Researcher/Reporter at Nigeria’s THISDAY newspaper. Pius worked on the Business, Energy and Politics desks in several newspapers, and eventually became Associate Editor of Leadership newspaper before he joined the public service. Since 2004, he has risen from Senior Manager position to Deputy Director at the Niger Delta Development Commission, an organisation set up by an Act of the Nigerian parliament to facilitate the sustainable development of the country’s Niger Delta region. Pius's areas of expertise include: Writing, Research, Public Relations, Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement. His research interests lie at the intersection of leadership, sustainability, innovation, change and strategy implementation. He is fascinated by collaboration and constructive engagement for change as well as by questions around how to work with top executives to advance corporate sustainability performance for the good of all.

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