Advancing, step by step, on the Corporate Sustainability Academic Turf

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 is unquestionably a remarkable day for me on several notes. One, it is the birthday of one of my daughters. One of my earliest assignments of the day was to convey best wishes to and pray for her. Plus, of course, sending her plenty of cakes and loads of drinks on WhatsApp. Not too long after, I received the cheery news that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had scaled all the hurdles to emerge the Director-General designate of the World Trade Organization.

While I was luxuriating in the pleasure of the foregoing, I found out that I had earned a milestone of 1,000 reads for my research items on ResearchGate (Please see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pius_O_Ughakpoteni/achievement/5f97b85650ef3ccad2356531 https://twitter.com/PiusUghakpoteni/status/1321023674649116673?s=20 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/piusughakpoteni_pius-o-ughakpoteni-achievement-activity-6726788229808304128-7QcM).

This exciting development led me to another interesting finding when I decided to look at my Author Page on Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a website which aims to rapidly disseminate social science research and facilitate communication among researchers. I found that one of my works (Ughakpoteni, Pius O., Top Management and Leadership Antecedents of Corporate Sustainability Performance: A Scoping Review (June 12, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3107763 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3107763) had been cited by two scholars from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada in a paper published in the Journal of Management & Organization (Sheppard, J., & Young, J. (2020). Addressing sustainable development goals for confronting climate change: Insights and summary solutions in the stress stupidity system. Journal of Management & Organization, 1-23. doi:10.1017/jmo.2020.9).

I am highly delighted that my voice is being heard, loud and clear, in the corporate sustainability research community, even from British Columbia, Canada. A modest step. To God be the glory!

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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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