Carole Parkes

Work and Organisational Psychology Group

Carole Parkes

Carole Parkes is Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston University. Since 2007, Carole has been key driver for Aston’s early and active involvement with the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education - (UNPRME) that aim to be a driver for change the education of future business leaders in creating an inclusive and sustainable global economy. This has included leading curriculum change across the Business School & now the University. She has developed and leads an MSc in Social Responsibility & SustainabilityThe course has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2014, organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges. The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.

 Carole regularly speaks and participates on Responsibility and Sustainability, including the UN, AACSB Sustainability Conference, UN PRME Forums in New York, and the Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen. In June 2009 Aston hosted UK Universities event for the UN PRME supported by the British Academy of Management, the Association of Business Schools and AMBA.

In June 2012, Carole was a Discussion Leader at the PRME Global Forum at Rio+20 Earth Summit, contributed a case study on Aston for the ‘Inspirational Guide for Integrating Sustainability’ and co authored the Report on Fighting Poverty as a Challenge for Management Education. She has recently been appointed as the visiting Christopher Chair in Business Ethics for the Dominican University of Chicago USA 2012/13 to work with faculty on developing Responsible Management Education. Locally, Carole works with a range of community groups. She has published widely in Ethics, CSR & HRM and her research interests are in Ethics, CSR, Human Rights, Poverty and HRM.

Carole regularly contributes thought leadership articles in the media. These include an article on the Living Wage in Policy EU http://www.policyreview.eu/two-steps-we-can-take-to-boost-take-up-of-the-living-wage/  and in the New Statesman, entitled 'to change the banks, we must first change the business schools.

Position: Director Social Responsibility and Sustainability
+44(0)121 204 3195
Email: c.l.parkes@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW8016


  • PhD studies  Creating the Ethical Organisation. From CSR to Human Rights
  • MSc Organisational Psychology (1996)
  • Graduate & Member (CIPD) Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (1981)
  • P.G Certificate in Labour Law & Relations (1983)


  • Director Social Responsibility & Sustainability Aston University October 2013 - date
  • Co Director, Social Responsibility & Sustainability Aston Business School. (2008 - 2013)
  • Christopher Chair Business Ethics (visiting), Dominican University, Chicago, USA (2012 - )
  • Teaching Fellow and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Aston Business School. (2001 - 2008)
  • Head of Dept, Human Resources University of Wolverhampton. (1999 - 2001)
  • Senior Lecturer (HRM), University of Wolverhampton. (1989 - 1998)


  • Management Development Consultant, Dudley Health Authority (1986 - 1989)
  • Commissioning HR Manager, Russells Hall Hospital (1985 - 1986)
  • HR Manager, (Opening New Stores) J.Sainsbury plc (1983 - 1985)                               
  • Personnel & HR roles in Birmingham Hospitals & Health Authorities (1978 - 1983)       

Aston Business School:

  • MSc Social Responsibility & Sustainability Course Director & module leader
  • BHM 371/2 Business Ethics Responsibility & Human Rights
  • MBA BHM 305, Business, Ethics & Responsibility & Sustainability
  • MSc HRM & Business Course Director
  • MSc BHM 354, Strategic & International Human Resource Management
  • UG BH 3303, Contemporary Issues in HRM
  • UG BH 1109, International Perspectives in Organisations
  • UG BS 2246   Business, Government and Society
  • MSc European Masters EM Lyon HRM module
  • Goldman Sachs SME programme
  • BHMPROJ, MSc Project

  • BUP100, Undergraduate Placement Assessment
  • DISS1, Dissertation Part 1
  • DISS2, Dissertation Part 2
  • MBAPROJ, Project Part B 

  • Business Ethics
  • CSR and Sustainability
  • Human Rights and Business
  • Poverty and Business
  • Fairness, Justice and Values
  • Human Resource Management


Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas (Principal), Tapinos, Efstathios (Co-Principal), Parkes, Carole (Co-Principal), Budhwar, Pawan (Co-Principal), "Innovation Vouchers 2012," Sponsored by ERDF, £ (GBP) 225,052.00. (September 30, 2013 - Present)

  • Member, Birmingham Centre for Business Ethics (2011 - Present)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy. (2001 - Present) 
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. (1989 - Present)
  • British Psychological Society: Register of Psychometric Testers. (2001) 
  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts (RSA)       

Publications and Conference Papers


  • Guidic, M.,Rosenbloom, A.,Parkes, C Eds (2014)  ‘Socially Responsive Organizations and the Challenge of Poverty, Greenleaf Publishing (book 1 July)
  • Parkes, C., Borland, H. Nadisic, T., & Crawshaw, J. (2014) Chapter 4 HRM & the Ethical Organisation in Crawshaw, J. Budhwar, P & Davis, A., Human Resource Management: Strategic and International Perspectives, Sage Publications
  • Parkes, C. (2013)  ‘Beyond the Business School’ and ‘Developing an Ethical Framework’ Second Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME: Placing sustainability at the heart of management education. United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education. London, Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Parkes, C. (2012) The OD role of HRM in Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in People and Organisational Development, London: CIPD Publishing.
  • Parkes, C. (2012) Employee Value Proposition (EVP) Ethical Decision-Making, Local Government Association Companion Guide in Developing a New Employment Deal for Local Government, London, PPMA and the Local Government Association
  • Parkes, C. (2012) Responsibility, reflexivity and trans-disciplinarity in business management - reforming the curriculum and the organisation in The ‘Inspirational Guide’ for the Implementation of PRME: Placing sustainability at the heart of management education. United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education. London, Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Parkes, C. & Daniels, K. Eds (2008) Strategic Human Resource Management. Building Research-Based Practice (and chapter Corporate responsibility, ethics and strategic HRM) London: CIPD Publishing.

 Journal Articles

  • Cooper, S., Parkes, C. & Blewitt, J., (2014) Can accreditation help a leopard change its spots? Social accountability and stakeholder engagement in Business Schools, The Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal Volume 27, Issue 2.
  • Francis, H., Parkes, C. & Reddington, M., (2014) E-HR and International HRM:  A critical perspective on the discursive framing of e-HR. International Journal of Human Resource Management Volume 25, Issue 10, pp.1327-1350
  • Parkes, C. & Davis. A.J., (2013): Ethics and social responsibility – do HR professionals have the ‘courage to challenge’ or are they set to be permanent ‘bystanders?’, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24:12, 2411-2434
  • Baden, D., & Parkes, C., (2013) "Experiential learning: inspiring the business leaders of tomorrow", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 32 Iss: 3, pp.295 – 308
  • Parkes, C., & Borland, H. (2012). Strategies for ecological sustainability: Transforming the responsibilities of HRM towards the greatest global challenge facing organizations, Thunderbird International Business Review. Vol. 54, No. 6 November/December 2012
  • Parkes, C. & Blewitt, J. (2011) “Ignorance was bliss, now I’m not ignorant and that is far more difficult” Trans-disciplinary learning and reflexivity in responsible Management Education Journal of Global Responsibility Vol. 2 No. 2, 2011 pp.206-221
  • Parkes, C.L., Scully, J.W. & Anson, S. (2010) CSR & the ‘Undeserving’: A Role for The State, Civil Society & Business? International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, CSR Special Issue Vol. 30 No. 11/12, 2010 pp. 697-708
  • Parkes, C.L., Scully, J.W., West, M.A., Dawson, J.F. (2007) “High commitment’ strategies: it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it” Employee Relations Journal vol 29 Issue 4 (August).
  • Wegge, J., Schmidt K-H, Parkes, C. & van Dick, R., (2006)  ‘Taking a sickie’ Job Satisfaction and Job Involvement as Interactive Predictors of Absenteeism. Journal of Organisational & Occupational Psychology 197 (00) 1-14
  • Shipton, H., West, M.A., Parkes, C.L., Dawson, J.F., Patterson, M.G. (2006) When promoting positive feelings pays: Aggregate job satisfaction, work design features and innovation in manufacturing organisations. European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology. 1-27
  • Worrall, L., Parkes, C.L. & Cooper, C. (2004) The impact of organizational change on the perceptions of UK managers.  European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology. 13 (2) pp 139-163. 

 Invited Presentations

  • Parkes, C.  & Cashian, P., Innovation in the implementation of the UN backed Principles of Responsible Management Education Association of     Business Schools Learning & Teaching Conference (29th April 2014)
  • Parkes, C. PRME Beyond the Business School, UK & Ireland PRME conference Winchester (9 th April 2014)
  • Parkes, C., HEA Interdisciplinary Seminar, "on “Integrating Education for Sustainable Development in Teaching and the Student Experience”," Higher Education Academy, Keele University, UK. (January 22, 2014)
  • Parkes, C., Business and Human Rights, UN Global Compact programme, Rio Tinto HQ, London. (Summer, 2013)
  • Parkes, C., United Nations PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) launch of the PRME Champions Global Leadership Team, New York, USA. (September 19, 2013)
  • Parkes, C., United Nations PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) launch of the PRME Champions Global Leadership Team, Slovenia. (September 24, 2013 - September 26, 2013)
  • Parkes, C., 20th Anniversary Conference of Central and Eastern European Association of Management Development (CEEMAN), Slovenia. (September 27, 2013)
  • Parkes, C. Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, Keynote Conference Speaker November 2013
  • Parkes, C., Churches and Industry Group Birmingham (CIGB), CICG, Birmingham. (November 24, 2013)
  • Parkes, C., Public lecture, Dominican University, Chicago, USA.  ‘Profits with Purpose’ March 2013
  • Parkes, C, Chaired sessions and presented 2 papers at the International Human Resource Management Conference in Gurgaon India. In addition, delivered an International Business Workshop to sixth form students in Delhi, (Dec 2012)
  • Gudic, M. & Parkes, C., & Rosenbloom, A. Report on Fighting Poverty as a Challenge for Management Education UN PRME Global Forum & Corporate Sustainability Forum Rio+20 Earth Summit. (June 2012)
  • Parkes, C. (October 2011) Main speaker 'Responsible Management Education’ Changing the curriculum (and the organisation!) Aston chosen as an exemplar case study in HEFCE funded research ISIBS International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School
  • Parkes, C. Lancaster Sustainability & Responsibility Plus Network (November 2010) Responsible Management Education & ‘Giving Voice to Values’
  • Parkes, C., AACSB Sustainability Conference, "Responsible management education from across the pond: Innovations and experiences in UK business schools." (June 20, 2010 - June 22, 2010)
  • Parkes, C., UNPRME, EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) and Stirling University, Scottish Universities UNPRME, UK. (April 2010)
  • Parkes, C., 14th European Business Ethics Network UK Conference, "Principles of responsible management education (PRME), UK experiences, 'ethics in crisis'," London. (April 7, 2010 - April 9, 2010)
  • Parkes, C., (2009) UN Conference on Climate Change (COP15) UNPRME/CBS International Conference on Responsible Management Education: Sustainable Leadership in the era of Climate Change, "Engaging Different Communities with Sustainability? Moving Beyond Intention into Action," Copenhagen. (November 23, 2009 - November 24, 2009)
  • Parkes, C., Where is Business Ethics? 13th European Business Ethics Network UK Conference, "Business ethics and CSR - the role of Business Schools," Bristol. (April 6, 2009 - April 8, 2009)
  • Parkes, C., European Association of Business in Society (EABIS), "Human rights for human resources: Towards an ethical framework for employers," Barcelona. (September 20, 2007 - September 21, 2007).


Community Roles

  • Director, Birmingham Centre Business Ethics  (BCBE)  (2001 – Present)
  • Management Council - Churches & Industry Group Birmingham. (CIGB)  (2006 – Present)
  • Co organiser & host Human Trafficking Film Event with ‘Unchosen’ (Feb  2012)
  • Co organiser & host - West Midlands Business Critical CSR Summit (April 2012)
  • Steering Group – ‘Be Birmingham’ Social Inclusion Process (Jan 2012 – Present) (Inclusive Economic Growth)

Awards, Honors and Esteem

  • UN PRME Champion School & Member of Advisory Group 2013 - date
  • Addressed UN on behalf of Champion Schools New York July 2014

  • Outstanding Performance in Business & Community Engagement Award Aston University (2012)
  • Discussion Leader at the PRME Global Forum at Rio+20 Earth Summit (2012).
  • United Nations Global Compact PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) (2010 & 2013).
  • Member of PRME Global Forum Dec 2008, June 2010 & June 2012, Sept 2013.
  • Steering Group Member Birmingham Social Inclusion Process (2012 - )

  • Working Group Leader for UNPRME on Poverty as a Challenge for Business and Management (2010 -)

  • Co organiser & host UK Universities UNPRME Events Aston June 2009 & July 2010
  • Hosted Roundtable for Commission for Equality & Human Rights in Business Curriculum (2010)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Aston University. (2004)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Aston University. (2003)

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Co-Director, Social Responsibility and Sustainability, University. (2008 - Present)
  • MSc SRS&M Course Director. (September 2009 - August 2012)
  • Course Director, MSc Human Resource Management & Business, School. (September 2007 - August 2008)
  • Chair, HR Support Staff group, School.
  • Postgraduate Convenor, Work & Organisational Psychology group, School.
  • Vice Chair, Postgraduate Teaching Committee, School.  

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