2013-Elina Meliou

Leadership in transition to sustainable business: a study of SMEs in South East England

Dr. Elina Meliou, University of Winchester 

Dr. Natalia Yakovleva, University of Surrey


The aim of this study is to critically assess leadership in SMEs in South East England in order to facilitate knowledge transfer and shape future policy on how to better support the sustainable business operations. Our main intent is to explain how a transition to sustainable business is materialised in SMEs and understand actors’ reading of the situation.  

For the purposes of the research we have identified four firms in the South of England. We undertake qualitative research with selected firms in South of England concerning their transition to sustainability and leadership in this process.  In addition, interviews with other stakeholders, such as policy makers will be conducted.