Honorary Visiting Fellow of School of Business granted prestigious award by RSA

Posted by pm357 at Feb 09, 2018 09:10 AM |
Congratulations are due to Dr Peter Davis FRSA, CFCIPD, AFHEA and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester School of Business who has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. The fellowship has been bestowed in recognition of his work in management and organisational development in the Co-operative and Mutual sectors.

Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) is an award granted to individuals that the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) judges to have made outstanding achievements related to the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. The RSA’s mission is to enrich society through ideas and action. They have been at the forefront of social change for 260 years thanks to the support of their Fellows, with a global network of 29,000 people who share their values. Fellows have access to the brightest new ideas, innovative projects, a diverse network of like-minded people and a platform for social change.

Peter is both a passionate supporter and also a trenchant critic of the co-operative business model as it has been applied world-wide. He has become a well known speaker at international conferences and through his publications for his advocacy of a new model of co-operative value based management and a reformed governance structure for co-operatives and credit unions. He explains further: “The aim of my theoretical work has been to ensure a truly accountable and committed co-operative management and a co-operative value based organisational culture informing the business as well as the social dimensions of co-operatives and credit unions to better enable them to fulfil their competitive potential and thus mobilise communities to establish a just, sustainable and democratic economy."

During his time at the University of Leicester he pioneered the first distance learning programme in Co-operative Management and Organisational Development and established partnerships with the Co-operative Colleges of Tanzania, and Malaysia. He was recognised for his contribution to the development of the former in becoming the first University College of Co-operative Management and Business Studies in Africa. Peter was awarded the Raiffeisen medal for his contribution to credit union management and leadership development by the Asian Confederation of Credit Unions and is currently Adjunct Professor at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Marys University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where he teaches Leadership and People Management on their Masters in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions programme.

Closer to home Peter was the founding treasurer of the Leicester and Leicestershire Co-operative Development Agency and has been a Board Member and long-term investor in Industrial Common Ownership Finance Ltd and has twice been chair of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies.

During his long career in the sector, Peter has also been a special advisor to the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) Global HRD Committee, a frequent contributor to the ICA Global Research Committee Conferences, a Rabobank Fellow in Co-operative Agriculture and has worked as a consultant for the International Labour Office, and the United Nations Anti-Poverty Unit.