Welcome to Transforming Business!

Transforming Business is an innovative research and development project in the University of Cambridge.

Enterprise Solutions to Poverty

Transforming Business analyzes and catalyzes the contribution of Christianity and entrepreneurship to human and environmental well-being. Its focus is on enterprise solutions to poverty.

We are interested in practical solutions – "what works?"

In finding answers to this question, we pay particular attention to the role of faith in building social capital – the institutional, relational, moral and spiritual aspects of society.

Social scientists increasingly agree that social capital is fundamental to business success, economic development and well-being, and that Christianity is one of its key contributors.

Through innovative research and instruction we aim to channel the rising concern about global poverty in fresh directions that will deliver tangible improvement and genuine opportunities for people in poverty, based on a biblical, holistic approach to what it means to be human.

We use robust, creative, and multi-disciplinary thinking, along with practical models and case studies, to discover and disseminate the most effective means by which Christian faith integrates with enterprise to provide sustainable routes out of poverty.

Located at a major research university with an international reputation for excellence, the project is global in its research and outreach. It has particularly strong links with business schools but works in an inter-disciplinary way across a number of disciplines. It also enjoys close relations with the real world of business, both locally and globally.

The aims of the project are summarized in the adjacent column.

For more information on the project, visit the "About" section.

Belief in Enterprise

Transforming Business has teamed up with the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, to launch an exciting research and outreach initiative called Belief in Enterprise. Click here to find out more.

Support Transforming Business

Join us in combating poverty through the convergence of faith and enterprise!

Donations are treated as designated funds and directly support the project. But they are received via the Von Hügel Institute (VHI) at St Edmund's College, where the project is based. The VHI has charitable status, which enables tax-efficient giving.


New Project

Transforming Business is delighted to announce the birth of a daughter project at the University of Oxford called the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative (ELI). To learn more, click here.

New Award

Transforming Business is pleased to announce the launch of a new joint doctoral award in business and economics for 2013-14. For more information, click here.

For information on the winner of our 2012-13 award, click here.

New Video

Transforming Business is part of a new international initiative called Poverty Cure. A short clip from a major TV documentary Poverty Cure is making that contains an interview with Transforming Business' director Peter Heslam is available here (it takes only two minutes).

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Our Aims

The project aims to examine and disseminate:

  • the role of Christian faith and enterprise in the alleviation of poverty;
  • the factors that stimulate 'the spirit of enterprise';
  • the contribution of faith-based social capital to transformative business;
  • ethical frameworks that promote successful business;
  • case studies and practical models that inform, motivate and multiply poverty-reducing enterprise.

Recent Publication

Against the background of the global economic crisis of 2007-10, Peter Heslam engages with the pitfalls and potential of contemporary business in Transforming Capitalism: Entrepreneurship and the Renewal of Thrift. With only 32 pages, it's designed for busy people.