I am a Professor of Business in Society at the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Copenhagen Business School (cbsCSR) and also Co-Director of the CBS World-Class Research Environment on “Governing Responsible Business”. I joined Copenhagen Business School from Warwick Business School in 2012. I am also a Visiting Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics working with the MISTRA Centre for Sustainable Markets. My main academic interest rests with exploring the role of (public)-private governance arrangements in the context of corporate responsibility and sustainability. Much of my work has explored the emergence, impact, and legitimacy of voluntary ‘CSR standards’, such as, but not limited to: Social Accountability 8000, the Global Reporting Initiative, and the UN Global Compact.
In particular, I have done work on the changing nature of UN-business relations, exploring how the UN system moved from a largely confrontational attitude towards private sector engagement to an agenda focused on collaboration and partnership. I have collaborated with the UN Global Compact in the context of a variety of projects, and I served on the Global Compact LEAD Steering Committee from 2012-2015. In 2010, I co-edited ‘The UN Global Compact: Achievements, Trends and Challenges’ (with Georg Kell, published by Cambridge University Press).
I am a frequent contributor to a variety of international journals in my area of research (e.g., Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Management Inquiry, Business Ethics Quarterly) and an Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly. My book ‘Building the Responsible Enterprise’ (with Sandra Waddock, published by Stanford University Press, 2012) provides students and practitioners with a hands-on, yet academically reflected, introduction to corporate responsibility and sustainability. Most recently, I edited a textbook Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communication, Governance (with Mette Morsing and Jeremy Moon, published by Cambridge University Press, 2017).