Current faculty research:
- Stakeholder value creation
- Business in society
- Ethical leadership
- Conscious Capitalism
- Stakeholder responsibility
- Business, science and ethics
- Values-based leadership
- Public trust in business
- Ethics and sustainability
- Continuing curriculum and case innovation
- Editorial responsibilities for the Dictionary of Business Ethics published by The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management
- Editorial duties for the Kluwer Series in International Business Ethics
- Ethics simulations as teaching tools
Stakeholder Theory: A brief history
For the more than three decades scholars have developed the idea that a business has stakeholders, or groups and individuals who have a stake in the success or failure of a business. Stakeholder Theory was further outlined by R. Edward Freeman in his award-winning 1984 book Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, in which he suggests that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders. Stakeholders such as customers, employees, suppliers, financiers and communities are all vital to a firm’s success.
Over the years an ever-growing group of leading scholars and practitioners have periodically gathered to discuss advances in theory and practice. Below is a timeline of these conferences and their academic organizers.
Stakeholder Theory Conferences
2006 – Thomas Jones, University of Washington Foster School of Business
2008 – Jeffrey S. Harrison, University of Richmond Robins School of Business
2010 – Paul Godfrey, Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business
2012 – Andrew C. Wicks, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Read more about the recent Stakeholder Theory Conference at Darden.