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PhD Examination in Nottingham

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I had a chance to return to my former place of work, the International Centre for Corporate Social Responibility at the Nottingham University Business School (where I was a founding member from 2002-2004). I had the pleasure of examining the PhD thesis of Laurence Vigneau on the topic of ‘The interpretation and integration of corporate social responsibility in a multinational corporation’. A great piece of research, of which we will read in the literature for a while. It was great to do this with the internal examiner Daniel Nyberg (wtih whom I had already spent time in Sydney earlier this year) and to catch up with a lot of old friends.

The lucky newly minted Doctor of Philosophy Laurence Vigneau (2nd from left) together with

(from left) Professors Dirk Matten, https://www.dur.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=10432" target="_blank">Mike Humphreys (co-Supervisor) and Daniel Nyberg (Internal Examiner).



Dirk Matten in Sydney, Australia

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 10:25 PM


I took up a Vistiing Professorship at the University of Sydney Business School for February 2014. I delivered a couple of talks including
I was hosted by Professor Christopher Wright and Dr John Murray from the Department of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.


World Economic Forum: Guest at the Executive Roundtable Dinner - Focusing Capital on the Long-Term

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:45 AM

At the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos I was invited as a guest to the "Executive Roundtable Dinner - Focusing Capital on the Long-Term" co organised by Toby Heaps (CEO Corporate Knights), Dominic Barton (CEO McKinsey) and Mark Wiseman (CEO Canada Pension Plan Investment Board). The dinner brought together 40 senior executives and thought leaders around the topic of shifting investment focus toward more long term ownership.

The organisers: Dominic Bartin (3rd from left), Toby Heaps (2nd from right), Mark Wiseman (1st from the right).



Dirk Matten with climate change luminary Lord Stern (l.)


With my old buddy Peter Lacy (Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Accenture Sustainability Services).


World Economic Forum: Judge at the 'Business for a Better World MBA Case Competition'

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

On Friday, 25 January 2014, the final round of presentations of the Corporate Knights-Schulich ‘Business for a Better World Case Competition’ took place at the World Economic Forum 2014 in Davos Switzerland.


The Business for a Better World Case Competition is a partnership between Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism, and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. This international MBA competition has a prize pool of more than $15,000. This competition requires student teams to apply 12 of the most widely disclosed and tracked sustainability indicators to a specific case, making the contest unique among the world’s responsible business competitions. Teams will be challenged to identify priority social, environmental and governance metrics for the case company and improve its performance (relative to industry peers) on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, an annual benchmark ranking that has been produced by Corporate Knights since 2005. The objective is to get students familiar with commonly accepted and emerging sustainability indicators and to build a case for what steps a company can take to become an ESG outperformer in its sector and top-ranked among peers.


The case competition drew a broad global interest from 28 MBA student teams from Univerisities all over the world. A panel of experts picked the five teams who were invited to provide a 20 page expose of their case solution. Out of these, the final three teams to present in Davos were picked. The judging panel in Davos consisted of:


Dominic Barton, Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey & Company; Sean Flannery, Vice Chairman Corporate Knights Capital and former Executive Vice President of State Street Corporation; Robert Greenhill, Managing Director, World Economic Forum; Nicky Major, Global Corporate Sustainability Leader, Ernst & Young; Dirk Matten, Professor of Strategy andHewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility  at the Schulich School of Business; Steve Williams, President and CEO Suncor


The finalists included teams from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, from Duquesne University and the Stockholm School of Economics. The winning team from Stockholm consisted of four students, including Chris Royle, who is 2009 IBBA alumni of the Schulich School of Business.


The panel of judges (from right): Nicky Major, Sean Flannery, Robert Greenhill, Steve Williams, Dominic Barton, Dirk Matten



The winning team from Stockholm School of Economics and the judges

Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM



Today I gave two talks at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability week. The first talk was looking at Social Innovation and Sustainability and the second looked at the future of CSR. I was here on invitation of one of my former MBA students at Royal Holloway, Sandra Anani, who works now for the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group, a business membership organisation promoting CSR and Sustainability in businesss in the UAE.

New book by Dirk Matten published

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM


The book is an anthology of the corporate citizenship literature. It provides the most comprehensive set of readings on recent developments in the wider debate on business responsiblities in wider society from an academic perspective. For more details check the publisher's website.
Corporate Citizenship (CC) has emerged as a widely used way of describing the role of business in wider society. As such, CC has been popular with academics, business leaders and politicians alike, as it locates the private corporation within a network of mutual responsibilities and obligations in their social environment. This collection takes stock of the debate by tracing back its origin, identifying the key topics and delineating the key controversies. The volume places the discussion on corporate citizenship in a political context within the wider debate on the role of business in society. In doing so, the individual chapters feature major contributions by the leading scholars in this area and provide an overview of ongoing developments, in particular at the transnational level.

White Paper on CSR in the junior mining sector launched

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Together with Impakt Consulting, I have been working on a postition paper on the specific issues junior mining companies are facing. The paper is now out and for download freely available here.

Mintzberg at Schulich

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Henry Mintzberg (5th from the left), with host Dirk Matten (1st from left) and Schulich PhD students


Henry Mintzberg, one of the most famous management ‘gurus’ (The Economist), visited the Schulich School of Business last Saturday (11/23/13). He shared with faculty, PhD students and instructors some of his experiences in crafting his own groundbreaking research contribution. Mintzberg, whose work is a staple on MBAs, nonetheless has never joined the mainstream ideologies in management. Mintzberg, who is still active as a Professor at McGill University in Montreal has always been a contrarian – be it in debunking the myths around managerial efficiency, questioning the effectiveness of MBA education or, more recently, fleshing out a new layout for business-government-civil society interactions. Professor Mintzberg gave us an inspiring tour de force through his research approach and thinking.



Schulich School of Business No 1 in the world

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The Schulich School of Business has been ranked top in the 2013 Green MBA ranking by the magazine Corporate Knights! 


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