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Area(s) of Expertise
- Historical Corporate Responsibility
- Network Ethics
- Theory of the Firm
- Value Chain Responsibility
About Robert Phillips
Robert Phillips is George R. Gardiner Professor in Business Ethics and Professor of Strategic Management at the York University’s Schulich School of Business. His PhD is from the University of Virginia’s Darden School. Prior to Schulich he held positions at the University of Richmond, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (Shanghai), University of San Diego, The Wharton School, and Georgetown University. He was also the Gourlay Professor of Ethics in Business, at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.
His work has appeared in Business Ethics Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review among others. He is author of Stakeholder Theory and Organizational Ethics (2003). His other research interests include, stakeholder theory, historic corporate responsibility, and ethics in network organizations.
He is Special Issues Editor at Journal of Business Ethics and was previously Associate Editor at Business & Society. He has held leadership positions in the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the International Association for Business and Society and is past president of the Society for Business Ethics. He is affiliated with the Center of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB) at Schulich, and is Senior Fellow at the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the Darden School.
Senior Fellow - Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Master Teacher in Ethics - The Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University
2016-17 Gourlay Professorship of Ethics in Business, Trinity College, University of Melbourne
2009-10 Robins School Scholarly Activity Award
R.E. Freeman, R. Phillips, R. Sisodia, (2019) “Tensions in Stakeholder Theory,” Business & Society.
J.S. Harrison, J.B. Barney, R.E. Freeman & R.A. Phillips (eds.), (2019), The Cambridge Handbook of Stakeholder Theory, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press).
J. Schrempf-Stirling & R.A. Phillips, (2018) “Agency and Responsibility: The Case of the Food Industry and Obesity,” in R. Hinch & A. Gray (eds.) A Handbook of Food Crime (Bristol, UK, Policy Press).
B.L. Parmar, R. Phillips, R.E. Freeman, (2017) “A Pragmatist Approach to Business Ethics Research” in P.H. Werhane, R.E. Freeman & S. Dmytriyev (eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Research Approaches to Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), pp. 258-69
J. Schrempf-Stirling, G. Palazzo & R.A. Phillips, (2016) “Historic Corporate Social Responsibility,” Academy of Management Review, 41(4), pp. 700-19.
D.A. Bosse & R.A. Phillips, (2016) “Agency Theory and Bounded Self Interest,” Academy of Management Review, 41(2), pp. 276-97.
M-C Ingerson, et al., (2015) “Normative Stakeholder Capitalism: Getting from Here to There,” Business & Professional Ethics Journal, 34(3), pp. 377-406.
B.L. Parmar, R. Phillips, R.E. Freeman, (2015) “Pragmatism and Organization Studies,” in R. Mir, H. Willmott & M. Greenwood (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organizational Studies, (London: Routledge).
“Stakeholders, Ethics and Organizational Performance,” (2014) in Delivering Tomorrow, invited essay for Deutsche Post DHL.
H. Elms & R.A. Phillips, “Stakeholders,” (2013) in D.J. Teece & M. Augier (eds.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, (London: Palgrave).
J. Schrempf-Stirling, G. Palazzo, & R.A. Phillips, (2013) “Ever Expanding Responsibilities: Upstream and Downstream Corporate Social Responsibility,” in A. Lindgreen, S. Sen, F. Maon, J. Vanhamme (eds.), Sustainable Value Chain Management: Analyzing, Designing, Implementing, and Monitoring for Social and Environmental Responsibility (London: Gower Publishing), pp. 353-368.
R.A. Phillips (2013) “Sybille Sachs & Edwin Rühli, “Stakeholders Matter: A New Paradigm for Strategy in Society,” Business and Professional Ethics Journal, 32(1-2), p. 129-134. Book review.
R. Phillips (ed.), (2011) Stakeholder Theory: Impact and Prospects, (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing).
R. Phillips, S. Berman, H. Elms & M. Johnson-Cramer, (2011) “Stakeholder Orientation, Managerial Discretion and Nexus Rents,” in R. Phillips, (ed.), Stakeholder Theory: Impact and Prospects, (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing).
R. Phillips and R. E. Freeman (eds.), (2010) Stakeholders, (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing).
H. Elms, S. Brammer, J.D. Harris & R. Phillips, (2010) “New Directions in Strategic Management and Business Ethics,” Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(3), 401-26.
R. Phillips, S. Berman, H. Elms & M. Johnson-Cramer, (2010) “Strategy, Stakeholders and Managerial Discretion,” Strategic Organization, 8(2), pp. 176-83.
R. Phillips, “Ethics and Network Organizations,” (2010) Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(3), pp. 533-44.
J. Noland & R. Phillips, (2010) “Stakeholder Engagement, Discourse Ethics and Strategic Management,” International Journal of Management Reviews, 12(1), pp. 39-49.
Translated as: “Engajamento dos Stakeholders, Ética do Discurso e Gestão Estratégica” by Petrobras (Brazil)
J. Harrison, D. Bosse & R. Phillips, (2010) “Managing for Stakeholders, Stakeholder Utility Functions and Competitive Advantage,” Strategic Management Journal, 31(1), pp. 58–74.
Reprinted in New Directions in Business Ethics, Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten (eds.) (London: Sage), 2012.
Reprinted as ‘research insight’ by the Network for Business Sustainability.