Father of Stakeholder Theory to speak at Schulich COERB Event
On Thursday, October 5th, the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB) welcomes R. Edward Freeman, University Professor and Olsson Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia to Schulich to give a research talk on Pragmatism and Responsible Business.
“Ed Freeman changed the way managers and scholars think and talk about responsible business,” said Robert Phillips, George R. Gardiner Professor in Business Ethics and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB). “It is now commonplace to hear leaders from Davos to BlackRock to the Business Roundtable talk about their work in terms of stakeholder relationships. Freeman has been driving these conversations for more than four decades.”
Described as the “Father of Stakeholder Theory,” Freeman is the author or editor of over 100 volumes and 200 articles in the areas of stakeholder management, business strategy, and business ethics. Freeman is perhaps best known for his highly influential, Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach.
Freeman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University and a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Duke University. He has been awarded six honorary doctorates (DHC) – in economics from Comillas University in Madrid, the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, and Leuphana University in Germany; in management from Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands, from Sherbrooke University in Canada, and from Tampere University in Finland.
Freeman’s remarks will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Phillips featuring Yuval Deutsch, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Sareh Pouryousefi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Law & Business at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and David Weitzner is Associate Professor of Management at York University.