Robert Phillips

Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
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“The definition of a business decision is that it affects other people and their well-being. The definition of a business ethics decision is the same. Every business decision is also a business ethics decision.”


Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Corporate social responsibility, ethics

First published on the Stakeholder Theory in 1996 with “Efficiency, Effectiveness and Ethics: A Stakeholder View,” Human Action in Business: Praxiological and Ethical Dimensions.

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Published Work on Stakeholder Theory

(2011) Stakeholder Theory: Impact and Prospects. Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. (Collection of original essays in honor of the 25 anniversary of R. Edward Freeman’s Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach.)

(2010) With H. Elms, S. Brammer, & J.D. Harris. New Directions in Strategic Management and Business Ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(3), 401-26

(2010) With S. Berman, H. Elms & M. Johnson-Cramer. Strategy, Stakeholders and Managerial Discretion. Strategic Organization, 8(2), pp. 176–83.

(2010) Ethics in Network Organizations. Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(3), pp. 533–44.

(2010) With J. Noland. Stakeholder Engagement, Discourse Ethics and Strategic Management. International Journal of Management Reviews, 12(1), pp. 39–49.

(2010) With J. Harrison & D. Bosse. Managing for Stakeholders, Stakeholder Utility Functions and Competitive Advantage. Strategic Management Journal, 31(1), pp. 58–74.

(2009) With H. Elms. Private Security Companies and Institutional Legitimacy: Corporate and Stakeholder Responsibility. Business Ethics Quarterly, 19(3), pp. 403–32.

(2009) With D. Bosse & J. Harrison. Stakeholders, Reciprocity, and Firm Performance. Strategic Management Journal, 30(4), pp. 447–56.

(2007) With S. Berman, M. Johnson-Cramer & H. Elms. Stakeholder Theory and Managerial Discretion. Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management.Philadelphia, PA.

(2004) Some Key Questions About Stakeholder Theory. Ivey Business Journal, March/April 2004.

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Robert Phillips Speaking on Stakeholder Theory