Thomas Jones

Foster School of Business, University of Washington
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“Individuals and firms characterized by honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness can achieve and maintain real competitive advantage in the marketplace.”


Foster School of Business, University of Washington
The Boeing Company Endowed Professor in Business Management

Research Interests: Business ethics, stakeholder theory, ethical decision-making models, corporate social performance and shareholder litigation.

First published on the Stakeholder Theory in 1992 with “Stakeholder Agency Theory,” Journal of Management Studies.

Published Work on Stakeholder Theory

(2007) Will Felps & Gregory A. Bigley. Ethical theory and stakeholder-related decisions: The role of stakeholder culture. Academy of Management Review, 2007, Vol. 32. No.1, 137–155.

(1999) With S.L. Berman, A.C. Wicks & S. Kotha. Does Stakeholder Orientation Matter? The Relationship Between Stakeholder Management Models and Firm Financial Performance. Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 42, No. 5, October 1999, pp. 488–506.

(1999) With A.C. Wicks. Convergent Stakeholder Theory. Academy of Management Review, Vol. 24, No. 2, April 1999, pp. 206–221.

(1995) Instrumental Stakeholder Theory: A Synthesis of Ethics and Economics.  Academy of Management Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, April 1995, pp. 404–437.

(1992) With C.W.L. Hill. Stakeholder Agency TheoryJournal of Management Studies, Vol. 29, No. 2, March 1992, pp. 131–154.

Thomas Jones Speaking on Stakeholder Theory