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Sandra Waddock

Galligan Chair of Strategy

Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility

Professor of Management


Widely published, Dr. Waddock's research interests are in the area of macro-system change, intellectual shamanism, stewardship of the future, wisdom, corporate responsibility, management education, and multi-sector collaboration.  Author or editor of eleven books, her most recent books are Intellectual Shamans:  Management Academics Making a Difference(Cambridge, 2015), Building the Responsible Enterprise:  Where Vision and Values Meet Value (with Andreas Rasche, Stanford, 2012), and SEE Change:  Making the Change to a Sustainable Enterprise Economy (with Malcolm McIntosh, Greenleaf, 2011), The Difference Makers:  How Social and Institutional Entrepreneurs Built the Corporate Responsibility Movement(Greenleaf, 2008.  Dr. Waddock has published well over 100 articles on corporate citizenship, sustainable enterprise, difference making, wisdom, stewardship of the future, responsibility management systems, corporate responsibility, management education, and related topics.

In 2006-2007 and fall 2012 she was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and has had visiting or adjunct professor appointments at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia (2000), Griffith University (2010-present), and the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2013-present).  In 2014 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Collaboration Research by the Cross Sector Social Interaction Symposium and Partnerships Resource Center in 2014, and also received the 2005 Faculty Pioneer Award for External Impact by the Aspen Institute and World Resources Institute, the Sumner Marcus Award for Outstanding Service from the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2004, and in 2002 the Keyes Distinguished Service Award from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.   She was Distinguished Lecturer at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, in 2014, and in 2015 will serve as (guest) co-Verizon Professor at Bentley University.  She was a co-founder of the (former) Leadership for the Change Program:  Sustainability, Responsibility, Community at Boston College and the Initiative for Responsible Investing (formerly at the BC Center for Corporate Citizenship, now at the Hauser Center, Harvard Kennedy School), and also served with the founding  group of the GOLDEN for Sustainability project.  

Dr. Waddock served as editor of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship from 2002-2004, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Learning and EducationBusiness Ethics QuarterlyOrganization and EnvironmentJournal of Corporate CitizenshipJournal of Management for Global SustainabilitySocial Responsibility Journal, and Building Sustainable Legacies.   Her consulting clients have included the International Labour Organization, The Conference Board, the National Alliance of Business, and Pitney Bowes, among others. For five years she worked with the US. Consortium for Faculty Development in Central and Eastern Europe to help build management education in the emerging economies of central and Eastern Europe.

Her papers on corporate citizenship and responsibility have appeared in The Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ExecutiveStrategic Management Journal, and Business & Societyand The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, among numerous other outlets.  Her 1997 paper with Samuel B. Graves entitled "Quality of Management and Quality of Stakeholder Relations: Are They Synonymous?" was the recipient of the 1997 Moskowitz Prize given by the Social Investment Forum.  Her 2008 book, The Difference Makers was awarded the Best Book Award by the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2011.  

She currently serves on the Academic Advisory Committee of the Global Organizational Learning and Development (GOLDEN) Network for Sustainability.  In 2009 she served on the advisory board for the PRME/CBL (Principles for Responsible Management Education and Copenhagen Business School) International Conference on Sustainable Leadership in the Era of Climate Change, and prior to that on the UN Global Compact Task Force on the Principles for Responsible Management Education.  A past division chair of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, past board member of the International Association of Business and Society, and past member of the Advisory Board for the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Dr. Waddock co-chaired the founding of Mentoring Committee and the Task Force on Service/Community-Based Learning, both for the Academy of Management. She was also a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on the Role of the Academy in Management Education in the 21st Century and served on the Academy Council for its first three years.

Dr. Waddock received her BA from Northeastern University, an MA degree in English Literature from Boston College, and the MBA (1979) and DBA (1985) from Boston University.   Her current teaching includes the Social Issues in Management (graduate business in society) course.  She has also taught Strategic Management, a senior Capstone course entitled Leadership and Mindfulness, and was the module coordinator for the Leadership for Change Program’s Organizational Module for 14 years.