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Sandra Waddock

Galligan Chair of Strategy

Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility

Professor of Management


Widely published, Dr. Waddock's current research interests are in the area of system transformation, memes and narrative, intellectual shamanism, stewardship of the future, wisdom, corporate responsibility, management education, and multi-sector collaboration, among others. She teaches a University Capstone course entitled Leadership and Mindfulness. As of 2021, Waddock has published fifteen books and more than 170 articles and book chapters. Her most recent books are Transforming towards Life-Centered Economics: How Business, Government, and Civil Society Can Build a Better World (2020), Management and the Sustainability Paradox: Reconnecting the Human Chain by David Wasieleski, Sandra Waddock, and Paul Shrivastava (2020), Healing the World: Today’s Shamans as Difference Makers (2017), and Intellectual Shamans:  Management Academics Making a Difference (2014, winner of the International Humanistic Management Association’s best book award, 2018 for pedagogy/policy). Her e-book (Teaching) Managing Mindfully with Lawrence Lad and Judith Clair was published in 2018. Other books include Building the Responsible Enterprise (with Andreas Rasche, Stanford, 2012), SEE Change: Making the Change to a Sustainable Enterprise Economy (with Malcolm McIntosh, Greenleaf, 2011), The Difference Makers (Greenleaf, 2008, winner of the Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management 2011 Best Book Award). 

Dr. Waddock received a PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) Pioneer Award in 2018, the Lifetime Achievement CSR (corporate social responsibility) award from Humboldt-Universität Berlin, School of Business and Economics at the 7th International Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, and the 2015 Leadership in Humanistic Management Award. 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 served co-Verizon Professor at Bentley University. 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), and the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2013). Waddock 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 Education, Business Ethics Quarterly, Organization and Environment, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Journal of Management for Global Sustainability, Social Responsibility Journal, and Building Sustainable Legacies. Her papers have appeared in Sustainability, Organization & Environment, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, Business & Society, Management Learning, and 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. 

As of 2021, Waddock is an active member of the stewardship team of the Bounce Beyond initiative, a steward of the SDG Transformations Forum, a member of GANE, the Global Assessment for New Economics, and an informal advisor to the International Humanistic Management Association. 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.