Carlson School of Management

Robert Strand

Strand,Robert Gavin

Teaching Specialist, Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School
Carlson Global Institute
Room 2-210 CarlSMgmt

While my primary appointment is with the Copenhagen Business School, I  appreciate the opportunity to continue my close relationship with the University of Minnesota through which I instruct courses related to sustainability & corporate social responsibility and strategic management.  At the Copenhagen Business School, I also instruct coursework in leadership.

I enjoy running courses at the bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., executive and professorial levels and have a particular interest in spanning between academia and industry.  From a research perspective I am drawn to the Engaged Scholarship approach.

In addition to my appointment as Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability with the Copenhagen Business School, I am Director of the Nordic Network for Sustainability based in Copenhagen.  Through this, I have aspirations to better connect U.S. researchers and practitioners to Scandinavia.  I feel a great deal of inspiration can be drawn from the cooperative approach that is more commonly found in a Scandinavian context to address our greatest social and environmental challenges.   Cooperation between business, government, and civil society is desperately needed where I see the ability to cross traditional boundaries and cooperatively address issues of poverty, disease, human rights abuses, worker safety, water shortages, resource depletion, environmental degradation, climate change and the vast suite of associated "wicked problems" as our great leadership challenge and opportunity.

When we are not in Scandinavia, my wife Sarah and I are happy to call Minneapolis our home.

Strand, R. (forthcoming). CSR and Leadership. In Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen (Ed.), Corporate Social Responsibility. London, UK: SAGE.

Strand, R. 2014. Strategic Leadership of Corporate Sustainability. Journal of Business Ethics.

Strand, R., & Freeman, R. E. (2013). Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage: Theory and Practice of Stakeholder Engagement in Scandinavia. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI 10.1007/s10551-013-1792-1.

Strand, R. 2013. The Chief Officer of Corporate Social Responsibility: a Study of Its Presence in Top Management Teams. Journal of Business Ethics. 112(4): 721–734.

Strand, R. 2013. Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage: The Case of IKEA. In Shiban Khan (Ed.), World Humanism: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Ethical Practices in Organizations. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Strand, R. 2011. Toward Sustainable Sustainability Learning: Lessons from a U.S. MBA study abroad program to Scandinavia. Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability. 7(2): 41-63.

Strand, R. 2011. Exploring the Role of Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Review. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics. 8(4): 84-96.

Strand, R. 2011. A Plea to Business Schools: Tear Down Your Walls. In Mette Morsing & Alfons Saquet (Eds.), Business Schools and Their Contribution to Society. London, UK: SAGE. pp. 213-222.

Strand, R. 2010. Culture & CSR: Embracing the Scandinavian Approach to CSR (Kultur og CSR: Fordelene ved den skandinaviske tilgang til CSR). In Børsen Ledelseshåndbøger Corporate Social Responsibility. April. pp. 1-14. Copenhagen, Denmark: Børsen

Strand, R. 2009. Corporate Responsibility in Scandinavian Supply Chains. Journal of Business Ethics. 85: 179-185.

Strand, R. 2008. The Stakeholder Dashboard. Greener Management International: The Journal of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Practice. 54: 23-36.

This individual has no current activities on record.

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Ph.D., 2012
Corporate Social Responsibility
Copenhagen Business School

Fulbright Scholar, 2005-06
Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU)

MBA, 2005
International Business
University of Minnesota

Bachelors of Science, 1999
Industrial Engineering
University of Wisconsin


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