Robert Strand: Cooperative Advantage in Today's Business - Global Matters


Haas School of Business
Executive Director


  • Ph.D., Doctoral School of Organization & Management Studies, Copenhagen Business School
  • MBA, International Business, University of Minnesota
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin

Positions Held

At Haas since 2014

  • 2014 – present, Executive Director, Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business
  • 2014 – present, Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas School of Business
  • 2012 – present, Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School
  • 2009 – 2012, Ph.D. Fellow, Copenhagen Business School
  • 2006 – 2009, Principal Market Planner, Boston Scientific Corporation
  • 2005 – 2006, U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Norway
  • 2003 – 2005, Industrial Engineer, Boston Scientific Corporation
  • 1999 – 2003, Industrial Engineer, IBM Corporation

Current Research and Interests

  • Chief Sustainability Officers
  • Corporate governance of sustainability
  • Scandinavian approaches to sustainability
  • Leadership and corporate social responsibility
  • Ethics of the corporation
  • Metaphors of strategic management
  • Empathy and the corporation

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Strand, R., Freeman, R. E., & Hockerts, K. 2015.   Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Scandinavia:  An Overview.  Journal of Business Ethics. 127(1), 1-15.
  • Strand, R. & Freeman, R.E. 2015. Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage: The Theory and Practice of Stakeholder Engagement in Scandinavia. Journal of Business Ethics, 127 (1), 65-85.
  • Strand, R. 2015.  CSR and Leadership.  In Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen (Ed.), Corporate Social Responsibility.  London, UK:  SAGE. Pp. 39-71
  • Strand, R. 2014.  Strategic Leadership of Corporate Sustainability.  Journal of Business Ethics.  123(4): 687-706.
  • Morsing, M. & Strand, R. 2014. CSR and Beyond. A Nordic Perspective.  Corporate Communications: an International Journal.  19 (3), 318-322.
  • Strand, R. 2014.  Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage:  The Case of IKEA.  In: Khan, S. and W. Amann (Eds.) World Humanism: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Ethical Practices in Organizations.  Hampshire, UK:  Palgrave Macmillan.  Pp. 63-80.
  • Strand, R. 2013.  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. 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. 2011.  Toward Sustainable Sustainability Learning:  Lessons from a U.S. MBA study abroad program to Scandinavia.  Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability.
  • 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. 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.


  • Strategic and Sustainable Business Solutions

Honors and Awards

  • Nykredit CSR Research Talent Award, 2013
  • Society for Business Ethics Founders’ Award, 2012
  • Next Generation Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Scholar Award, 2010
  • Bush Leadership Fellow & Award, Archibald Bush Foundation, 2009-10
  • Society for Business Ethics Emerging Scholar Award, 2008
  • Net Impact Distinguished Member Award, 2008
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Norway, 2005-06

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