Sandra Waddock

professor and galligan chair of strategy at Carroll School of Management


Carroll School of Management


D.B.A., M.B.A., Boston University
M.A., Boston College
B.A., Northeastern University


Sandra Waddock is the Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.   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 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 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 Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, and Business & Society, 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.  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.  



  • Intellectual Shamans:  Management Academics Making a Difference.  Cambridge University Press (in press for 2015).  
  • Building the Responsible Enterprise:  Where Vision and Values Add Value.  Sandra Waddock and Andreas Rasche.  Palo Alto:  Stanford University Press, 2012.  
  • SEE Change:  Making the Transition to a Sustainable Enterprise Economy.  Sandra Waddock and Malcolm McIntosh.  Sheffield, UK:  Greenleaf, 2011.  
  • The Difference Makers:  How Social and Institutional Entrepreneurs Built the Corporate Responsibility Movement.  Sheffield, UK:  Greenleaf, 2008.
  • Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management, Best Book Award, 2011
  • Total Responsibility Management:  The Manual.  Sandra Waddock and Charles Bodwell with cases by Jennifer Leigh.  Sheffield, UK:  Greenleaf, 2007.  (Translated into Chinese and published by China Electric Publisher, 2009).  
  • Leading Corporate Citizens:  Vision, Values, Value Added.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, first edition, 2002; second edition, 2006, third edition, 2009.    
  • Learning to Talk:  Corporate Citizenship and the Development of the UN Global Compact.  Edited by Malcolm McIntosh, Sandra Waddock, and Georg Kell.  Sheffield, UK:  Greenleaf, 2004.  
  • Unfolding Stakeholder Thinking 2:  Relations, Communication, Reporting and Performance (Volume 2).  Editors:  Jörg Andriof, Sandra Waddock, Bryan Husted, Sandra Rahman.  Sheffield, UK:  Greenleaf, 2003.  

Recent Selected Articles

  • Stewardship of the Future:  Large System Change and Company Stewardship.  In Stewardship of the Future, edited by Ed Lawler, Sue Mohrman, and Jim O’Toole.  Sheffield, UK:  Greenleaf, forthcoming.  
  • Large Scale Change Action Research.  Steve Waddell, Milla McLachlan, Greta Meszoely, Sandra Waddock.  In Handbook of Action Research, 3rd edition, edited by Hilary Bradbury.  Sage, forthcoming.  
  • Visionaries and Wayfinders: Deliberate and Emergent Pathways to Vision in Social Entrepreneurship.  Sandra Waddock and Erica Steckler.  Journal of Business Ethics, in press.  
  • Global Sustainability Governance and the UN Global Compact:  A Rejoinder to Critics.  Andreas Rasche and Sandra Waddock, Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming.

  • Beyond Sustainability Reporting:  Integrated Reporting is Practiced, Required & More Would Be Better.  Adam Sulkowski and Sandra Waddock, St. Thomas Law Journal, in press.  

  • The Wicked Problems of Global Sustainability Need Wicked (Good) Leaders and Wicked (Good) Collaborative Solutions.  Journal of Management for Global Sustainability, 2013, 1 (1):  91-111.  

  • Developing More Holistic Management Education:  Lessons Learned from Two Programs.  Sandra Waddock and Joseph M. Lozano, Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2013, 12 (2):  265-284.  

  • Cross-Sector/Cross-Boundary Collaboration:  Making a Difference through Practice.  In Social Partnerships and Responsible Business:  A Research Handbook, edited by May Seitanidi and Andrew Crane.  New York:  Routledge, 2014:  335-341.  

  • We Are All Stakeholders of Gaia:  A Normative Perspective on Stakeholder Thinking.  Organization & Environment, 2011, 24 (2):  192-212. 

  • Finalist:  Organization & Environment, 2014 Best Paper Finalist

  • Wisdom, Spirituality, Social Entrepreneurs, and Self-Sustaining Practices:  What Can We Learn from Difference Makers?  Sandra Waddock and Erica Steckler.  In The Handbook for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, edited by Judith Ann Neal.  Springer, 2013, pp. 285-302.  

  • UN Global Compact:  An Idea Whose Time Has Come.  In Globally Responsible Leadership:  Managing According to the UN Global Compact, edited by Joanne T. Lawrence and Paul W. Beamish.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage, 2012, pp. 51-69.  

  • First They Ignore You…The Time-Context Dynamic and Corporate Responsibility.  Pietra Rivoli and Sandra Waddock.  California Management Review, in press (Winter 2011).  

  • Corporate Responsibility and Financial Performance:  The Role of Intangible Resources, Josep Tribo, Jordi Surroca, and Sandra Waddock, Strategic Management Journal, 2010, 31 (5):  463-490.  

  • Beyond Corporate Responsibility:  Implications for Management Development.  Sandra Waddock and Malcolm McIntosh.  Business and Society Review, Fall 2009, 295-325.  

  • Pragmatic Visionaries: Difference Makers as Social Entrepreneurs, Organizational Dynamics, 2009, 38 (4):  281-289.  

  • Making a Difference:  Corporate Responsibility as a Social Movement, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Spring 2009, 33:  35-46.  

  • Building a New Institutional Infrastructure for Corporate Responsibility.  Academy of Management Perspectives, August 2008, 22 (3):  87-108.


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