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Steve Kennedy is Associate Professor researching business sustainability at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

His current research approaches how systems and resilience thinking can help organizations innovate to tackle grand societal challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Beyond this, he also undertakes qualitative and conceptual research on sustainability accounting and reporting, circular economy business models and responsible managment education. His research has featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Long Range Planning, Business & Society, and Business Strategy & the Environment.

Dr Kennedy is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Eco-Transformation. He is a member of the Organizations & Natural Environment division of the Academy of Management and the Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment (GRONEN).

He is the former Academic Director of the MSc Global Business & Sustainability (2015-2021) and is an active member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. He teaches across multiple levels of education from Executive Education to Bachelors including MSc courses Climate Change Strategy Role-Play and Sustainability Leadership & Planetary Boundaries.

Publications

Academic (10)
  • Kennedy, S., Fuchs, M., van Ingen, W., & Schoenmaker, D. (2023). A resilience approach to corporate biodiversity impact measurement. Business Strategy and the Environment, 32(5), 2567-2582. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3140

  • Kennedy, S., & Linnenluecke, M. K. (2022). Circular economy and resilience: A research agenda. Business Strategy and the Environment, 31(6), 2754-2765. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3004

  • Grewatsch, S., Kennedy, S., & Bansal, P. (2021). Tackling wicked problems in strategic management with systems thinking. Strategic Organization. https://doi.org/10.1177/14761270211038635

  • Williams, A., Whiteman, G., & Kennedy, S. (2021). Cross-Scale Systemic Resilience: Implications for Organization Studies. Business and Society, 60(1), 95-124. https://doi.org/10.1177/0007650319825870

  • Williams, A., Kennedy, S., Philipp, F., & Whiteman, G. (2017). Systems Thinking: A Review of Sustainability Management Research. Journal of Cleaner Production, 148, 866-881. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.002

  • Kennedy, S., Whiteman, G., & Ende, J. (2016). Radical Innovation for Sustainability: The Power of Strategy and Open Innovation. Long Range Planning, 50(6), 712-725. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2016.05.004

  • Perego, P., Kennedy, S., & Whiteman, G. (2016). A lot of Icing but little cake? Taking Integrated Reporting forward. Journal of Cleaner Production, 136(Part A), 53-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.01.106

  • Akemu, O., Whiteman, G., & Kennedy, S. (2016). Social enterprise emergence from social movement activism: The Fairphone Case. Journal of Management Studies, 53(5), 846-877. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12208

  • Burchell, J., Kennedy, S., & Murray, A. (2015). Responsible management education in UK Business Schools: Examining the role of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) as a driver for change. Management Learning, 46(4), 479-497. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507614549117

  • Kennedy, S. (2011). Stakeholder Management for Sustainable Development Implementation: The Case of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System. Social & Environmental Accounting, 31(2), 139-153. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969160X.2011.593818

Professional (2)
  • Kennedy, S., & Rood, EM. (2017). Eco-transformation: a global sustainability wake-up call. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 29(1), 5-7. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/98610

  • Kennedy, S., & Perego, P. (2016). Value creation through integrated reporting. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 26(2), 11-13. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/93038

Academic (5)
  • Kennedy, S., & Bocken, N. (2020). Innovating business models for sustainability: An essential practice for responsible managers. In The Research Handbook of Responsible Management (pp. 640-653). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Kennedy, S., & Whiteman, G. (2017). A Place-based analysis of sustainable water management. In The World Scientific Reference on Entrepreneurship volume 3: Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (pp. 159-192). World Scientific. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789813220614_0007

  • Whiteman, G., & Kennedy, S. (2016). Sustainability as process. In A. Langley, & H. Tsoukas (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies SAGE Publications Ltd.

  • Kennedy, S., & Whiteman, G. (2015). Environmentalism and corporate sustainability. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Management (3 ed., Vol. 6) https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118785317.weom060072

  • Kennedy, S., Whiteman, G., & Williams, A. (2015). Sustainable Innovation at Interface: Workplace Pro-Environmental Behavior as a Collective Driver for Continuous Improvement. In The Psychology of Green Organizations Oxford University Press.

Academic (1)
  • Van Koert, M., Sherwood, D., & Kennedy, S., (2019). Interface: Creating a Climate Fit for Life with Carpet Tiles

Activities

  • Erasmus Commodities and Trade Centre
    Start date approval: 26 Oct 2022
    End date approval: 25 Oct 2025
    Place: NETHERLANDS
    Description: Executive Education Teaching
  • RSM BV
    Start date approval: 26 Oct 2022
    End date approval: 25 Oct 2025
    Place: ROTTERDAM
    Description: Executive Education Teaching
  • The UK Green Building Council
    Start date approval: 22 Jun 2023
    End date approval: 21 Jun 2026
    Place: LONDON, WC1E 7BT
    Description: N/A
  • MOSS Consultants & Capital
    Start date approval: 24 Sep 2023
    End date approval: 23 Sep 2026
    Place: NUENEN
    Description: Volunteering for a Social Enterprise in free time.
  • 2030 HUB Caribbean foundation
    Start date approval: 08 Nov 2023
    End date approval: 07 Nov 2026
    Place: DE RUYTERKADE 55, WILLEM
    Description: Teaching business sustainability

Courses

Climate change strategy roleplay

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BM-IM10FE
  • Level: Master

Climate change strategy roleplay

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BM-IM14FE
  • Level: Master, Master, Master

Business Sustainability & Social-Ecological Systems

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BM01GBS
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Global Business Strategies

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BM02GBS
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Sustainability Ethics & Sustainable Behaviour

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BM03GBS
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Sustainability Grand Challenges

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BM05GBS
  • Level: Master

Managing NGOs

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMME037
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Sustainable business models

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMME040
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMME080
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master, Master, Master

Corporate Social investors as a force for positive change

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BMME143
  • Level: Master

Movement for Change: Social Movements and Protest in and around Organizations

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMME157
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Organizations & natural environment

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BMME170
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Sustainability Accounting and Reporting

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BMME175
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

GBS Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMMTGBS
  • Level: Master

Research Methodology I

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024, 2022/2023
  • Code: BMRM5GBS
  • Level: Master

Past courses

Sustainable Finance

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMME113
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Circular Economy and implementing “Positive Impact”

  • Study year: 2021/2022
  • Code: BMME050-4
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master, Master, Master

Circular Economy and implementing “Positive Impact”

  • Study year: 2021/2022
  • Code: BMME050-5
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master, Master, Master

Global Value Chains

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMME158
  • Level: Master

Research Methodology I

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRM3GBS
  • Level: Master

Circular Economy

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMME050
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master, Master, Master

Clean Tech Business Study (Intellectual Property)

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2016/2017
  • Code: BMME112
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master

Communicating Sustainability

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMME107
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Corporations and justice

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMME038
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Cross-sector Partnerships for Sustainable Development

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMME121
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Innovation Management

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BM-IM09CC
  • ECTS: 8 Level: Master

Leadership, Sustainability & Governance

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BAB29
  • Level: Bachelor 2, Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Personal Narrative, Communication, and Career

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BM04GBS
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRM4GBS
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master

Science & Practice for Transform. Change

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: UC-MINUC-05
  • ECTS: 15 Level: Level 300

GBS Company-based Research Project

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BMBPGBS
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRM2GBS
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Master

Leadership, Sustainability & Governance

  • Study year: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BAB27
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Bachelor 2, Bachelor 2, Pre-master

GBS Research project

  • Study year: 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME039
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Climate Change Strategy Roleplay

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: IM10FE
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master

GBSM master thesis

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSMMTGBSM
  • ECTS: 16

Sustainability leadership and planetary boundaries

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSM01GBS
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

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