Professor Dirk Matten

Professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto, Canada

Dirk Matten is a Professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto, Canada, where he holds the Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility. He has a doctoral degree and the habilitation from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf in his native Germany. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of London, the University of Nottingham and at Sabanc University in Istanbul.

Dirk currently serves as Schulich’s Associate Dean, Research. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB) at the Schulich School of Business.

Dirk has taught and done research at academic institutions in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Turkey, and the USA. He has published 24 books and edited volumes as well as more than 80 articles and book chapters which have won numerous prestigious awards. He is a co-author of the leading textbook Business Ethics, which is in its fourth edition. His work has appeared in many international journals including Academy of Management Review, California Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies.

Dirk’s research is noted for bringing important global and political views to corporate social responsibility scholarship. His two most cited papers – “Implicit” and “explicit” CSR: A conceptual framework for a comparative understanding of corporate social responsibility and Corporate citizenship: Toward an extended theoretical conceptualization – have both been cited more than 1000 times.

Dirk is a co-editor of the journal Business & Society (SAGE). He is frequently cited and interviewed for newspapers and TV and writes Op-Eds for papers such as Der Spiegel or The Globe and Mail. The Cambridge based think tank CSR International ranks him among the ‘Top 100 CSR Leaders’.



EEC 2018 TALK: The Global State of CSR

The unexpected outcome of the 2016 election in the US has turned daily political news into a never disappointing repository of tabloid entertainment. From new styles of politics – governing by Tweet as just one prominent example – to fairly mould breaking new revisionist policies on, for instance, immigration, the environment or global trade, the Trump administration has been breaking fairly uninhibited with many core values and tenets that held liberal democracies together across the traditional political spectra in most democratic and capitalist countries post World War II. While many of these policies have raised concern with regard to their social, environmental and ethical implications the effect on the corporate sector has led to some remarkable new initiatives. In particular, the approach many companies have taken in their policies and practices related to corporate social responsibility has been ironically re-invigorated by this shift in political priorities.

The talk will discuss and assess some of these shifts and venture into a future outlook while widening the perspective beyond the US context toward assessing the role and responsibilities of business in what could be considered an increasing rise of authoritarian capitalism globally.