Ben Neville

Leadership for Social Impact @ The Centre for Workplace Leadership, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor in the Department of Management & Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Ben researches and teaches in the area of sustainable business, including corporate social responsibility, business ethics, ethical consumption, and social entrepreneurship. He addresses these issues from strategic, ethical and critical perspectives. This has included research comparing national differences, managing stakeholders, the business case for sustainable business, the gap between ethical consumers’ intentions and behaviors, and most recently the role of the ‘social intrapreneur’ attempting to bring positive change from within the organization. In addition to his teaching and research, Ben is the Chair of the University’s Fair Trade Steering Committee, Coordinator of the Governance, Policy and Markets Stream in the Master of Environment, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Ben is also a Section Editor of Corporate Responsibility (Theory and Qualitative) of the international academic Journal of Business Ethics and Editorial Board member of the journal Business & Society, and a member of the International Association of Business and Society.

Network collaboration for positive change

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