dr. S.P. (Steve) Kennedy

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2012

Steve Kennedy is Associate Professor researching corporate sustainability, climate change and sustainability-oriented innovation at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Dr Kennedy’s current research interests include how corporate sustainability strategies are translated into successful innovation and the formation of future-ready sustainable business models. His research has featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning and Journal of Cleaner Production.  Dr Kennedy is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Eco-Transformation and Academic Director of the MSc Global Business & Sustainability. He teaches courses such as 'Climate Change Strategy Role-Play' and 'Sustainability Leadership and Planetary Boundaries'.

Key Publications (2)

  • S.P. Kennedy & G.M. Whiteman (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 Publishing[go to publisher's site]
  • G.M. Whiteman & S.P. Kennedy (2016). Sustainability as process. In A Langley & H Tsoukas (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies. SAGE Publications Ltd
  • S.P. Kennedy, G.M. Whiteman & A. Williams (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
  • S.P. Kennedy & G.M. Whiteman (2014). Environmentalism and corporate sustainability. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd edition
Make Our Planet Great Again: A Systems Perspective of Corporate Sustainability
  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Amanda Williams
  • Time frame: 2013 - 2018

Editorial positions (4)

  • Journal of Business Ethics

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Journal of Management Inquiry

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Journal of Cleaner Production

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

Organization Memberships

  • Sustainability Leadership & Planetary Boundaries (2017/2018, 2016/2017)

This project focuses on the circular business model innovation process. While scholars have ably identified a range of circular business model archetypes, little is known of how companies select or innovate the business model(s) to implement.

The core objective of this project is to identify and form a detailed understanding of the phases to the circular business model innovation process (i.e. ideation, selection, development etc) and provide insight to the challenges and facilitators from front-end innovation to the implementation of the business model. 

The project will identify key organisational practices of circular business model innovation and aims to form explanations of how firms manage the inherent complexity and uncertainty. The research aims to explain how factors such as firm competencies, marketplace environments and product type restrictions are taken into consideration and what tools and (new) competencies are required by firms to lead to effective outcomes.

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Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T11-44
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

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