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 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.


  • 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., & 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.

    • 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

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

  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Amanda Williams
  • Time frame: 2013 - 2018
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Mira Yoon
  • Time frame: 2019 -
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Mana Saki
  • Time frame: 2022 -
Integrated Reporting as an internal mechanism for organizational change
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Valerie Sydry
  • Time frame: 2018 -
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Aurélie Sapa Furaha
  • Time frame: 2023 -

The Business-Society Management department at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University has re-opened this position. We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate looking to study a topic in the area of sustainability and management. For this position, you will be able to freely choose your own research topic, within our department’s area of expertise. Potential research topics broadly cover the challenges that society and our natural environment face and then consider how organisations can address these challenges. Specific topics include (but are not limited to): systems and resilience thinking, sustainability issues in multinational enterprises and global value chains, corporate communication, sense-making processes, social innovation, business ethics, philanthropy, alternative organisational and governance forms such as social enterprises, commons and cooperatives, corporate social (ir)responsibility, (organisational) stigma, stakeholder management, and aligning corporate value propositions with societal issues.

Overall, we are looking for a candidate who is eager to learn to research how organisations and businesses can be key drivers of social change, and we welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Strong applicants typically have backgrounds in business or economics and are looking to pursue an academic career. Creativity, self-direction, and a passion for scientific research are therefore essential qualities.

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