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. His research has featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Long Range Planning and Journal of Cleaner Production. Dr Kennedy is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Eco-Transformation and teaches courses such as 'Climate Change Strategy Role-Play' and 'Sustainability Leadership and Planetary Boundaries'.


  • Academic (8)
    • 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 publishing. 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. (2014). Environmentalism and corporate sustainability. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd edition

  • 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 -

Conventional management research focuses on providing managerial insights for more efficient business operations, often neglecting the implications of business practices on society and the environment. Research conducted by the members of the Department of Business-Society Management moves beyond this and provides a different perspective: it starts with the challenges that society and our natural environment face and then considers how businesses, in partnership with other actors and organizations, can address these challenges. The research conducted by the members of the Business-Society Management department focuses on a variety of topics in this context, all directly relevant to businesses acting upon unprecedented social and environmental changes. Topics of this research program include alternative definitions of and approaches to business, including issues around climate change, corporate communication, sense-making processes in the context of sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy, new business-society strategies, alternative organization forms such as social enterprises and partnerships, alternative governance regimes such as commons/cooperatives, and aligning corporate value propositions with societal issues and social innovation. As part of this open PhD project, you choose a topic that first within the department and that links with your expertise. Please make clear in your application which specific topic or sub-theme from the research conducted within the program fits best with your interests and expertise. For this, it is useful to explore the website of the department, focusing on the entries of the advising faculty.

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