Jette Steen Knudsen

Professor of Policy and International Business; Shelby Collum Davis Chair in Sustainability


Education
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biography

Jette Steen Knudsen is Professor of Policy and International Business and holds the Shelby Collum Davis Chair in Sustainability. She has also been appointed as a Velux Fellow at Copenhagen Business School. Her research centers on the interface between government regulation and business actions with a particular focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She studies the ability of governments in economically advanced industrialized nations to promote social change through regulation of social practices of home country multinationals in developing countries. Her new book (with Jeremy Moon) is titled “Visible Hands: Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Business” (Cambridge University Press, November 2017). She has published in journals such as British Journal of Industrial Relations, Business and Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Policy and Politics, Political Studies and Regulation and Governance. From 2003-2007 Knudsen headed a government-sponsored think tank, The Copenhagen Centre for CSR. She then served as project leader of a CSR task force for the CEO at Maersk, a shipping, oil and retail conglomerate. Knudsen graduated from MIT in 2001 with a PhD in Political Science.


Curriculum Vitae - Jette Steen Knudsen

ARTICLES
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2017. Government Regulation of International Corporate Social Responsibility in the US and the UK: How Domestic Institutions Shape Mandatory and Supportive Initiatives. British Journal of Industrial Relations. DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12253.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2017. How Do Domestic Institutions Shape Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Large International US and UK firms? Global Policy. DOI:10.1111/1758-5899.12409. The article is part of a Special Issue on Global Supply Chains and Protection of Labor Standards edited by Brian Burgoon and Luc Fransen.
• Anke Hassel, Jette Steen Knudsen and Betina Wagner 2016. Winning the battle or losing the war: the impact of European integration on labour market institutions in Germany and Denmark. Journal of European Public Policy, 23(8), 1218–1239. The article won the best paper award at the 2015 European Studies Association Conference articles (best of 500 articles). The article was also published as a chapter in Alastair Young (Ed.) (2017) The European Union at an Inflection Point. (Dis)integrating or the New Normal? Routledge.
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2015. The Role of Domestic Institutions and Market Pressures as Drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): An Examination of Company CSR Initiatives in Denmark and the UK. Political Studies, 63(1): 181-201 (The article was nominated as one of the six best Political Studies articles published in 2015).
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Dana Brown 2015. Why Governments Intervene: Exploring Mixed Motives for Public Policies on Corporate Social Responsibility. Public Policy and Administration, 30(1): 51– 72.
• Jette Steen Knudsen, Jeremy Moon and Rieneke Slager 2015. Government Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: A Comparative Analysis of Institutionalisation. Policy and Politics, 43(1): 81-99.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Dana Brown 2014. Principles for Generating Shared Value. Published by The Conference Board’s Sustainability Matters. USA, www.conferenceboard.org.
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2013. No Shortcuts – Achieving Shared Value Means Changing the Business Culture. Director Notes series published by The Conference Board. No. DNV5N15. August (the article was also featured in Sustainability Matters 2014).
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2013. The Growth of Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains: Mission Impossible for Western Small and Medium-Sized Firms? Journal of Business Ethics, 107(2): 387-398.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2013. The Integration of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives into Business Activities. Can Lessons be Learnt from Gender Diversity Programs? International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 8(3): 210-223.
• Jette Steen Knudsen, Mette Ege and Kathrine Geisler 2013. Corporate Social Responsibility in the Board Room – When do Directors Pay Attention? Human Resource Development International, 16(2): 238-246.
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2012, Managing CSR Globally and Locally: Lessons from a CSR Leader. Business and Politics, 14(3). 29 pages.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2011, Which Companies Benefit Most from UN Global Compact Membership? The European Business Review, November/December: 78-80.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2011. Company Delistings from the UN Global Compact: Limited Business Demand or Domestic Governance Failure? Journal of Business Ethics, 103(3): 331-349.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2011. Private Sector Career Trajectories for Women in Denmark and the US: Welfare State vs. Corporate Diversity Programs. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 17(3) 261– 275.
• Cathie Jo Martin and Jette Steen Knudsen 2010. Scenes from a Mall: Retail Training and the Social Exclusion of Low-skilled Workers. Regulation and Governance, 4 (3): 345-364.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2010. Women in Private Sector Management: A Comparison of State Regulation and Company Initiatives. Perspectives on Europe, 40(2): 5-14 (published by the Council for European Studies at Columbia University – publication by invitation).
• Allan Lerberg Jørgensen and Jette Steen Knudsen 2006. Sustainable Competitiveness in Global Value Chains. How do Small Danish Firms Behave? Corporate Governance. The International Journal of Business in Society (special issue) summer: 449-462.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2005. Is the Single European Market an Illusion? Obstacles to Reform of EU Takeover Regulation. European Law Journal, 11(4): 507-524.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2002. Germany’s Service Sector Reforms: Lessons for Policy-makers. Journal of Public Policy 22(1): 77-100.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 1998. Integrating West and East European Markets: Changing Trade Preferences in Traditional Manufacturing Sectors. Comparative Political Studies, 31(2): 188-216.

BOOK CHAPTERS
• Christian Ibsen and Jette Steen Knudsen 2018. The Danish Growth and Welfare Model. In National Growth Strategies and Welfare State Reforms edited by Anke Hassel and Bruno Palier (Oxford University Press).
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2018. Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): The Implication for Corporate Governance. In Corporate Governance in Contention edited by Ciaran Driver and Grahame Thompson (Oxford University Press).
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2017. Government as a Regulator of CSR: Beyond Voluntarism. In Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communication, Governance (textbook) edited by Andreas Rasche, Mette Morsing, and Jeremy Moon (Cambridge University Press): 246-272.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2015. Attaining Sustainable Practice: The Systemic Interdependence of Multi- National Corporations, Governments and Civil Society - Implications for Corporations. In Business as Usual is Not Good Enough, edited by Sue Mohrman, Jim O'Toole and Edward Lawler (Greenleaf): 174-190.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2013. The Growth of Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains: Mission Impossible for Western Small and Medium-Sized Firms? In Sustainable Value Chain Management: Analyzing, Designing, Implementing, and Monitoring for Social and Environmental Responsibility, edited by Adam Lindgreen, Sankar Sen, Francois Mahon and Joëlle Vanhamme (Gower Publishing): 73-93.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2010. The Organization of CSR as a Means of Corporate Control: From Do- Gooding Sideshow to Mainstream? In Corporate Social and Human Rights Responsibilities: Global Legal and Management Perspectives, edited by Karin Buhmann, Mette Morsing and Lynn Roseberry (Palgrave MacMillan): 175-200.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2006. The Global Reporting Initiative in Denmark: Emperor’s New Clothes or Useful Reporting Tool? In Reconciling Governance Philosophies: 21st Century Challenges, edited by Mette Morsing and Andrew Kakabadse (Palgrave MacMillan): 129-140.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2005. Liberalization of Services in the European Union: A Break with Tradition? In Institutional Challenges to the European Union in the Wake of Eastern Enlargement, edited by Amy Verdun and Osvaldo Groci (Manchester University Press): 72-91.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2017. The Rana Plaza Tragedy: How Competing Ideas Shaped US Public and Private Regulation to Improve Workers Rights. SASE Conference, Lyon, France.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon 2017. Government Regulation of International Corporate Social Responsibility. SASE Conference, Lyon, France.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2016. Does the organization of labor strengthen or weaken the impact of regulatory initiatives intended to improve working conditions in global supply chains? SASE Conference, Berkeley, CA.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon 2016. Government Regulation of International Corporate Social Responsibility. EGOS Conference, Naples, Italy.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Tricia Olsen 2016. Institutions as Mechanisms of Credible Commitment and Accountability: How Political Science Can Contribute to Management Scholarship. SASE Conference, Berkeley, CA.
• Anke Hassel, Jette Steen Knudsen and Bettina Wagner 2015. Free Markets and Social Protection. Labor Migration in the Meat Industry as a case of Embedded Markets in Europe. European Union Studies Association, Boston, March (paper selected amongst top 10 papers of 500 conference papers).
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2015. Bringing the State Back in? How do governments shape CSR programs in large international US and UK firms? US and European Government Regulation of CSR in International Business. SASE Conference, London, the UK.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2015. Regulatory Solutions to Improving Occupational Safety and Health in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector: Exploring Effects in US and European Supplier factories. SASE Conference, London, the UK.
• Minna Halme, Jette Steen Knudsen, Jukka Rintamäki and Mika Kuisma 2014. CSR Pathways to Environmental and Social Outcomes: The Exogenous and the Endogenous Routes. Paper presentation at the Academy of Management Conference (best paper award in the Society in Management section), 4-7 August, Philadelphia, PA.
• Anke Hassel, Jette Steen Knudsen and Bettina Wagner 2014. Cheap Labour: Labour Migration, Labour Market Institutions and Institutional Change. Paper presentation at the Society for Socio- Economic Studies Conference, 9-12 July, Chicago, IL.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon. 2014. Visible Hands: Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Business. Paper presentation at the Society for Socio-Economic Studies Conference, 9-12 July, Chicago, IL.
• Anke Hassel, Jette Steen Knudsen and Bettina Wagner 2014. Cheap Labour: Labour Migration, Labour Market Institutions and Institutional Change. Paper presentation at the Council of Europeanists’ Conference, 14-16 March, Washington DC.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2014. Attaining Sustainable Practice: The Systemic Interdependence of Multi- National Corporations, Governments and Civil Society – Implications for Corporations. Conference 19-21 February at the University of Southern California Marshall titled “Corporate Stewardship: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness”.
• Christian Ibsen and Jette Steen Knudsen, 2014. Outsourcing and job loss in the European meat industry. Sciences Po, Paris. Conference organized by Anke Hassel and Bruno Palier, December.
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2013. Visible Hands: Government Policies on Corporate Social Responsibility in Denmark and the UK. Paper presented at the Council of European Studies Conference in Amsterdam, June 26.
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2013. Visible Hands: Government Policies on Corporate Social Responsibility in Denmark and the UK. Paper presented at the Society for Socio-Economic Studies Conference in Milan, June 27.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon 2013. State Strength and Economic Globalization: Proposing a Typology of CSR Regulation. Paper presented at the Society for Socio-Economic Studies Conference in Milan, June 27.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon 2013. The Regulatory Configurations of Political CSR: International Interactions of Business, Civil Society and Government. Paper presented at a Journal of Management Studies Paper Development Workshop at CBS, May 22-23.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon 2012. CSR as Mutual Governance: Interactions of Government, Civil Society and Business across Borders. Paper presented to the Academy of Management Conference in Boston in August.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2012. The Growth of Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains: Mission Impossible for Western Small and Medium-Sized Firms? Paper presented to the SASE Conference in Boston in June.
• Anne Roemer-Mahler, Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2012. Health Care Responsibility Deals in the UK: Governance through CSR. Paper presented to a Workshop funded by the Carlsberg Foundation on “The Emerging Frontiers for Private and Public Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), CBS May 2-3.
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2012. Visible Hands: Government Policies on Corporate Social Responsibility in Denmark and the UK. Paper presented to a Workshop funded by the Carlsberg Foundation on “The Emerging Frontiers for Private and Public Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), CBS May 2-3.
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon 2012. CSR as Mutual Governance: Interactions of Government, Civil Society and Business across Borders. Paper presented to a Workshop funded by the Carlsberg Foundation on “The Emerging Frontiers for Private and Public Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), CBS May 2-3.
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2012. How do Domestic Institutions Influence Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? An Examination of Government Policies and Company Initiatives in Denmark and the UK. Paper presented to the Council for Europeanists Conference in Boston (Panel: Regulating Europe).
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2012. Visible Hands: Government Policies on Corporate Social Responsibility in Denmark and the UK. Paper presented to the Council for Europeanists Conference in Boston (Panel: The Welfare State and Social Stratification).
• Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon 2012. Business in Society – A Blind Spot for Social Scientists? Paper presented to the ICCSR 10th Anniversary Conference “CSR Futures – Knowledge and Practice” at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, the Business School at the University of Nottingham (Panel: CSR and Governance).
• Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2011. The Emerging Spread of CSR Initiatives in Multinational Firms: Do National Institutions Matter? Paper presented to the SASE 23rd Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2011. Is there a Relationship between Human Resource Management and CSR? : A Comparison of the Organization and the Outcomes of Gender Diversity and the CSR Initiatives in a US Multinational Corporation. Paper presented to the SASE 23rd Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain.
• Jette Steen Knudsen. 2011. The Internal Organization of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives: Can Lessons be learnt from Gender Diversity Programs? Paper presented to the 2nd Nordic Symposium on CSR, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2010. Company Delistings from the UN Global Compact: Limited Demand for CSR or Domestic Governance Failure? Paper presented to the 10th EURAM Conference. Rome, Italy.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2010. Company Delistings from the UN Global Impact: Limited Demand for CSR or Domestic Governance Failure? Paper presented to the Nordic Symposium on CSR, Copenhagen, Denmark.
• Jette Steen Knudsen 2010. The Welfare State as a Career Stopper: Why Liberal Markets Provide Better Opportunities for Women. Paper presented to the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Montreal, Canada.
• Jette Steen Knudsen. 2009. Changing Boundaries between Public and Private Regulation of Global Business. Paper presented at a conference at MIT’s Department of Political Science. Globalization and Politics: A Conference in Honor of Suzanne Berger (organized by Sophie Meunier, Peter Hall, Wade Jacoby and Jonah Levy), Boston, USA

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