Jette Knudsen

Jette Knudsen

(617) 627-4167
Research/Areas of Interest: My work is interdisciplinary and draws primarily from political science and business in society scholarship. I define my field of research as the government regulation of social welfare. I use the term social welfare to refer to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities but I also consider social welfare to mean employment and training opportunities with a particular focus on low-skilled workers.


  • BS, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, 1988
  • MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 1995
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 2001


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.
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