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Jette Steen Knudsen

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

Jette Steen Knudsen

Professor of Policy and International Business
Shelby Collum Davis Chair in Sustainability
Phone
617-627-4167
Professor Jette Steen Knudsen
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, January 2001, PhD Political Science
  • Aarhus University, Denmark, February 1996, MA Political Science/cand.scient.pol.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, May 1995, MS Political Science
  • Aarhus University, Denmark, June 1988, BS Medicine
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 Visiting Professor in the Department of Management, Society and Communications 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 recent book (with Jeremy Moon) is titled “Visible Hands: Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Business” (Cambridge University Press, 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 Ph.D. in Political Science.

Research Interests

My work is interdisciplinary and draws primarily from political science and business in society scholarship.  I define my field of research as 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.

Examples of recent and ongoing research: http://ssrn.com/author=1680504

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

(The alphabetical norm is followed when each co-author contributed equally. When the alphabetical norm is not adhered to the listing of authors reflects the work contributed by each).

Accepted articles

Gregory Jackson, Julia Bartosch, Jette Steen Knudsen, Daniel Kinderman, Emma Avetysian. 2019. “Regulating Self-Regulation? The Politics and Effects of Mandatory CSR Disclosure in Comparison. Journal of Business Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-019-04200-0

Minna Halme, Jukka Rintamäki, Jette Steen Knudsen, Leena Lankoski and Mika Kuisma 2018. CSR Pathways to Environmental and Social Outcomes: The Exogenous and the Endogenous Routes.

Business and Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0007650318755648

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12253

Jette Steen Knudsen 2017. “How Do Domestic Regulatory Traditions Shape CSR in Large International US and UK Firms?” Global Policy. https://doi.org/10.1111/1758-5899.12409

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. 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, Which Companies Benefit Most from UN Global Compact Membership?

The European Business Review, November/December: 78-80.

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.

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).

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.

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.

  1. Articles under review

Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon. National Government Regulation of International Corporate Social Responsibility. Business Ethics Quarterly (resubmission).

Ben Cashore, Jette Steen Knudsen, Jeremy Moon, Hamish van der Veen. Private Governance and Public Policy. Special Issue in Regulation and Governance.

  1. Monographs

Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon 2017. Visible Hands: Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Business. Cambridge University Press. Book Series: “Business, Society and Value Creation”. Hardback ISBN: 9781107104907.

Torben Pedersen, Jette Steen Knudsen, Ole Kirkelund, Rikke Kolbech and Jakob Pyndt 2006. Globaliseringen starter i Danmark. Virksomhedernes udfordringer (Globalization begins in Denmark. New challenges for firms). DJØF’s Forlag, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  1. Book chapters

Christian Ibsen and Jette Steen Knudsen 2021. 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.

  1. Refereed Proceedings (recent conferences 2009 - April 2020)

Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon. 12 August 2019. Academy of Management Conference. Boston, MA. National Government and International CSR: A Contradiction in Terms or a Contribution to Global Governance?

Jette Steen Knudsen, July 4-6 2019. Co-organized (with Julia Grimm, Nora Lohmeyer and Juliane Reinecke), an EGOS subtheme Organizing across the Supply Chain, Edinburg, Scotland.

Jette Steen Knudsen and Christian Ibsen. 28 June 2019. SASE, New York. Growth Strategies and Welfare Reforms in Denmark: A Hybrid Model

Jette Steen Knudsen and Beth DeSombre. 28 June 2019. SASE, New York. Paper: Port Greening Measures -- Causes and Consequences: A Framework for Analysis.

Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon. 27 June 2019. SASE, New York. National Government and International CSR: A Contradiction in Terms or a Contribution to Global Governance

Jette Steen Knudsen and Beth DeSombre. May 7, 2019. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Paper: Port Greening Measures -- Causes and Consequences: A Framework for Analysis.

Paper presented at Conference on “Green Shipping Project”.

Jette Steen Knudsen and Beth DeSombre. January 14, 2019. Copenhagen Business School. Paper: Port Greening Measures -- Causes and Consequences: A Framework for Analysis. Paper presented at the workshop “Green Shipping Project”.

Jette Steen Knudsen and Christian Ibsen. October 12-13, 2018. Presentation to a Workshop on Growth Strategies and Welfare States organized by the Hertie School and SciencesPo. Berlin, Germany. Growth Strategies and Welfare Reforms in Denmark: A Hybrid Model

Jette Steen Knudsen. September 27-28, 2018. Presentation to a Conference on Nordic Models in an Age of Populism, Boston University. Multinational Firms

Jette Steen Knudsen and Jeremy Moon. May 24, 2018. Presentation to the Center for Corporate Governance, Copenhagen Business School. CSR and the role of Government

Jette Steen Knudsen. March 22-23, 2018. Co-organized (with Jeremy Moon, Ben Cashore and Hamish Van Der Veen) a research workshop at Copenhagen Business School on Public Regulation and Private Authority.

Jette Steen Knudsen. February 19, 2018. Keynote Presentation. University College London. The Role of Legalization for CSR.

Jette Steen Knudsen. January 11-12, 2018. Co-organized (with Jeremy Moon, Ben Cashore and Hamish Van Der Veen) a research workshop at Yale University on Public Regulation and Private Authority.

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 and Jeremy Moon 2016. Government Regulation of International Corporate Social Responsibility. EGOS Conference, Naples, Italy.

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 Tricia Olsen 2016. Institutions as Mechanisms of Credible Commitment and Accountability: How Political Science Can Contribute to Management Scholarship. SASE Conference, Berkeley, CA.

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.

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).

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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).

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 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

Working Papers

Jeremy Moon, Rieneke Slager, Christoph Brunn, Peter Hardi and Jette Steen Knudsen 2012. Analysis of the National and EU Policies Supporting Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact. Working Paper 2. Deliverable to “IMPACT Project” funded by the Directorate General for Research, European Commission (Framework 7 Program). The Working Paper can be downloaded at http://csr- impact.eu/documents/documents-detail.html?documentid=5.

Jette Steen Knudsen 2009. Case chapter on corporate governance in Novozymes. Published in Gregoric, A. et al. 2009. Corporate Governance as a Source of Competitiveness for Nordic Firms. Working Paper submitted to the Nordic Innovation Network. The Working Paper can be downloaded at www.nordicinnovation.org.

Jette Steen Knudsen 2004. Corporate Philanthropy and Public-Private Partnerships: Do New Approaches to Business Constitute Pitfalls for Corporations and Society? Working Paper, INT. CBS. Paper originally presented at the conference “The Ethical Wealth of Nations: Values and Social Development conference” Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona, Spain, July 24.

Jette Steen Knudsen and Bronwyn Dylla 2002. Merger Clearance in the US and Europe: A Comparison, Working Paper 18 – 2002, INT, Copenhagen Business School.

Jette Steen Knudsen 2001. A Paradigm Shift: Services Trade Reform in the European Union, Danish Institute of International Affairs (DUPI), Working Paper 2001/9.

Non-peer reviewed publications

Teaching cases

Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2012. Teaching case. Novo Nordisk and Diabetes in China (Teaching Case W12186 and Teaching Note W12185). Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada. Category Winner (Corporate Social Responsibility) in the 2012 EFMD Case Competition. http://www.efmd.org/research/awards/case-writing-competition.

Dana Brown and Jette Steen Knudsen 2014. Trip Trap –Managing CSR in the Global Supply Chain of a Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) (Teaching Case W14528 and Teaching Note W14529). Published with Richard Ivey.

Other articles

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. DN- V5N15. Augus

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