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Robert Strand - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Robert Strand Robert Strand

Lecturer | Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, UNITED STATES

Leading expert on Nordic sustainable business and Nordic capitalism

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Areas of Expertise (6)

Corporate Social Responsibility Corporate Governance of Sustainability Ethics of the Corporation Scandinavian Approaches to Sustainability Metaphors of Strategic Management Empathy and the Corporation

About

Robert Strand is the Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. His research and teaching compares U.S. and Nordic approaches to sustainable and socially responsible business. He has more recently turned attention to contrast varieties of capitalism in the U.S. and Nordic contexts and is currently working on the book project "Sustainable Vikings." He was a United States Fulbright Scholar to Norway.

Prior to joining academia as a professor with the Copenhagen Business School, Strand spent a decade in industry with IBM and Boston Scientific in a range of roles in manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, strategy, and investor relations. He holds a PhD in corporate social responsibility from the Copenhagen Business School, an MBA in international business from the University of Minnesota (completed at HEC-Paris), and a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin. With his wife Sarah, he is the proud parent of two wonderful boys.

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Beyond Yourself — Advancing Human Rights in Business Robert Strand interviews Patagonia President CEO Rose Rose Marcario Robert Strand Keynote: Sustainable Vikings

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Education (3)

Copenhagen Business School: PhD, Doctoral School of Organization & Management Studies

University of Minnesota: MBA, International Business

University of Wisconsin: BS, Industrial Engineering

Honors & Awards (7)

Nykredit CSR Research Talent Award

2013

Society for Business Ethics Founders’ Award

2012

Next Generation Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Scholar Award

2010

Bush Leadership Fellow & Award, Archibald Bush Foundation

2009-10

Society for Business Ethics Emerging Scholar Award

2008

Net Impact Distinguished Member Award

2008

U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Norway

2005-06

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2014

2014 – present, Executive Director, Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business
2014 – present, Lecturer, Berkeley Haas
2012 – 2014, Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School
2009 – 2012, Ph.D. Fellow, Copenhagen Business School
2006 – 2009, Principal Market Planner, Boston Scientific Corporation
2005 – 2006, U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Norway
2003 – 2005, Industrial Engineer, Boston Scientific Corporation
1999 – 2003, Industrial Engineer, IBM Corporation

Media Appearances (7)

AI is coming. What does that mean for business education?

Poets & Quants  online

2018-10-23

Robert Strand, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business, warns students can be too focused on the undeniable power of machine learning, and not the risks. "My concern involves the unintended consequences of AI – the aspects that were not by design but nevertheless are an outcome in a world where AI is everywhere," he said.

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Jeans giant adopts new operating model

Innovators Magazine  online

2018-02-27

Robert Strand, executive director for the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business, added: “This is a significant win for the industry. It’s inspiring to see how LS&Co. used constraints to drive innovation, paving the way for a more sustainable apparel industry. This is an important step forward that I hope others will follow.”

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MBA Application: 6 Of The Best US Business Schools For Social Impact

Business Because  online

2017-08-29

Of the school’s commitment to addressing social and environmental challenges, Robert Strand, executive director of Haas’ Center for Responsible Business said: “We live and breathe social impact at Berkeley. Berkeley-Haas is a pioneer innovating social impact solutions, from our longstanding Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) to our expansive curricular opportunities, which include our Social Lean Launchpad course and our hosting of the annual Patagonia Case Competition.”

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How CEOs Decided Trump Is a Bad Investment

Fortune  online

2017-08-16

CEOs have been rapidly fleeing President Trump’s business councils. The CEOs of Merck, Intel, Under Armour (UAA, +1.46%)—and now 3M (MMM, +0.88%) and Campell’s Soup (CPB, -0.59%)—are all gone.

I just got up to get a cup of coffee. Did I miss anything? Oh, the president disbanded the business councils altogether. Hold on—another update: United Technologies (UTX, +1.72%) CEO Greg Hayes just resigned from the council. Sorry Greg, you’ve got to move a lot faster than that to stay ahead of the perpetual turmoil that is Donald Trump.

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How Businesses Can Profit with Purpose

San Francisco Chronicle  online

2017-06-28

How do you motivate someone to work?

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Who’s In Charge of Sustainability at Your Favorite Brand?

Racked  online

2016-11-23

Robert Strand, the executive director of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, studies the emergence of CSOs and says that it can be difficult to pin down who fills that role at different companies because it might be designated by a host of related terms, like "corporate social responsibility" or "corporate citizenship." Case in point: Nike first created a VP of Corporate Responsibility position in 1998, before renaming it a few times and ultimately landing on Chief Sustainability Officer in 2014.

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Scandinavia can be an inspiration for creating shared value

Financial Times  online

2014-04-25

Michael Porter, renowned management strategist and author of the influential Competitive Strategy (1980) and Competitive Advantage (1985), has recently performed a dramatic shift toward encouraging co-operation with the article Creating Shared Value. This shift is welcomed given that sustainability challenges are too big and urgent for any single actor to effectively address alone. Redirecting focus on co-operation, however, will demand concerted effort given Porter’s past success at embedding an almost rote allegiance to “competitive advantage” in the minds of business people. Scandinavian business can provide inspiration.

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Selected Papers & Publications (10)

Patagonia: Driving Sustainable Innovation by Embracing Tensions California Management Review

Robert Strand and Dara O’Rourke

2017

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Scandinavia: An Overview Journal of Business Ethics

Robert Strand, R. Edward Freeman, and Kai Hockerts

2014

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CSR and Beyond. A Nordic Perspective Corporate Communications: An International Journal

Mette Morsing, Robert Strand

2014

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Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage: The Theory and Practice of Stakeholder Engagement in Scandinavia Journal of Business Ethics

Robert Strand and R Edward Freeman

2013

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Strategic Leadership of Corporate Sustainability Journal of Business Ethics

Robert Strand

2014

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The Chief Officer of Corporate Social Responsibility: a Study of Its Presence in Top Management Teams Journal of Business Ethics

Robert Strand

2013

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Toward Sustainable Sustainability Learning: Lessons from a U.S. MBA study abroad program to Scandinavia Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability

Robert Strand

2011

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Exploring the Role of Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Review Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics

Robert Strand

2011

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Corporate Responsibility in Scandinavian Supply Chains Journal of Business Ethics

Robert Strand

2009

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The Stakeholder Dashboard Greener Management International and The Journal of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Practice

Robert Strand

2008

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Teaching (3)

Sustainable Business in the Nordics

XMBA296.5

Sustainable Business in the Nordics

MBA 292C

Sustainable Business in the Nordics

UGBA192T-1

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