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Stephen Brammer serves as Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath, having spent the first eleven years of his academic career at Bath before taking up senior positions at the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham in the UK, and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. An economist by training, Professor Brammer holds BA (Hons), MA, and PhD degrees in economics from the University of East Anglia.

Stephen is recognised globally for his research in the fields of corporate social responsibility, corporate reputation, stakeholder management, and sustainability. His research focuses on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability with an emphasis on firm-stakeholder relationships, the strategic management of these, and corresponding impacts on organizational performance and reputation.

Collaborating with colleagues around the world, Professor Brammer’s most recent research projects examine: (i) organizational responsibilities and good practices in relation to supporting and enabling employees with long term health issues such as cancer and mental health conditions; (ii) influences on organizations’ socially harmful behaviours and how these can be mitigated, including corporate use of tax havens, adverse environmental impacts, and harmful labour practices; (iii) the nature and extent of management scholarship addressing “Grand Challenges”, and more generally the impacts of business research; and (iv) practices and impacts of CEO activism on organizational and societal responses to social and environmental issues.

Stephen has published in many leading management journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the British Journal of Management.

Stephen serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Business & Society and Business Ethics Quarterly, as well has serving as an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management. Professor Brammer is a former President of the International Association of Business and Society, a leading scholarly society concerned with business ethics and corporate responsibility.

Professor Brammer is happy to supervise PhD students, and is keen to receive enquiries from students interested in pursuing doctoral research in areas of his expertise.


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Research Output

COVID-19, Societalization and the Future of Business in Society

Brammer, S., Branicki, L., Linnenluecke, M. & Smith, T., 8 May 2020, (Acceptance date) In : Academy of Management Perspectives.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Shame on Who? The Effects of Corporate Irresponsibility and Social Performance on Organizational Reputation

Nardella, G., Brammer, S. & Surdu, I., 23 Jan 2020, In : British Journal of Management. 31, 1, p. 5-23 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Grand challenges in management research: Attributes, achievements, and advancement

Brammer, S., Branicki, L., Linnenluecke, M. & Smith, T., 1 Nov 2019, In : Australian Journal of Management. 44, 4, p. 517-533 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Managing Carbon Aspirations: The Influence of Corporate Climate Change Targets on Environmental Performance

Dahlmann, F., Branicki, L. & Brammer, S., 15 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 158, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
10 Citations (Scopus)

An organizational ethic of care and employee involvement in sustainability-related behaviors: A social identity perspective

Carmeli, A., Brammer, S., Gomes, E. & Tarba, S. Y., Nov 2017, In : Journal of Organizational Behavior. 38, 9, p. 1380-1395 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

24 Citations (Scopus)


An Investigation into the Implementation of Socially and Environmentally Responsible Procurement

Author: Adrien-Kirby, A., 3 Jul 2013

Supervisor: Brammer, S. (Supervisor) & Millington, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Between inertia and adaptation: state and evolution of corporate environmental strategy

Author: Dahlmann, F., 1 Oct 2009

Supervisor: Brammer, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries: An Institutional Analysis

Author: Willi, A., 20 May 2015

Supervisor: Millington, A. (Supervisor), Brammer, S. (Supervisor) & Pavelin, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Performance of personal pension funds in the United Kingdom

Author: Petraki, A., 30 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Zalewska, A. (Supervisor) & Brammer, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Strategic Management and the Role of Business Strategy in Responsible Purchasing and Supply

Author: Hoejmose, S., 1 Sep 2010

Supervisor: Millington, A. (Supervisor) & Brammer, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD