Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Seminar: Ethical vanities: Why behaviour does not align with ethical intentions

This is an event in the Corporate Social Responsibility series taking place at Leeds University Business School on Wednesday 8 November 2017

Professor Timothy Devinney, Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation, will be delivering the first presentation in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 2017/18 seminar series.

This talk will focus on 10 years of experimental and field research on ethical related consumption, investment and work choice. The studies show that simple models of intention driven behaviour fail to predict decision outcomes. It also shows that stated preference methods (e.g. surveys), have little, if any relationship to experimental or revealed decision outcomes. One of the implications is that survey based and research that is more distant from realistic outcomes is unlikely to possess sufficient validity to be good models for business and policy makers.

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About the speaker

Professor Timothy Devinney

Timothy Devinney (BSc CMU; MA, MBA, PhD Chicago) is Professor, University Leadership Professor, and Pro Dean of Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds.

He has held positions at the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, UCLA and the Australian Graduate School of Management and been a visitor at many other universities (e.g., CBS, LBS, Humboldt, Hamburg, Trier, Konstanz, Ulm, Frankfurt, BI, HKUST & City University HK). He has published over a dozen books and more than ninety articles in leading journals including Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Management Science, The Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, and Organization Science. He is a fellow of the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Academy of Arts and is the only management recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, as well as having been a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow. He is a past Global Strategy IG Chair, past Chair of the International Management Division of the AOM and the former Editor of AOM Perspectives. He currently on the editorial board of over a dozen of the leading journals and Director of the SSRN international management network.