Welcome to Andrew Crane, a new international Affiliate Faculty who officially began to collaborate with Audencia during the spring. His next visit to Audencia will occur from the 29th November to the 1st December. Don’t miss him!
Could you please introduce yourself?
I am Andrew Crane, a Professor of Business and Society at the University of Bath where I am also Director of the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society. I’ve recently returned to Europe after 10 years in North America at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. Prior to that I held positions in Cardiff University and Nottingham University in the UK.
I have been researching and teaching in the field of responsible business for more than 20 years. During this time, the subject has really moved from the fringes to the mainstream, and it has been really fascinating being part of that journey.
I am probably best known for my research on the changing role of the corporation in the global economy, where I have been one of several scholars involved in developing a new view of corporate responsibility that addresses the political roles and responsibilities of business. A lot of people also know about me from my textbooks on business ethics and CSR, as well as my blog. More recently, a lot of my research has focused on understanding the business of modern slavery and helping public, private and civil organizations develop evidence-based solutions to the problem.
I have published in some of the world’s leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review, California Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies. Since 2015, I have been the co-editor of the journal, Business & Society and am also currently on the editorial board of Academy of Management Review and Journal of Management Studies. Over the years, I have been a frequent contributor to the media, including the Financial Times, New York Times, Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. From 2008-2014, I co-authored the popular Crane and Matten blog and since 2017 I have edited the Bath Business and Society blog. You can also follow me on Twitter at @ethicscrane.
What is the story between you and Audencia Business School?
My main connection to Audencia has been through Céline Louche, who I have known for a number of years. Céline and I have never actually worked together, but have appreciated each other’s work over the years, and I had the pleasure of hosting Céline in Toronto a few years ago. Of course, I also knew of various other business and society scholars at Audencia and so was interested in engaging more with the school. Funnily enough, one of my current colleagues at Bath, Marco Formentini, is presently moving to Audencia, and another recent appointment as an International Affiliate Faculty at Audencia, Mark Pagell, is a former colleague of mine from Schulich. So the story between me and Audencia is getting more interesting all the time!
Can you tell us about the ongoing collaborations with Audencia researchers?
It is still early days as I have only been over for one visit so far. However, I enjoyed hearing about and providing feedback on a lot of different projects underway in the school. As a result of this first trip, I am also in the early stages of developing a project proposal with Christian Vogtlin from Audencia regarding the response to business leaders making public pronouncements on political issues. This could not be more timely given the interest around CEO responses to the Trump administration in the US!