Sébastien is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Management at Cass Business School, City, University of London. Prior to joining Cass, Sébastien was a post-doctoral fellow in strategic management and organization at the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta. He received his PhD from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC), University of Lausanne.
Sébastien is interested in change and stability in the interactions between business and society, around issues of corporate responsibility, governance and sustainability. He currently examines how firms interact with civil society in several research projects, notably on shareholder activism, sustainability programs in developing countries, sustainable banking, transnational private regulation, and the role of memory for corporate (ir)responsibility. Sébastien's research has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations and the Journal of Management Studies. He has received multiple awards for his research, such as a Finalist for Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Review and the Best Sustainability Paper Award from the SIM division of the Academy of Management.
Sébastien currently teaches mainly on diverse MSc programs at Cass (MSc in Management, Global Supply Chain Management, Marketing Strategy and Innovation, International Business), but has taught on BSc, MBA, EMBA and PhD programs in the past. He is also currently involved as a tutor on the Executive PhD program.
Sébastien sits on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Review, Business & Society, and Business Ethics Quarterly. His service has been recognized multiple times by Best Reviewer Awards at these journals.
- Post-doctoral fellow, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada
- PhD in Management, Faculty of Business & Economics (HEC), University of Lausanne, Switzerland
- Academy of Management Review (2018) Outstanding Reviewer Award
- Academy of Management Learning & Education (2018) Outstanding Reviewer Award
- Academy of Management, SIM division (2017) Best Sustainability Paper Award
- Academy of Management Review (2017) Finalist for Best Paper Award
- Business Ethics Quarterly (2017) Best Reviewer Award
- Cass Business School (2014) School Prize for Excellent Research Publications
- Academy of Management, OMT division (2013) Best International Paper
- Academy of Management, OMT division (2013) Carolyn Dexter Award nominee
- Academy of Management, International Theme Committee (2012) Best International Dissertation Award
- Society for Business Ethics (2010) Founders’ Award
- Business Ethics
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Organization Theory
- Qualitative Research Methods
Title of thesis: Exploring the role of local setting dimensions in cross-sector collaborations for sustainable development
Summary of research
New questions are emerging in the management literature regarding the role of local settings and communities and how these can benefit from new organizational interventions and models that aim to address grand challenges such as lack of education, health issues, poverty, energy alternatives, achieving sustainable development, among other. Moreover, there are still variations in the literature in terms of what is considered successful engagement or outcome.
The goal of this research proposal is to contribute to understanding how cross-sector collaborations aimed to achieve sustainable development are embedding the dimensions of their local settings in the formation, implementation and outcomes of their initiatives
- Mena, S., Rintamäki, J., Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2016). On the Forgetting of Corporate Irresponsibility. Academy of Management Review, 41(4), pp. 720–738. doi:10.5465/amr.2014.0208.
- Palazzo, G. and Mena, S. (2011). Business and Human Rights – The New Responsibilities of Corporations in a Globalizing World. In Wentland, M. and Palazzo, G. (Eds.), Responsible Management Practices for the XXIst Century (pp. 25–34). Lausanne: Pearson.
Conference papers and proceedings (3)
- Waeger, D. and Mena, S. (2013). The Diffusion of Contested Practices across Environments: Social Movements’ Boundary-Bridging Role. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 9-13 August, Orlando, USA.
- Mena, S. and Palazzo, G. (2010). Input and output legitimacies in multi-stakeholder initiatives. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 6-10 August, Montréal, Canada.
- Gond, J.-.P., Mena, S. and Mosonyi, S. Meta-Reviewing the Business and Society Field through Sociological Paradigms.
Journal articles (8)
- Mena, S. (2017). Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life, by Edward P. Stringham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 296 pp. ISBN: 978-0199365166. Business Ethics Quarterly, 27(04), pp. 641–644. doi:10.1017/beq.2017.38.
- Mena, S. and Suddaby, R. (2016). Theorization as institutional work: The dynamics of roles and practices. Human Relations, 69(8), pp. 1669–1708. doi:10.1177/0018726715622556.
- Mena, S. (2016). Book Review: Samuel F. Mansell Capitalism, Corporations and the Social Contract: A Critique of Stakeholder Theory. Organization Studies, 37(5), pp. 735–738. doi:10.1177/0170840616631716.
- Mena, S. and Waeger, D. (2014). Activism for corporate responsibility: Conceptualizing private regulation opportunity structures. Journal of Management Studies, 51(7), pp. 1091–1117. doi:10.1111/joms.12092.
- Mena, S. and Palazzo, G. (2012). Input and output legitimacy of multi-stakeholder initiatives. Business Ethics Quarterly, 22(3), pp. 527–556. doi:10.5840/beq201222333.
- Mena, S., de Leede, M., Baumann, D., Black, N., Lindeman, S. and McShane, L. (2010). Advancing the business and human rights agenda: Dialogue, empowerment, and constructive engagement. Journal of Business Ethics, 93(1), pp. 161–188. doi:10.1007/s10551-009-0188-8.
- Palazzo, G. and Mena, S. (2009). Can Tobacco Companies Be Good Corporate Citizens? Revue Medicale Suisse, 5(210), pp. 1454–1456.
- Waeger, D. and Mena, S. Activists as moral entrepreneurs: How shareholder activists brought active ownership to Switzerland. Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
Editorial activity (10)
- Business & Society, Editorial Board member, Dec 2017 – present.
- Academy of Management Review, Editorial Review Board member, 2017 – present.
- Academy of Management Learning & Education, Editorial Review Board member, 2017 – present.
- Business Ethics Quarterly, Editorial Board member, 2015 – present.
- Academy of Management Review, Ad-hoc reviewer, 2013 – present.
- Journal of Management Studies, Ad-hoc reviewer, 2013 – present.
- Organization Studies, Ad-hoc reviewer, 2013 – present.
- Business & Society, Ad-hoc reviewer, 2012 – present.
- Journal of Business Ethics, Ad-hoc reviewer, 2012 – present.
- Business Ethics Quarterly, Ad-hoc reviewer, 2011 – present.