Szilvia Mosonyi is a PhD Fellow in Management at Cass Business School, City University London. She holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from Nottingham University Business School (ICCSR), and in Sociology from the Eotvos Lorand University of Science in Hungary.
Szilvia’s research revolves around professions, CSR, and identity. In particular, it aims to answer questions such as how CSR professionals construct a mandate for their field and what tensions they face in their everyday work. Principal in her investigation is the client-consultant relationship.
Szilvia also actively participates in research projects directed towards practitioners. Such projects included a research report on culture change in the banking sector launched in the UK Parliament, and a study of the effectiveness of responsible investment for the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI). In September 2016, Szilvia launched her research report on working in the field of CSR as part of a successful event that welcomed over 70 practitioners at Cass Business School.
She is part of both the Centre for Professional Service Firms and ETHOS, the Centre for Responsible Enterprise at Cass. In the latter, she takes on an administrative role.
Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Szilvia spent 7 years as a CSR consultant at Deloitte in London, where she led and delivered advisory and assurance engagements to leading multinational companies across a variety of industries. This experience helped her succeed in teaching Executive MBAs at Cass Business School. She has experience in teaching CSR, organizational behaviour, management consulting, and design thinking to postgraduate and MBA students.
Szilvia's research focuses on corporate social responsibility (CSR), an emerging occupation, whose practitioners work in the intersection of business and society and address companies’ responsibilities or their social, environmental, and economic impact in the short, medium, and long term. Drawing on a qualitative study of CSR managers and CSR consultants in the UK, she investigates how these practitioners work together to construct legitimacy for their field and how they address conflicting tensions they face in their everyday work. Her study aims to advance our understanding of occupational legitimatizing strategies in contemporary professions, redefine the role of the 'client' in the occupations literature, and expand the knowledge on responses to dynamic tensions.