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Szilvia Mosonyi

PhD Student

Faculty of Management


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Cass Business School
106 Bunhill Row
United Kingdom


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.


  1. PG Certification in Teaching in Higher Education, Cass Business School, United Kingdom, Jan 2018
  2. PhD, Cass Business School, United Kingdom, Sep 2015
  3. MA, Cass Business School, United Kingdom, Sep 2014 – Sep 2015
  4. MA, University of Nottingham Business School, United Kingdom, Sep 2006 – Sep 2007
  5. University Diploma (equivalent to integrated Master's degree), Eotvos Lorand University of Science (ELTE), Hungary, Sep 2000 – Sep 2005


  1. Research Assistant, Cass Business School, Sep 2014 – present
  2. Manager, Deloitte LLP, Sep 2007 – May 2014



Title of Thesis: The Emergence of the CSR Profession: A macro and micro level perspective

Sep 2014

Summary of Research

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.

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Reports (3)

  1. Spicer, Andre, , Lindley, Dominic, , Gond, Jean-Pascal, , Mosonyi, , Jaser, Zahira, , Marti, Emilio, , Petersen, Hannah, and Edwards, Abbie, (2016). Cultural change in the FCA, PRA & Bank of England: Practising what they preach?.
  2. Mosonyi, (2016). United we stand, divided we fall: Building successful relationships in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability..
  3. Gond, J.P., Spicer, A., Patel, K., Fleming, P., Mosonyi, S., Benoit, C. and Parker, S. (2014). A Report on the Culture of British Retail Banking. London: New City Agenda; Cass Business School (City University London).

Events/Conferences (9)

  1. Professional Service Firms Annual Conference. (Conference) Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden (2017).
    Paper: Relational responses to paradoxical tensions in CSR consultants’ identity work
    Author: Mosonyi, S.
    Co-authors: Gond, J-P.; Empson, L.
  2. EGOS Conference. (Conference) Copenhagen, Denmark (2017).
    Paper: Shooting for the Stars: Co-constructing a Professional Mandate for CSR
    Author: Mosonyi, S.
    Co-authors: Gond, J-P.; Empson, L.
  3. International Association For Business and Society (IABS). (Conference) Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2017).
    Paper: Meta-Reviewing the Business and Society Field through Sociological Paradigms: Towards Pluralistic Re-Presentation of CSR?
    Author: Gond, J-P.
    Co-authors: Mena, S.; Mosonyi, S.
  4. Business and Society Research Seminar. (Seminar) IESEG, Lille, France (2017).
    Paper: Co-constructing a mandate in the emerging CSR profession: consultants and clients
    Author: Mosonyi, S.
    Co-authors: Gond, J-P.; Empson, L.
  5. The Role of Consultants in Responsible Practices. (Public lecture) Paris Dauphine University, Paris, France (2017). Panel Member. Invited speaker.
  6. United we stand, divided we fall: Building impactful relationships in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. (Public lecture) Cass Business School, London, UK (2016).
    Paper: Launch event for the linked practitioner report with presentation and panel
    Description: Organiser, Keynote Speaker, Panel Member
  7. 7th International Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. (Conference) Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (2016).
    Paper: United we stand, divided we fall: Relationships between Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Professionals.
    Author: Mosonyi, S.
  8. Academy of Management Conference. (Conference) Anaheim, USA (2016).
    Paper: Knowledge, identity and power: Taking stock of management consulting research
    Author: Mosonyi, S.
    Co-authors: Empson, L.; Gond, J-P.
  9. EGOS Conference. (Conference) Naples, Italy (2016).
    Paper: 25 years of theorising: Management consultants as pretexts, contexts, service providers, practitioners and subjects
    Author: Mosonyi, S.
    Co-authors: Gond, J-P.; Empson, L.