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I would describe my research area broadly as critical business ethics. In this context I have applied critical and ethical approaches to a number of distinct areas: ethics and HRM (critiquing unitarism in HRM); stakeholder theory (developing critical and relational understandings of stakeholder theory); CSR (developing political CSR approaches to employment and HRM); and corporate accountability (analysing CSR reporting and visual rhetoric in corporate reports). I have an ongoing interest in publication ethics.

I serve as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Business Ethics. Please read our latest editorial Deepening Methods in Business Ethics and previous editorials Focusing on Ethics and Broadening our Intellectual Base and Deepening Ethical Analysis in Business Ethics


Current special issues

Special Issue Human Relations NEW DEADLINE: 1 October 2020

Freedom, work and organizations in the 21st century – Freedom for whom and for whose purpose? 

Special Issue Journal of Business Ethics NEW DEADLINE: 31 January 2021

Recent projects and publications

Bringing philosophy to management studies:

Mir R. and Greenwood M. (2022)  ‘Philosophy and Management Studies: A Research Overview’ Abingdon, UK: Routledge https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351030700

Analyzing (pluralist) frames in industrial relations:

Van Buren III, H.J., Greenwood M., Donaghey J., and Reinecke J. (2020, online) Agonising over industrial relations: Bringing agonism and dissensus to the pluralist frames of reference Journal of Industrial Relations https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0022185620962536

Attending to the urgent topic of domestic violence and organization:

Wilcox T., Greenwood M., Pullen A., Jones D., & O’Leary Kelly A. (2020, online) Interfaces of domestic violence and organization: Gendered violence and inequality. Gender Work and Organisation  


Linking debates in critical management studies and stakeholder theory:

Greenwood, M. & Mir, R.A, (2019) Critical Management Studies and Stakeholder Theory: Possibilities for a Critical Stakeholder Theory in Jay B. Barney, R. Edward Freeman, Jeffrey S. Harrison, and Robert A. Phillips, (editors) The Cambridge Handbook of Stakeholder Theory. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press pp. 35-52 https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3234947

A methodological framework for the visual analysis of organizational communications:

Greenwood, M., Jack, G., & Haylock, B. (2019) Toward a Methodology for Analyzing Visual Rhetoric in Corporate Reports. Organizational Research Methods 22 (3): 798-827 doi:10.1177/1094428118765942

Criticizing (unitarist) ideology in HRM:

Greenwood, M., and Van Buren, H. J. (2017). Ideology in HRM Scholarship: Interrogating the Ideological Performativity of "New Unitarism". Journal of Business Ethics 142 (4): 663-678.

A systematic review of the nexus between CSR and HRM:

Voegtlin, C. and Greenwood M. (2016) Corporate social responsibility and human resource management: A systematic review and conceptual analysis. Human Resource Management Review 26 (3): 181-197.

Introducing our edited book on philosophy in organization studies:

Mir R., Willmott H., and Greenwood M. (2016). Philosophy in organization studies: Life, knowledge and disruption. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies. R. Mir, H. Willmott and M. Greenwood. Abingdon, UK: Routledge pp. 1-11.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Critical Business Ethics
  • CSR
  • Organisations Studies
  • Ethics and HRM
  • Visual and Discourse Analysis


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