Caroline Flammer

Dean’s Research Scholar, Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Post-doctoral researcher, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2013
PhD, University of St. Gallen, 2009

Caroline Flammer is an associate professor of strategy and innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Her research interests are in competitive strategy at the intersection of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, impact investing, and innovation. In particular, her work examines whether and how companies’ social and environmental engagement — in short, their corporate social responsibility (CSR) — contributes to their competitiveness. Her research identifies an important strategic component of CSR, and shows that CSR benefits companies along several dimensions that are core to their competitiveness and enhance their financial performance. Moreover, she examines which governance structures are conducive to the pursuit of CSR and other long-term strategies such as innovation.

She has published in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and the Strategic Management Journal. Caroline was awarded the 2015 Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) Scholar Award. She is also the recipient of several other prestigious awards including the 2013 Moskowitz Prize for Best Paper in Sustainable and Responsible Investing, the 2014 Glueck Best Paper Award of the BPS Division of the Academy of Management, the 2015 French Social Investment Forum-Principles for Responsible Investment (FIR-PRI) Award for Best Published Paper in Finance and Sustainability, and most recently the 2016 Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute Research Award and the 2017 Moskowitz Prize for Best Paper in Sustainable and Responsible Investing.

Caroline serves as Associate Editor for the Strategic Management Journal and is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal. At Questrom, she serves as the Academic Director of the Social Impact MBA program and is the PhD Coordinator for the Strategy & Innovation Department.

Before joining Boston University, she was a faculty at Ivey Business School and a postdoctoral researcher at MIT Sloan School of Management. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

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