Erin Leitheiser

Assistant Professor

Room: DH.Ø.2.60

Tel: +4538153286

E-mail: el.msc@cbs.dk

Skype: erinleit

I am interested in the blurring boundaries between public and private responsibilities, particularly with regard to the governance of CSR and sustainability issues.  Where, how and why are businesses contributing to the public good?  Why do companies engage in voluntary efforts like private governance (differently)?  What’s the difference between different modes and models of collaborative organizing?  What are the implications of companies taking on governance roles?  What governance approaches can make international supply chains more sustainable?  These indicative questions guide my research on private governance initiatives, supply chain management and governance, and varying CSR approaches.  I currently explore these issues empirically through the case of the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry.  In addition, as a former CSR practitioner, I am also keenly interested in research relevance and bridging the research-practice gap. 

P R I M A R Y R E S E A R C H A R E A S


  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Private Governance
  • International Supply Chains / Global Value Chains
  • ISC/GV Chains
  • Ethical trade
  • Sustainability
  • Partnerships, MSIs, Industry Coalitions and other Collaborations
  • Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry




P U B L I C A T I O N S


2020 Jette Steen Knudsen; Erin Leitheiser; Jeremy Moon / International Private Governance and Domestic Regulation of Building Safety in the Reeady-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh: Media Portrayals of Supply Chain Governance in the Global North and Global South. Paper presented at 36th EGOS Colloquium 2020, 2020. Erin Leitheiser; Syeda Nusaiba Hossain; Shuvro Sen; Gulfam Tasnim; Jeremy Moon; Jette Steen Knudsen; Shahidur Rahman / Early Impacts of Coronavirus on Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chains. Frederiksberg : The Regulation of International Supply Chains (RISC) 2020, 24 p. (RISC Briefing, No. April) 2019 Erin Leitheiser / Why Buy the Cow when You Can Get the Milk for Free? The Transparency Paradox of Private Governance. Paper presented at 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.16 p. Erin Leitheiser / The Comparative Dynamics of Private Governance : The case of the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2019, 201 p. (PhD series, No. 17.2019) Ph.D. thesis 2018 Erin Leitheiser / Drawing Lines and Taking Sides : How national context shapes international private governance engagement.
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018, 2018 Paper > peer review Erin Leitheiser / Shared Goals, Different Logics : Comparisons of the Antecedents and Outcomes of Business-Led and Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives.
Paper presented at 6th Biennial International Symposium on Cross-Sector Social Interactions. CSSI 2018, 2018 Paper Erin Leitheiser; Tina Mueller / The Conundrum of Responsibility : Who Is Responsible for the Sustainability of the Clothes We Wear? An Essay.
Paper presented at Third International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), 2018 Paper > peer review 2017 Erin Leitheiser / A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing? : How the Illusion of Hard Law Makes Business More Responsible.
In: Proceedings of the Seventy-seven Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briar Cliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2017 (Academy of Management Proceedings) Article in proceedings > peer review Erin Leitheiser / Are We Treating the Cause or the Symptoms?: Exploration of the Outcomes of Varying Approaches to Private Governance.
Paper presented at Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit, 2017 Paper > peer review Erin Leitheiser / Drawing Lines and Taking Sides: How National Context Influences Private Governance Arrangements.
Paper presented at The 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017, 2017 Paper > peer review Erin Leitheiser; Jennie Perzon / Friends, Foes or Frenemies?: Exploration of the Partnerships Paradox of CSOs and Business.
Paper presented at 5th CR3+ Conference, 2017 Paper > peer review Erin Leitheiser / What Makes Business Responsible?: How Actors and Context Influence the Politicization of the Business Institution.
Abstract from Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference 2017, 2017 Conference abstract for conference > peer review 2016 Erin Leitheiser / Here or there : The Role of Culture in Private Governance.
Paper presented at The International Conference on Business, Policy and Sustainability, 2016 Paper > peer review Erin Leitheiser / Moving the Goalpost : How the Collapse of Rana Plaza Altered Attributions of Responsibility in Bangladesh.
Paper presented at The 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016, 2016 Paper > peer review Erin Leitheiser / Organizationally Formative and Institutionally Transformative : Exploring the Role of CSR Communications in Micro, Mesa and Macro CSR Practice Adaptations. Paper presented at The 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016, 2016 Paper > peer review Erin Leitheiser / Political Talk Walks : The Role of Language in Politicizing Business. Paper presented at Workshop on Politcal CSR , 2016 Paper > peer review




S U P E R V I S I O N


Interested in supervising in the areas of:

  • Ethical trade
  • Apparel supply chains
  • Circular economy, particularly for fashion and textiles
  • Private governance, MSIs
  • Bangladesh, especially the RMG industry
  • Sustainable business models




A D M I N I S T R A T I V E  T A S K S


  • Project Manager, The Regulation of International Supply Chains (RISC)





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