Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability
  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
Assistant professor

Room: DH.Ø.2.60
E-mail: el.msc@cbs.dk

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. 

Primary research areas
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Private Governance
  • International Supply Chains / Global Value Chains
  • Sustainability
  • Collaboration and Partnerships (e.g. MSIs)
Administrative tasks

Project Manager, The Regulation of International Supply Chains (RISC)
Coordinator, Sustainability Governance Group, CBS Sustainability
Coordinator, Governing Sustainable Value Chains group, Centre for Business and Development Studies

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Interested in supervising in the areas of:

  • Business and sustainability
  • Private governance / voluntary governance by corporations
  • Public and private regulation
  • Global value chains / international supply chains / global production networks (especially in apparel/textiles)
  • Business and development
  • Bangladesh
  • Ethical trade
  • Organizational theory
  • Institutional theory
Publications sorted by:
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)
Erin Leitheiser / Shared Goals, Different Logics : Comparison of Multi-Stakeholder and Business-Led Initiatives.
In: Proceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2020, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
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
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, 2019
Paper > peer review
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
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
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
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Outside activities

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