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 work full-time as a sustainability practitioner on the climate change team at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) and also maintain an appointment as an Assistant Professor at MSC. I am particularly interested in the interlinked and complex nature of sustainability governance, particularly with regard to companies’ international supply chains.  What is the responsibility of business to manage, mitigate and govern sustainability issues?  Why do companies choose different modes and approaches to do this?  What’s the difference in utility between different modes and models of collaborative organizing?  What governance approaches can make international supply chains more sustainable?  These indicative questions guide my research and practice on sustainability governance issues.  As well, am 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)
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Erin Leitheiser / How Domestic Contexts Shape International Private Governance : The Case of the European Accord and American Alliance in Bangladesh.
In: Regulation & Governance, 28.2.2021
Journal article > peer review
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
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Duration of activity

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Business for Social Responsibility

2021 onwards

Manager, Climate Change