Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability
  • Governing Responsible Business Research Environment
Associate professor
PhD, Director of CBS Sustainability

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Steen Vallentin is associate professor in CSR at the Department of Management, Society and Communication at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), where he is also associated with CBS Sustainability. His research is mainly focused on the political aspects of CSR, including the role of government, the emergence of new modes of governance and the impact of media and public opinion on corporate communication and action. His most recent publications include a critical book on CSR in Danish (Afkastet og anstændigheden – Social ansvarlighed i kritisk belysning) (2011), a paper for Organization on “Governmentality and the Politics of CSR” (2012) and a paper for Journal of Business Ethics entitled “Governmentalities of CSR: Danish Government Policy as a Reflection of Political Difference” (2013).



Primary research areas
  • Politics of corporate social responsibility
  • Governmentality and governance
  • Ideology and cynicism in the responsibility debate
  • Media and public opinion
  • Trust, values and management


Administrative tasks

Director of CBS Sustainability

Curriculum Vitae
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CSR – Managing the social impact of business, Cand.merc.-elective.


Selected publications
  • Vallentin, S. and Murillo, D (2012): ‘Governmentality and the Politics of CSR’. Organization, 19(6), 825-843.
  • Vallentin, S. (2013): ‘Governmentalities of CSR: Danish Government Policy as a Reflection of Political Difference’. Journal of Business Ethics, doi: 10.1007/s10551-013-1703-5, 1-15.
  • Vallentin, S. and Schmiegelow, A. (2013): ‘Sector-specific Corporate Responsibility in Denmark’. In: Beschorner, T., Hajduk, T. and Simeonov, S. (eds.): Corporate Responsibility in Europe. Government Involvement in Sector-Specific Initiatives (91-112). Bielefeld: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung.
  • Vallentin, S. (2013): ’Ét skridt frem … og to tilbage? CSR som filantropi’. Social Kritik, 133, 18-31.
  • Vallentin, S. and Murillo, D. (2010): ‘Government, Governance and Collaborative Social Responsibility’. In: Zsolnai, L. and Tencati, A. (eds.): The Collaborative Enterprise (209-227). Germany: Peter Lang.


Publications sorted by:
Steen Vallentin; David Murillo / CSR and the Neoliberal Imagination
In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Change: Institutional and Organizational Perspectives. . ed. /Arnaud Sales. Cham : Springer 2019, p. 43-59 (Ethical Economy, Vol. 57)
Book chapter > peer review
Søren Obed Madsen; Steen Vallentin / The Process of Othering in Public Organizations
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018, 2018
Paper > peer review
Steen Vallentin; Niels Thyge Thygesen / Tillid, magt og offentlige ledelsesreformer
København : Akademisk Forlag 2017, 224 p.
Book > peer review
Steen Vallentin; Niels Thyge Thygesen / Trust and Control in Public Sector Reform : Complementarity and Beyond.
In: Journal of Trust Research, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2017, p. 150-169
Journal article > peer review
David Murillo; Steen Vallentin / The Business School’s Right to Operate : Responsibilization and Resistance.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 136, No. 4, 2016, p. 743-757
Journal article > peer review
Steen Vallentin; Niels Thyge Thygesen / Trust, Control and Public Sector Reform
In: Trust, Organizations and Social Interaction: Studying Trust as Process within and between Organizations. . ed. /Søren Jagd; Lars Fuglsang. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2016, p. 283–299
Book chapter > peer review
Steen Vallentin / Governmentalities of CSR : Danish Government Policy as a Reflection of Political Difference.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 127, No. 1, 2015, p. 33-47
Journal article > peer review
Steen Vallentin / Instrumental and Political Currents in the CSR Debate : On the Demise and (Possible) Resurgence of 'Ethics'.
In: The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations. ed. /Alison Pullen; Carl Rhodes. Abingdon : Routledge 2015, p. 13-31
Book chapter > peer review
Atle Midttun; Maria Gjølberg; Arno Kourula; Susanne Sweet; Steen Vallentin / Public Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Four Nordic Countries : Harmony of Goals and Conflict of Means .
In: Business & Society, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2015, p. 464-500
Journal article > peer review
Sanne Frandsen; Mette Morsing; Steen Vallentin / Adopting Sustainability in the Organization : Managing Processes of Productive Loose Coupling Towards Internal Legitimacy .
In: Journal of Management Development, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2013, p. 236-246
Journal article > peer review
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Outside activities

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contractual partner

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CBS Executive


Presentation for Viking (company) on corporate social responsibility

Forsvarets Materiel- og Indkøbsstyrelse


Presentation on trust-based leadership

Ingeniørforeningen, IDA



Panel debate at Folkemødet