Stockholm university

Anselm SchneiderAssociate Professor

About me

I hold a Master’s degree in economics (Freie Universität Berlin, 2006) and a PhD in business administration (University of Zurich, 2014). Before joining Stockholm Business School, I was a researcher in the area of corporate sustainability at the University of Zurich and a doctoral fellow at the Swiss National Centre of Excellence in Research (trade regulation).


I teach in the areas of business & society and organization theory, both on the undergraduate and graduate level. I run the course "Business and Society" in the Master's Programme in Management, Organization and Society and the courses "Business, Politics and Culture" and "Principles of Management" on the Bachelor level.

I also serve as a co-director for the Bachelor's programmes "International Business and Politics" (IBP) and "Business, Ethics and Sustainability" (BES).

In addition, I often give guest lectures based on my research and regularly supervise Bachelor's and Master's theses.


My research lies in the interface of organization theory and political science. I am interested in the ways in which business firms influence society and the natural environment, and how these influences feed back to organizations. I analyze these questions in settings such as global governance, sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility. In particular, I am concerned with different forms of corporate control such as global business regulation, corporate governance, and democratic forms of decision making on the level of business firms.

From 2023 to 2026 I am part of a research project funded by Handelsbanken Research Foundation. In the project, together with colleagues from Lund University, I explore the potential of craft to contribute to sustainable development.

My research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Business & Society, and the Journal of Business Ethics as well as in several edited volumes.

Selected publications

Schneider, A. & Murray, J. (2024). Escaping the loop of unsustainability: Why and how business ethics matters for Earth system justice. Journal of Business Ethics. Forthcoming.

Schneider, A. (2023). Untaming Grand Challenges research: Against a de-politicization of Grand Challenges. Business & Society, 63(6), 1302-1306.

Schneider, A. (2024). Aligning corporate behaviour with the public good:  A commentary on Bennett and Claassen. Review of Social Economy. Forthcoming.

Luyckx, J., Schneider, A. & Kourula, A. (2022). Learning from alternatives: Analyzing the potential and limitations of alternative organizational forms as starting points for improving the corporation. Research in the Sociology of Organizations74.

Schneider, A., Hinton, J., Collste, D., Gonzaléz, T.S., Cortes-Calderon, S., & Aguiar, A.P.D. 2020. Can transnational corporations leverage systemic change towards a "sustainable" future? Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Schneider, A. 2020. Bound to fail? Exploring the systemic pathologies of CSR and their implications for CSR research. Business & Society, 59(7): 1303-1338

Schneider, A., & Scherer, A.G. 2019. State governance beyond the ‘shadow of hierarchy’: A social mechanisms perspective on governmental CSR policies. Organization Studies, 40(8): 1147-1168.

Schneider, A., & Scherer, A.G. 2019. Reconsidering the legitimacy and efficiency of corporate strategies - A case for organizational democracy. In A. Sales (Ed.). Corporate social responsibility. Institutional and organizational perspectives. Springer.

Schneider, A. 2018. Unbundling corporate sustainability management and assessment. In H. Borland, A. Lindgren, J. Vanhamme, F. Maon, V. Ambrosini., & B. Palacio Florencio (Eds.). Business strategies for sustainability: A research anthology. Routledge: New York.

Schneider, A., Wickert, C., & Marti, E.  2017. Reducing complexity by creating complexity: A systems theory perspective on how organizations respond to their environments. Journal of Management Studies, 54: 182-208.

Peels, R., Echeverria, E.M., Aissi, J., & Schneider, A. 2016. Corporate Social Responsibility in trade agreements. In Handbook on assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements (pp.113-117). International Labour Organization: Geneva.

   Published in Spanish in 2017 as: Las responsibilidad social de las empresas en
   los acuerdos comerciales. In: Manual de evaluación de las dispociones
   laborales en acuerdos comerciales y de inversión.

   Organización Internacional de Trabajo.

Schneider, A. 2015. Reflexivity in sustainability accounting and management Transcending the economic focus of corporate sustainability. Journal of Business Ethics, 127: 525-536.

Schneider, A., & Scherer, A. G. 2015. Corporate governance in a risk society. Journal of Business Ethics, 126: 309-323.

Peels, R., & Schneider, A. 2014. The potential role of the ILO to enhance institutional coherence on CSR in international trade and investment agreements. Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, 89: 139-257.

Schneider, A. 2014. Embracing ambiguity – Lessons from the study of corporate social responsibility throughout the rise and decline of the modern welfare-state. Business Ethics: A European Review, 23: 293-308.

Scherer, A.G., Baumann-Pauly, D. & Schneider, A. 2013. Democratizing corporate governance: Compensating for the democratic deficit of corporate political activity and corporate citizenship. Business & Society, 52: 473-514.

Schneider, A., & Meins, E. 2012. Two dimensions of corporate sustainability assessment: Towards a comprehensive framework. Business Strategy and the Environment, 21: 211-222.