Dr Christine A. Hemingway

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
Email C.hemingway (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 8228 5804
Dr Christine A. Hemingway

Dr. Christine Hemingway’s work is geared towards the creation of social, environmental and economic value. She is one of the founding scholars of the micro foundations of corporate social responsibility (micro-CSR). This is a sociological and psychological perspective that investigates responsible/irresponsible organisational contexts, focusing on the motivations and personal values that can drive a social and environmental agenda from within, and the development of formal and informal leaders, or activists, known as corporate social entrepreneurs. Her work has inspired a practitioner movement, and it is widely cited in major scholarly journals.

She previously worked at Loughborough University, Imperial College London, and the Universities of Aston and Hull, latterly as Programme Director of the MBA Strategic Marketing (South Africa), teaching also in Hong Kong and Singapore. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Business Schools of the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Business and Management (University of Nottingham) 2009

Research interests

With her expertise in mixed methods, as well as theoretical research, Christine is interested in the biographical narrative approach to understanding human behaviour, and she investigates how people behave as individuals and collectively at work. She is keenly interested in the development of responsible leaders, managers and organisational contexts. In particular, Christine studies the personal values and motivations that can drive, disrupt or block this agenda. She welcomes PhD applications in any of these areas.

  • External PhD Examiner, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, 2019-2021.
  • Invited Visiting Scholar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, USA, 2017. Hosted by Professor R. Edward Freeman.
  • First Visiting Scholar at the Centre de l'Ontologie Sociale (Centre for Social Ontology) in the Collège des Humanités, l'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, 2011. Hosted by Directrice Professor Margaret S. Archer, and kindly funded by Aston University.
  • Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR), Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham.
  • Associate of the Centre for Social Ontology, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France.
  • 2011 – 2016: Elected Fellow (by invitation) of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
  • 2002 - 2008 Recipient of £8506 scholarship for PhD tuition (part-time study) fees, very kindly sponsored by the Universities of Hull and Nottingham (50/50)

Publications and research outputs


Hemingway, Christine A.. 2013. Corporate Social Entrepreneurship: Integrity Within. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107007208

Book Section

Hemingway, Christine A.. 2019. A Big Picture Approach to (C)SR: Where are We Now? In: Michael Schwartz; Howard Harris and Debra R. Comer, eds. The Next Phase of Business Ethics: Celebrating 20 Years of REIO. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 15-32. ISBN 9781838670054

Hemingway, Christine A. and Maclagan, Patrick W.. 2013. Reflections on Careers, JBE and Business Ethics. In: Alex C. Michalos and Deborah C. Poff, eds. Citation Classics from the Journal of Business Ethics: Celebrating the First Thirty Years of Publication. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 734-735. ISBN 9789400741256


Hemingway, Christine A. and Starkey, Ken. 2018. A Falling of the Veils: Turning Points and Momentous Turning Points in Leadership and the Creation of CSR. Journal of Business Ethics, 151(4), pp. 875-890. ISSN 0167-4544

Hemingway, Christine A.. 2005. Personal Values as A Catalyst for Corporate Social Entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Ethics, 60(3), pp. 233-249. ISSN 0167-4544

Hemingway, Christine A. and Maclagan, Patrick W.. 2004. Managers' Personal Values as Drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics, 50(1), pp. 33-44. ISSN 0167-4544

Further profile content

Connections to industry

Christine was one of two academically bright girls, both of whom were required to leave the family home at a very early age in order to earn their own living. After a couple of false starts working for a major bank, and then within the public sector, Christine was the first in her family to go to university and did so as a mature student, following a course of (part-time) further education in the evenings, after work.

Post university, Christine's 12 year management career was based within the headquarters of blue-chip MNCs, where she was regularly promoted and worked her way up the corporate heirarchy, with line management and budget responsibility for some globally recognised consumer brands. This experience spanned a number of industries and preceded her appointment as a Senior Lecturer at the beginning of her new academic career, prior to embarking on a part-time doctoral programme of study, kindly sponsored by the Universities of Hull and Nottingham. Christine's experience informs her research and teaching, and led to her ethnographic investigation of an anonymised $5bn FTSE 100 and Forbes Global 2000 company, published as a research monograph, by the Cambridge University Press.