Cedric Dawkins

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Office #:  Schreiber 528

Phone: 312.915.6592



Cedric Dawkins started his professional life in the financial services industry, but was quickly drawn back to academe. His research interests focus on political corporate social responsibility and stakeholder engagement. His articles have appeared in such journals as Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, Employee Relations, Journal of Business Communications, and Journal of Business Ethics.

His work in the classroom is focused on finding the ‘right place’ for course material in students’ imagination and making good on Kurt Lewin’s enduring maxim, “There’s nothing so practical as a good theory.”


  • PhD (Ohio State)
  • MA, B.S.C. (Ohio)

Research Interests

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Connections between labour rights and human rights
  • Political aspects of corporate social responsibility
  • Impact of disclosure on corporate behavior

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Associate editor for Business Ethics: A European Review
  • Member, editorial board for Business Ethics Quarterly
  • Society for Business Ethics
  • Academy of Management
  • International Association for Business and Society
  • American Political Science Association

Courses Taught

  • MGMT 341: Ethics in Business
  • HRER 441: Ethics in Business

Selected Publications

A complexity theory framework of issue movement. CE Dawkins, JR Barker. Business & Society 59 (6), 1110-1150 (2020)

An Agonistic Notion of Political CSR: Melding Activism and Deliberation. Dawkins, C.E. Journal of Business Ethics (2019). DOI: 10.1007/s10551-019-04352-z

A Normative Argument for Independent Voice and Labor Unions. CE Dawkins Journal of Business Ethics 155 (4), 1153-65 (2019)

Elevating the role of divestment in socially responsible investing. CE Dawkins. Journal of Business Ethics 153 (2), 465-478 (2018)

Corporate social responsibility and job choice intentions. Dawkins, C.E., Jamali, D., Karam, C., Lin, L. & Zhao, J. Business & Society, 55(6), 854-888  (2016)

A test of labor union social responsibility: Effects on union member attachment. Dawkins, C.E. Business & Society, 55(2), 214-245  (2016)

Agonistic pluralism and stakeholder engagement. Dawkins, C.E. Business Ethics Quarterly, 25(1), 1-28  (2015)