Professor Laura Spence

Personal profile

Laura J. Spence is a Professor of Business Ethics in the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London. She is Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law. She has previously held the posts of Director for the Centre for Research into Sustainability and Director of Impact within the School of Management.

Research interests

Laura's research interests relate to a wide range of management studies issues, in particular, critical corporate social responsibility, small business social responsibility, supply chain sustainability and a critique of Creating Shared Value.  She uses moral and social theory in her research, favouring qualitative and conceptual studies. Laura has a particular interest in the place of gender and feminist perspectives in business ethics and corporate social responsibility research and practice.

She has published in Organisation Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Accounting Organisations and Society, California Management Review and Business Ethics Quarterly. Laura is a consulting editor of the Journal of Business Ethics.

PhD student applications are welcome including (but not only) in relation to small business social responsibility and critical corporate social responsibility.

Research interests (continued)

Research Impact

Professor Spence is an Advisory Council member the Institute of Business Ethics, previously being a Trustee.

She is Chair of the Academic/Practitioner Horizon Group for the UK Construction Industry through her work with the Supply Chain Sustainabiltiy School.

She is a member of the All Party Parliametnary Group on Corporate Responsibility.


Professor Spence has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the School of Management on a range of topics related to Business Ethics including Corporate Social Responsibility, Responsible Entrepreneurship and Business and Society. She also contributes to the PhD student course on Qualitative Research, particularly in relation to Research Ethics.

Teaching related books include:

Crane, C., Matten, D., Glozer, S. and Spence, LJ (2018) 5th edn, Business Ethics, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Crane, A. Matten, D. and Spence, L.J. (eds) (2013), 2nd edn, Corporate Social Responsibility: Readings and Cases in a Global Context, Routledge, London.

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