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Dr Judy Muthuri

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BEdn (Kenyatta, Kenya), MBA (Nairobi Kenya), MRes (Nottingham), PhD (Nottingham), PGCHE (Nottingham PGCHE (30 Credits))
Associate Professor in Corporate Social Responsibility

Division: Strategy and International Business
Centre/Institute: International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466615
Location: B09C (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Before joining ICCSR, I worked for Voluntary Services Overseas - Jitolee, East Africa as a Business and Social Development Adviser where I was involved in corporate volunteering, business-NGO partnerships, and general volunteering. I also worked for the National Council of Women of Kenya spearheading its women and economic empowerment programmes. Until November 2015 I was a member of the Comic Relief\'s Trade Programme Advisory Group tasked with evaluating and recommending grant applications for international development in Africa. Some of my published work appears in the British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Business and Society, the Community Development Journal and Journal of Corporate Citizenship. I have also co-authored a series of practitioner reports on stakeholder engagement and corporate community involvement in the United Kingdom for the Charities Aid Foundation

Research Interests
Corporate Citizenship; CSR and Development; Corporate Social Investment; Supply Chain and Inclusive Business; Stakeholder Engagement; and Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries

Administrative Roles
SERG - Chair, Social Environmental Responsibility Group
I am module convenor of the following modules:


Managing for Sustainability (N14152)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Current Research Activities
My research is in the broad area of Business and Development. My work critically examines the role of business in development focusing on business impacts on grand challenges (including poverty, corruption, and social exclusion), and how business objectives and development goals might be better aligned for greater positive impacts. At the centre of my enquiry is how business can act as development agents and its implications on governance and sustainable development at local, national and global levels.

My current research themes:

* Sustainable Mining in Developing countries. I am currently working on a GCRF funded project titled: "Co-Production for Sustainable Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) in Kenya: A Cultural Animation Approach".

* Theorising Sustainability and Business Social Responsibility. Read our latest book: L.Spence., Jedrzej, G.F., Muthuri, J.N. and Navare, J. (Eds) (2018). Research handbook on small business social responsibility: global perspectives", Edward & Edgar Publishing Limited, United Kingdom.

* Gender, Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance.

* Sustainable Community Development. I am currently working with my co-authors on a four book series on the Base of the Pyramid Markets in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Affluent Countries: Innovations and Challenges to Sustainability.

* Cross-Sector Social Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement

* Responsible Management Education. Read our latest book: Amaeshi, K., Muthuri, J. N. & Obgechie (Eds) (2019). Strategies for Incorporating Sustainability in Management Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Palgrave Macmillan Publishers
I am currently supervising the following Research Students:

Gordon Dugle

Publications prior to 2005

Publications prior to 2005


Muthuri, J. 2004, "Employee Volunteering, Social Capital and Sustainable Development", at Greening of Industries Network, Hong Kong, November.

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Whelan, G; de Bakker, F; den Hond, F.; Muthuri, J.N, (2019), "Talking the Walk: The Deflation Response to Legitimacy Challenges", Management, forthcoming 2019.

Gold, S., Muthuri, J.N. and Reiner, G. (2018), "Collective action for tackling \"wicked\" social problems:a system dynamics model for corporate community involvement", Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol.179, pp. 662-673.

McCarthy, L.; Muthuri, J.N, (2018), "Engaging Fringe Stakeholders in Business and Society Research: Applying Visual Participatory Research Methods", Business and Society, Vol.57(1), 131 -173.

Whelan, G.; Muthuri, J. N, (2017), "Chinese State-Owned Enterprises and Human Rights: The Importance of Intra-Organizational Pressures", Business and Society, Vol.56 (5), pp. 738-781.

Muthuri, J. N; Moon, J.; Idemudia, U. (2012), "Corporate Innovation and Sustainable Community Development in Developing Countries", Business and Society, Vol.51 (3), DOI 10.1177/0007650312446441.

Muthuri, J. N; Gilbert, V. (2011), "An institutional analysis of corporate social responsibility in Kenya", Journal of Business Ethics, Vol.98 (3), pp. 467-483, DOI:10.1007/s10551-010-0588-9.

Muthuri, J.; Chapple, W.; Moon, J. (2009), "An integrated approach to implementing 'community participation' in corporate community involvement: lessons from Magadi Soda Company in Kenya", Journal of Business Ethics, Vol.85 (2), pp.pp 431-444.

Muthuri, J.; Matten, D.; Moon, J. (2009), "Employee volunteering and social capital: contributions to corporate social responsibility", British Journal of Management, Vol.20 (1), pp.75-89.

Muthuri, J. (2008), "Participation and accountability in corporate community involvement programmes: a research agenda", Community Development Journal, Vol.43 (2), pp. 177-193.

Muthuri, J. (2007), "Corporate Citizenship and Sustainable Community Development: Fostering Multi-Sector Collaboration in Magadi Division in Kenya", Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Vol.28 (December), pp. 73-84.

Muthuri, J. (2005), "What Obligations do Firms have to be 'Socially Responsible'?", Opinión Sur, Vol.28 (August).


Amaeshi, Kenneth; Muthuri, Judy N., Ogbechie, Chris, (2019), ed Incorporating Sustainability in Management Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Palgrave Macmillan.

Spence, L., Frynas, G.J, Muthuri, J. and Jyoti, N. (2018), ed Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Chapters in Books

Amaeshi, K., Muthuri, J.N., and Ogbechie, C. (2019), "Introduction", in Incorporating Sustainability in Management Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 1-7, Palgrave Macmillan.

Spence, L., Frynas, G.J, Muthuri, J. and Jyoti, N. (2018), "Introduction", in Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility, 1-19, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Muthuri, J. N;, (2012), "Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa Definition, Issues and Processes", in Lituchy, T.; Punnett, B.J.; Puplampu, B. (ed) Management in Africa Macro and Micro Perspectives, Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Muthuri, J. N, (2010), "CSR in Kenya", in Visser, W.; Tolhurst, N. (ed) The World Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility, Sheffield, Greenleaf Publishers.

Muthuri, J. (2008), "Creating Opportunities for Sustainable Community Development: The Case of Magadi Soda Company in Kenya", in Hamann, R.; Sprague, C. (ed) The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, and New Business Models, pp. 208-221, South Africa, Unisa Press Book.

Muthuri, J. (2007), "Defining Employee Volunteering", in Matten, D.; Pohl, M.; Visser, W. (ed) The A to Z of CSR: The Encyclopaedia of Corporate Social Responsibility, John Wiley & Sons, Inc..

Muthuri, J.; Mwaura, K. (2006), "The Digital Divide and CSR in Africa: The Need for Corporate Law Reform", in Visser, W.; McIntosh, M.; Middleton, C. (ed) Corporate Citizenship in Africa, Sheffield, Greenleaf Publishing.


McCarthy, L.; Muthuri, J. N, 2015, "Facilitating Voice and Agency of Fringe Stakeholders in Corporate Social Responsibility Research: Does Participartory Visual methods Hold Some Promise?", in IAABD Annual Conference, 13-16 May, Ghana.

Frimpong, K.; Muthuri, J. N; Sarpong, F. 2014, "The Relative Importance of CSR Dimensions among Employees in Developing Countries: The Case of Ghana", at IAABD Annual Conference, 26-29 May, Barbados.

Muthuri, J. N; Moufahim, M. 2014, "Corporate Governance and Corruption in Africa: Unmasking the Scadals within Coope Motor Corporation (CMC) in Kenya", at Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) conference, 8-11 January, Botswana.

Mwiti, F.; Muthuri, J. N, 2014, "Consumers Perceptions of Corporate Social Irresponsibility and Responsibility: A Kenyan Perspective", at IAABD Annual Conference, 26-29 May, Barbados.

Muthuri, J. N, 2013, "Business and Development in Ghana: Leverging on Social Responsibility to Achieve Millennium Development Goals", at 14th IAABD Annual Conference, Ghana 14-18 May.

Muthuri, J. N; Kilimo, .. 2013, "The Role and Contribution of Private Sector towards the Realisation of Kenya Vision 2030", at Second International Conference on HRM and the Mangement of Organisatins in Africa, Nottingham University Business School Conference, 6-7 September, Nottingham.

Moreno, A.L.; Muthuri, J. N, 2012, "The contribution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Mexico", at at the 10th ICCSR Anniversary Conference, Nottingham University Business School Conference, 26-27 April.

Muthuri, J. N, 2012, "The State of Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa", at at International Academy of African Business and Development, Morocco, 15-19 May..

Whelan, G.; Muthuri, J. N; De Bakker, F.; De Hond, F. 2012, "Incomplete Globalizations, Institutional Distance, and Corporate Directed Activism: The Problem of Human Rights and Chinese SOEs", in at the 10th ICCSR Anniversary Conference, Nottingham University Business School Conference, 26-27 April.

Moon, J.; Muthuri, J. N; Orlitzky, M. 2010, "New Strategies for Corporate Community Investment: Implications for Stakeholders Engagement", at Academy of Management Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Muthuri, J. N; Huang, J. 2010, "Sustainable Development through Metal Recycling in Africa: Lessons from the Chinese Metal Industry", at (IAABD) conference, 18-22 May, Nigeria. (Best Paper Award in the Operations and Supply Chain Management Track)..

Whelan, G.; Muthuri, J. N; Bakker, F.; Hond, F. 2010, "Human Rights, Sudan and China National Petroleum Company: Can Activism Make a Difference", in 26th EGOS Colloquium, Waves of Globalization, Lison.

Muthuri, J.; Gilbert, V. 2009, "Corproate Social Responsibility in Kenya: Drivers, Issues and Processes", at International Academy of African of Business and Development (IAABD) conference, 19-23 May, Uganda.

Muthuri, J.; Moon, J. 2009, "Corporate Citizenship and the Reconstruction of Governance Roles and Relationships", at Academy of Management Conference 7-12 August, Chicago, USA.

Muthuri, J.; Mwiti, F. 2008, "The Limits of 'Srakeholder Democracy' for Kenyan Consumers", at International Academy of African of Business and Development (IAABD) conference, 20-24 May, Florida, USA, Best Paper Award in the Law, Social Responsibility and Ethics Track.

Muthuri, J.; Mwiti, F. 2007, "Cause-Related Marketing as Corporate Social Responsibility or Marketing? A Survey of Fast Moving Consumer Goods Manufacturers in Kenya", at International Academy of African Business and Development, London, 29 May-2 June.

Muthuri, J. 2006, "Sustainable Employee Volunteering Programmes as a Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy", at Corporate Social Responsibility and Reporting East Africa Forum, Nairobi, 30 August.

Muthuri, J.; Moon, J.; Chapple, W. 2006, "Community Participation and Corporate Community Involvement of Magadi Soda Company: Changing Governance in Business-Societal Relations", at International Academic Symposium on Corporate Citizenship, Accra, 21-22 November.

Muthuri, J. 2005, "Employee Volunteering and Corporate Citizenship: The Creation of Social Capital", at International Academy of African Business and Development, Dar-es-Salaam, 6-9 April.

Discussion Papers

Muthuri, J.; Moon, J.; Matten, D. 2006, "Employee Volunteering and the Creation of Social Capital", ICCSR Research Papers Series.

Book Reviews

Muthuri, J. 2010, "Earth Matters: Indigenous Peoples, The Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Responsibility", in Canadian Journal of Development Studies, pp. 323-324.



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