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Cynthia E. Clark

Associate Professor, Management
Fulbright Scholar
Director, Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility
Director, Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance
Ph.D, Boston University, 2005
Master's, Northwestern University, 1988
Bachelor's, Boston College, 1986
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Bio

Cynthia teaches strategic management and business & society to undergraduates, the leadership and ethics module to MBAs and a doctoral seminar in environmental, social and governance issues. Her research interests concern social and ethical issues in organizations with a particular interest in the effects of the organizational and institutional context on firm behaviors. She serves as the director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance, an institute dedicated to educating doctoral students in social, comparative and reformative approaches to governance. Cynthia is a former board member of the International Association of Business & Society and active in the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management and the Society for Business Ethics. Prior to joining Bentley, Cynthia was a member of the faculty at Boston University, following a career in the banking and securities industry. She holds a PhD from the honors program at Boston University and a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

Teaching Interests

Strategic Management; Business & Society, Ethics, Social Responsibility; Organization Theory

Research Interests

Business & Society; Corporate Governance & Ethics; Social and Environmental Disclosures

Consulting/Practice Interests

Disclosure Issues & Corporate Governance

Professional Links

http://www.bentley.edu/academics/harold-s-geneen-institute-corporate-governance
http://www.bentley.edu/academics/geneen-institute/events

Awards and Honors

2015, Citations of Excellence Award, Emerald Publishing
2015, Strategic Management Society, Board Member, Strategic Management Society
2013, Best Paper Award, Strategic Management Society
2013, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management, Board Member, Academy of Management
2011, Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Clark, C., Bryant, A. P., Griffin, J. J. Firm Engagement and Social Issue Salience, Consensus, and Contestation. Business & Society. Forthcoming

Burke, J., Clark, C. (2016). The Business Case for Integrated Reporting: Insights from Leading Practitioners, Regulators and Academics. Business Horizons, May-June, 273-283.

Clark, C., Steckler, E., Newell, S. M. (2016). Managing Contradiction: Stockholder and Stakeholder Views of the Firm as Paradoxical Opportunity. Business and Society Review, 121 (1), 123-159.

Clark, C., Brown, J. A. (2015). Multinational Corporations and Governance Effectiveness: Towards a More Integrative Board. Journal of Business Ethics, 132 (3), 565-577.

Perrault, E., Clark, C. (2015). Environmental Shareholder Activism: Considering Status and Reputation in Firm Responsiveness. Organization & Environment, 29 (2), 194-211.

Clark, C. (2015). Corporate and information disclosure: The definitional landscape. Public Relations Review, 42, 299-231.

Clark, C., Newell, S. M. (2013). Institutional work and complicit decoupling across the U.S. capital markets: The work of rating agencies. Business Ethics Quarterly, 23 (1), 1-30. (link)

Clark, C., Newell, S. M. (2013). Conflicts of Interest and Collusion in Capital Markets: The Ethical Risks of Maintaining an Institution. Business and Society Review, 118 (1), 105-134. (link)

Clark, C., Van Buren, H. J. (2013). Compound Conflicts of Interest in the U.S. Proxy System. Journal of Business Ethics, 116 (2), 355-371. (link)

Clark, C., Perrault, E. (2012). Influencing climate change policy: the effect of shareholder pressure and firm environmental performance. Business & Society, 51 (1), 148-175. (link)

Clark, C., Mas, E. S. (2010). Corporate governance and business ethics in the European Union: A cluster analysis. Journal of Global Responsibility, 1 (1), 98-126. (link)

Perrault, E., Clark, C. (2010). Should corporate social reporting be voluntary or mandatory? Evidence from the banking sector in France and the United States Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, 10 (4), 512-526. (link)

Culnan, M. J., Clark, C. (2009). How Ethics Can Enhance Organizational Privacy: Lessons from the ChoicePoint and TJX Data Breaches. MIS Quarterly, 33 (4), 673-687. (link)

Clark, C. (2008). Toward a taxonomy of corporate reporting strategies. Journal of Business Communication, 45 (3), 232-264. (link)

Clark, C. (2008). ChoicePoint Inc. and the Personal Data Industry. Case Research Journal, 27 (3-4), 115-130. (link)

Clark, C., Ryan, L. V. (2007). Courting shareholders: The ethical implications of altering ownership structures. Business Ethics Quarterly, 17 (4), 669-688. (link)

Clark, C. (2006). Hershey Foods Company: Board of Directors and Stakeholders Conflict Over Sale. Case Research Journal, 26 (1), 13-28. (link)

Clark, C. (2005). Trust diffusion: The effect of interpersonal trust on structure, function and organizational transparency. Business & Society, 44 (3), 357-368. (link)

Clark, C. (2002). Information disclosure: An analysis of regulation fair disclosure. The Strategist, 8 (4), 36-39.

Clark, C. (2000). Differences between public relations and corporate social responsibility: An analysis. Public Relations Review, 26 (3), 363-380. (link)

Books
Clark, C. Trust Diffusion: How Creating Climates of Trust can Influence Organizational Effectiveness. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Publishing. (link)

Book Chapters
Burke, J, Clark, C. (2015). Boards and Shareholders: Bridging the Divide. Shareholder Empowerment. Palgrave-Macmillan

Weaver, G, Clark, C. (2015). Integrity: interdisciplinary essays on theory and practice: The European and Northern American perspectives. Behavioral ethics, behavioral governance, and corruption in and by organizations. Palgrave Macmillan

Perrault, E, Clark, C. (2011). Non-financial Reporting. In O. Ihlen, Bartlett, J. and May, S. (Eds.), The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility, . Wiley Blackwell (link)

Clark, C, Ryan, L. (2010). Ethics in Investor Relations. In J. Boatright (Eds.), Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice (pp. 475-493). Hoboken, NJ: . John Wiley & Sons (link)

Clark, C. (2007). Differences between public relations and corporate social responsibility: An analysis. In Crane, A. & Matten, D. (Eds.), Corporate Social Responsibility.. Sage Publications, Ltd. (link)

Book Reviews
Clark, C. (2015). [Review of the book Intellectual Shamans: Management Academics Making a Difference]. Business and Society Review.

Conference Proceeding(s)
Clark, C., Griffin, J., Bryant, A. (2013). Issue Materiality and Stakeholder Theory. , Strategic Management Society.

Clark, C., Steckler, E., Newell, S. M. (2011). Good bedfellows? The co-mingling of stockholder and stakeholder logics , Academy of Management.

Clark, C., Perrault, E., Berman, S. L. (2011). Enlightening, Balancing and Transcending. , Academy of Management.

Conference Presentations

Clark, C. (2015). "Co-Chair." Presented at the ICGS and Geneen Institute's International Corporate Governance Society (ICGS), Copenhagen.

Brown, J. A., Clark, C., Buono, A. F., Stuart, A. (2015). "The UN Global Compact: Looking for a Balance Between Implicit and Explicit CSR." Presented at the Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, New York, NY.

Brown, J. A., Clark, C. (2015). "Corporate Director Power." Presented at the IABS's International Association of Business & Society, Cost Rica.

Clark, C. (2014). "The Complementarity of Stakeholder and Stockholder Theories." Presented at the Strategic Management Society, Madrid, Spain.

Clark, C. (2014). "Board Accountability in a Shareholder Empowered World." Presented at the Henley Centre for Governance, Accountability & Responsible Investment (GARI)'s Governance and Integrated Thinking, Henley Business School.

Clark, C., Brown, J. A. (2014). "Multinational Corporations and Governance Effectiveness: Towards a More Integrative Board." Presented at the 2014 Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia PA.

Clark, C., Newell, S. M. (2014). "Managing Contradiction: Stockholder and Stakeholder Views of the Firm as Paradoxical Opportunity." Presented at the Society for Business Ethics, Philadelphia, PA.

Clark, C. (2013). "Stakeholder Theory and accounting theory: never the two shall meet?" Presented at the Cass Business School's Research Workshop, London, UK.

Clark, C., Brown, J. A. (2013). "Global governance, business ethics and anti-corruption initiatives." Presented at the DePaul's Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Clark, C., Grosvold, J. (2013). "Accelerating to go Nowhere: An Empirical Test of the Role of the Corporate Board of Directors in Sanctioning and Decoupling Board Policy." Presented at the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL.

Clark, C., Steckler, E., Newell, S. (2013). "Managing Contradiction in Business and Society: Stockholder and Stakeholder Views of the Firm as Paradoxical Opportunity." Presented at the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), Montreal, Canada.

Clark, C., Griffin, J., Bryant, A. (2013). "Issue Materiality and Stakeholder Theory." Presented at the Strategic Management Society, Glasgow, Scotland.

Clark, C., Griffin, J., Bryant, A. (2012). "Issue-driven Activism." Presented at the Strategic Management Society, Prague, CZ.

Perrault, E., Clark, C. (2012). "Stakeholder Status and Firm Responsiveness." Presented at the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.

Clark, C., Perrault, E., Berman, S. L. (2011). "Enlightening, Balancing and Transcending." Presented at the Academy of Management, San Antonio.

Clark, C., Fitza, M. (2011). "Where to draw the line: Transparency and competitive advantage." Presented at the Strategic Management Society, Miami, Florida.

Clark, C., Steckler, E., Newell, S. M. (2011). "Good bedfellows? The co-mingling of stockholder and stakeholder logics" Presented at the Academy of Management, San Antonio, Texas.

Perrault, E., Clark, C. (2010). "Non-starters and poor performers: Firm responses to direct and indirect environmental engagement." Presented at the Academy of Management - social issues in management's Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Clark, C. (2009). "Competing demands: Information sharing and withholding decisions amidst institutional pressures." Presented at the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.

Clark, C., Crawford, E. P. (2009). "Voluntary Reporting on Environmental and Social Issues: An institutional analysis of practices in France, the United Kingdom and the United States." Presented at the European Association of Business in Society, Barcelona, Spain.

Proffitt, T., Clark, C., Rehbein, K. (2009). "Shareholder Activism As The Primary Vehicle of Governance: Is It Working?" Presented at the International Association of Business & Society, Aspen, CO.

Perrault, E., Clark, C. (2009). "Voluntary Reporting on Environmental and Social Issues: An institutional analysis of practices in France, the United Kingdom and the United States." Presented at the EABIS's Eurpoean Association of Business and Society, Barcelona, Spain.

Dawkins, C. E., Clark, C. (2008). "Beyond Acclamations and Excuses: An Analysis of Environmental Performance and Environmental Disclosure." Presented at the International Association of Business & Society, Tampere, Finland.

Clark, C., Segui, E. (2008). "Corporate governance and business ethics in cluster countries in the European Union." Presented at the International Association of Business & Society, Tempere, Finland.

Clark, C. (2007). "Modeling the corporate disclosure decision making processes of top management." Presented at the Academy of Management, Philadelphia.

Clark, C. (2007). "Influences on the scope of corporate disclosure programs: Environmental factors and managerial commitment." Presented at the International Association of Business & Society, Florence, Italy.

Clark, C. (2006). "Trust within and between groups: Leader ties and boundary spanning groups." Presented at the Academy of Management, Atlanta.

Clark, C., Ryan, L. V. (2006). "Courting shareholders: The ethical implications of altering ownership structures." Presented at the Society for Business Ethics, Atlanta.

Clark, C. (2005). "Corporate disclosure strategies: An analysis of investor approach and institutional effects." Presented at the Academy of Management, Honolulu.

Clark, C. (2005). "Selling an American icon: Governance, group dynamics and stakeholder pressure at Hershey Foods Company." Presented at the North American Case Researchers Association, New Seabury, MA.

Clark, C. (2004). "Information disclosure strategy: Corporate transparency enactment and investor trust." Presented at the International Association of Business and Society, Sonoma, CA.

Service

Department Service
Committee Member for Tenure Review Committee, 2015 - Present
Task Force Member for Management Dept. Succession Planning Ctte., 2014 - Present
Committee Member for MG 345 Learning Assessment, 2013 - Present
Committee Member for Scholarship Committee, 2013 - Present
Task Force Member for Strategic Management Core, 2007 - 2010

University Service
Committee Member for Academic Standards Committee, 2015 - Present
Committee Member for EQUIS Accreditation, 2015 - Present
Director for Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, 2013
Member for Curriculum Policy Committee, 2013
Committee Member for NEASC Accreditation, Integrity Standard , 2012 - Present
Faculty Research Fellow for Center for Business Ethics, 2010
ESG Next Generation Workshop, Founder & Coordinator, 2008 - Present
Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance, Director, 2008 - Present
Member for PhD Council, 2006
Member for PhD Director Search Committee, 2014 - 2014
Associate Coordinator for Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, 2011 - 2013
Associate Director for PhD Programs, 2006 - 2010
Task Force Member for Assurance of Learning Initiative , 2008 - 2009

Professional Service
Board Member: for International Corporate Governance Society, 2014
Member: for Society for Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, 2014
Board Member: for Social Issues in Management Division - Academy of Management, 2013
Editorial Board Member: for Business & Society, 2012
Associate Editor: for Social Issues in Management, Academy of Management, 2010
Board Member: for Strategic Management Society, Stakeholder Strategies Division, 2015 - 2017
Best Paper Review Committee Member: for International Corporate Governance Society, 2015 - 2015
Conference Co-Organizer: for International Corporate Governance Society, 2014 - 2015

Public Service
Member for Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, 2013
Member for National Association of Corporate Directors, 2009