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Michael Johnson-Cramer

Professor, Management
Professor of Management, Bentley University
Doctor of Business Administration, Boston University, 2003
Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Solvay School of Economics and Management, 1995
Bachelor of Arts (AB), Harvard University, 1992
Office: Morison Hall 305 | 781.891._2921 |

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Michael Johnson-Cramer received his doctorate from Boston University, an MBA from Solvay Business School (Belgium), and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He previously served as Dean of Business at Bentley and, before that, as founding director/dean of Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University.

Teaching Interests

Michael has taught a range of courses in strategy, business & society, and global management.

Research Interests

Michael's research focuses on the causes of conflict between companies and their stakeholders. He has published work on how to cultivate stakeholder dialogue in global companies, the nature of managerial discretion in stakeholder relationships, and the processes of organizational decision-making. His work has appeared in Strategic Organization, Organization Studies, Business & Society, California Management Review, among others.


Journal Article(s)
Berman, S. L., Johnson-Cramer, M. (2019). Stakeholder theory: Seeing the field through the forest. Business & Society, 58 (7), 1358-1375.

Ray, D. E., Berman, S. L., Johnson-Cramer, M., Van Buren, H. J. (2014). Refining normative stakeholder theory: insights from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 11 (4), 331- 356.

Phillips, R. A., Berman, S. L., Elms, H., Johnson-Cramer, M. (2010). Strategy, stakeholders and managerial discretion. Strategic Organization, 8 (2), 176-183.

Cabantous, L., Gond, J., Johnson-Cramer, M. (2010). Decision theory as practice: Crafting rationality in organizations. Organization Studies, 31 (11), 1531--1566.

Johnson-Cramer, M., Parise, S., Cross, R. L. (2007). Managing change through networks and values. California Management Review, 49 (3), 85--109.

Phillips, R. A., Johnson-Cramer, M. (2006). Ties that unwind: Dynamism in Integrative Social Contracts Theory. Journal of Business Ethics, 68 (3), 283--302.

Johnson-Cramer, M., Cross, R., Yan, A. (2003). Sources of Fidelity in Purposive Organisational Change: Lessons From A Reengineering Case. Journal of Management Studies, 40 (7), 1837-1870.

Book Chapters
Phillips, R. A, Berman, S. L, Elms, H, Johnson-Cramer, M. (2011). Stakeholder orientation, managerial discretion and nexus rents. Stakeholder Theory: Impact and Prospects (pp. 163--192). New York: . Edward Elgar

Elms, H, Johnson-Cramer, M, Berman, S. L, Phillips, R. (2011). Bounding the world’s miseries: Corporate responsibility and Freeman’s stakeholder theory. Stakeholder Theory: Impact and Prospects (pp. 1--53). New Y: . Edward Elgar

Johnson-Cramer, M, Phillips, R. A. (2009). Not How Much But How: The Ethics of Cash Balance Pension Conversions. . Corporate Retirement Security: Social and Ethical Issues

Cabantous, L, Gond, J, Johnson-Cramer, M. (2008). The Social Construction of Rationality in Organizational Decision-Making. In Hodgkisson, G & W. Starbuck (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Decision-Making. Oxford: . Oxford University Press

Johnson-Cramer, M, Berman, S. L, Post, J. E. (2003). Re-examining the concept of ‘stakeholder management’. In Andrioff, J., Waddock, S., Rahman, S., & B. Husted (Eds.), Unfolding Stakeholder Thinking (pp. 145-161). London: . Greenleaf

Conference Proceeding(s)
Gond, J., Vigneau, L., Johnson-Cramer, M. (2018). How do measures become academically acceptable? A case study of the KLD database Academy of Management Proceedings, 2018.

Johnson-Cramer, M. (2007). Working together, bowling alone: The organizational roots of civic decline. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2007 (1), 1--6.

Phillips, R. A., Berman, S. L., Johnson-Cramer, M., Elms, H. (2007). Stakeholder theory and managerial discretion. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2007 (1), 1--6.

Johnson-Cramer, M., Berman, S. (2005). A dynamic model of stakeholder management. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society, 16, 320--325.

Johnson-Cramer, M. (2004). Organization-level antecedents of stakeholder conflict.. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2004 (1), F1--F6.

Johnson-Cramer, M. (2003). Institutional Antecedents of Conflict Escalation in Firm-Stakeholder Relations. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2003 (1), D1--D6.

Johnson-Cramer, M. (2003). Organization-level antecedents of Stakeholder Conflict. Boston University


University Service
Task Force Member for Curriculum Review Task Force (5.0), 2021 - Present
Committee Member for Curriculum Policy Committee , 2019 - 2020
Committee Chair for Graduate Council, 2019 - 2020

Professional Service
Conference/Workshop Organizer for International Association of Business & Society, 2018 - 2020