Mollie Painter Morland

Mollie Painter


Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Professor Mollie Painter joined NTU to stimulate and contribute to Nottingham Business School's research on responsible and sustainable business practices. This led to her establishing the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab) in 2015, a bespoke Research Centre within NBS.  Her teaching is focused on modules that integrate responsible leadership, ethics and accountability into NBS’s core postgraduate programmes. She facilitates the School's relationships with external networks in sustainability and ethics, and participates in executive development programmes and consultancy activities in this area.

Career overview

Professor Painter’s research focuses on organisational culture, leadership, and ethics within complex organisational environments. In dealing with these topics, she draws on the conversation between European philosophy and organisational studies. Her current research deals with organisational habituation, leadership and gender, embodiment, and relational accountability. She has published peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals, such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, European Management Review, Organization, and Leadership. She is also the author of a number of books, most recently, Gender, Leadership & Organization (Springer, 2018) and Business Ethics and Continental Philosophy, co-edited with René ten Bos (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which was also translated into Dutch as "Bedrijfsethiek. Filosofische perspectieven" (Boom, 2013).

Research areas

Professor Painter has often been part of teams of researchers delivering corporate and government commissioned research reports on corruption prevention and organisational culture. She has been active as a consultant in the areas of business ethics and sustainable business.

Please visit the NTU Doctoral School website for information on doctoral research opportunities at NBS.

External activity

Professor Painter holds a 0.2 Professorial position at IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia. She also serves on the Ethics Oversight Board of PwC South Africa and as the Africa Director of the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), in which capacity she is involved in leading the ongoing development and delivery of their Values-driven leadership programme. She serves on the Editorial Boards of multiple academic journals.

Professor Painter is Editor-in-Chief of the Business and Professional Ethics Journal, and co-editor of Springer's Issues in Business Ethics Series. She also serves on the Ethics Oversight Board of PwC South Africa and is actively involved in the European Ethics' UK chapter.

Professor Painter served as Academic Director of ABIS (The Academy of Business in Society) from March 2012 - March 2014.