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Wendy Chapple

Wendy Chapple

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School


Wendy Chapple is an Associate Professor and a member of the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab at Nottingham Business School. She joined Nottingham Business School in October 2017.

Her research portfolio includes the international comparative analysis of corporate responsibility, with various studies focusing on patterns and institutional drivers of corporate responsibility in Asia, OECD countries and developing countries. Systems of Governance in the developing country context is also another key element to her research portfolio. This assesses multilevel governance structures and how configurations of actors, tools and norms influence the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Impact, and the measurement and theorisation of sustainability impact from a business perspective also plays a key role in her research.

Of particular interest are the concepts of inclusive and relational governance. She was part of a European consortium which has recently completed a € 3.09 million European Union FP7 research project “Global Value” which assessed the CSR impact of multi-national companies and how “systems of governance” influence business behaviour. Prior to that she was representing Nottingham University in the €3 million European Union FP7 bid- “IMPACT”, which assessed the impact of CSR practices of companies.

Wendy also is involved in the development of sustainability research at the university level.  She is on the steering committee for the research theme “Sustainable Futures”, which is one of the NTU’s priority research themes.  This steering committee co-ordinates and provides a research and funding strategy for university wide research on sustainability. This involves liaising and working with senior research professors across disciplines and schools. In January 2020 she was appointed deputy lead for the theme by the DVC for research.

Wendy is involved in teaching and mentoring across all programme levels within the Business School. She is involved in mentoring BAIBM final years for their Business Research Project and has been involved in the Transformational Leadership Development module on the MSc programme. She is module leader for the MBA/ EMBA/ SLEMBA Responsible and Sustainable Leadership module and contributes to the Values Led Organisation module on the OMBA. She also contributes to the DBA training programme and supervises students on the DBA and PhD programme at NBS. She currently has 13 PhD completions and one MPhil completion.

Prior to joining NTU, Wendy was an Associate Professor in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School. Here she co-founded the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) where she was Deputy Director until October 2017.

Wendy has been involved in a number of international research consortiums as part of the FP7 research projects that she was involved in. For many years she delivered MBA training on CSR and Sustainability in Singapore and Malaysia and has also been involved in the Values Driven Leadership training in South Africa and Egypt.  She has research partners in Malaysia and Singapore and is working on developing a project with the ASEAN CSR network which is located in 10 ASEAN countries and aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Dr Chapple was an Associate Professor in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School. Here she co-founded

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) where she was Deputy Director until October 2017.

Research areas

  • International Comparative Analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility;
  • Systems of Governance in Developing Countries;
  • Multilevel and Relational Governance;
  • The Relationship between Corporate Social Performance and Impact;
  • Organisational change and values;
  • Values and Socially Responsible Investment.

External activity


Journal or Business Publication Editorship: Section Editor Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, Journal of Business Ethics. 2016-2017.

External examining

  • BSc (Hons) Management, University of Exeter Business School, Exeter, UK 2017- 2021.
  • MBA Programme External Examiner, University of Bath Bath, UK. 2011-2015.
  • BA Management: Sustainability Module; UEA, Norwich UK, 2012-2015.
  • External Examiner, Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK. 2012.
  • PhD Durham Business School, Durham, UK, 2015.

Invited lectures / Keynote speeches

  • November 2017: Invited speaker at the Gauteng Summit on Corruption, South Africa.
  • November 2015: Keynote speaker at Responsible Business Week, Quito, Ecuador.
  • April 2015: Keynote at  “Corporate Social Responsibility: Connecting the Private Sector with the Media Conference”, Singapore.
  • December 2014: Invited keynote at the Environment Ministry, Quito, Ecuador.
  • December 2014: Invited keynote at “La Era De la Responsabilidad”, Cuenca, Equador.
  • December 2014: Invited keynote at “Responsible Glocal Financing Forum”, Quito,  Ecuador
  • November 2014: Invited presentation INSEAD Singapore.
  • November 2012: Invited keynote at InsideGov conference on social investment.
  • April 2012: Invited speaker at Singapore Global Compact.
  • April 2009: “CSR in times of Crisis” INSEAD, Singapore.
  • September 2008: “The Influence of Varieties if Capitalism in Stakeholder Management Practices” at Durham University: 7th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Jan 2008, Presentation in India at IIM Bangalore conference on CSR education
  • June 2007: Core Conference, Milan “Variations of Corporate Social Responsibility across Varieties of Capitalism”
  • April 2006: CSR in Asia Conference, Kuala Lumpur “ CSR in Asia: A Cross Country Comparison”
  • March 2005: Imperial College. “The Implications of Waste Reduction: Factor Demand, Competitiveness and Policy Implications”.
  • December 2004: Institute of Economics, Copenhagen University. “Estimating the Cost Implications of Waste Minimisation”.

Sponsors and collaborators

I collaborate with colleagues from:

  • Nottingham University
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Kings College London
  • Kassel University
  • Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia
  • University of Leicester
  • Portsmouth University
  • OEKO Institute, Germany
  • ASEAN CSR network: Based in Singapore
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • CASS Business School
  • Audencia Business School
  • BRAC BAngladesh
  • S2m Foundation Ecuador

Press expertise

  • Business
  • Sustainability
  • Development
  • Business Impact
  • Corporate Social Responsibility