Staff Profile: Professor Michael Blowfield

Michael BlowfieldSchool

University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS)


Professor Corporate Responsibility

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University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MN Building
City Campus North

University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MC Building
City Campus North


Mick is Professor in Corporate Responsibility at Wolverhampton University. He is also a visiting fellow at Said Business School (Oxford) and senior visiting associate at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.  He has worked as an academic and consultant in the field of corporate social and environmental responsibility with a particular focus on the socio-political context of corporate responsibility, and the role of business in society.  He has lived and worked in twenty different countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and more recently has been working with CEOs and other senior executives on the role of business as change agent in twenty-first century society. 

As well as a number of policy papers for the British government, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank, he has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals for business and development audiences.  He co-authored Turnaround Challenge: business and the city of the future, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.  He has also written extensively on business, sustainability and responsibility including Business and Sustainability (OUP 2012.  The third edition of his Corporate Responsibility was published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and has won the CMI/British Library management book of the year award for text books.

Academic qualifications

  • DPhil International Relations
  • MA Agrarian Studies
  • BA (Hons) Combined studies

Teaching interests

Corporate responsibility; business and sustainability

Corporate and community engagement

Private sector clients: Mars, Citigroup, IBM, GE, Unocal, Levi, Nike, AMD, Abbott Laboratories, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Unilever, Cargill, Nestlé, Cadbury-Schweppes, Safeway, J. Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, BP, Shell, Gap, Timberland, Littlewoods

Public sector clients: British government Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for Trade and Industry; Canadian International Development Agency; USAID; Government of Indonesia

Multi-lateral agencies: World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, European Union, Asia Development Bank

Professional body membership and roles

Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

Visiting Fellow, Said Business School, UK

Senior Visiting Research Associate, University of Oxford, UK

Senior Member, St Cross College, University of Oxford, UK

Principal Investigator, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, UK

Research interests

General: Business and global sustainability; Business and international development; International corporate responsibility; Business transformation

Regions: Europe, S.E. Asia, South Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America

External academic roles

External Examiner, MSc Environmental Technology, Imperial College, UK

Academy of Business in Society – member of the academic steering committee

Editorial Board – Business Ethics: a European Review

Selected publications


Blowfield, M.E., Jamali, D., Karam, C. eds, Development-Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility vols I-II, Greenleaf, 2015

Blowfield, M.E. and Johnson, L. Turnaround Challenge: business and the city of the future, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013

Blowfield, M.E. and Murray, A. Corporate responsibility, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014, third edition – Winner 2012 CMI/British Library Management Book of the Year (Management and Leadership)

Blowfield, M.E. Business and sustainability, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012


Blowfield, M.E. and Dolan, C.S. “Business as a development agent: evidence of possibility and impossibility”, Third World Quarterly, 35:1, 2014

Blowfield, M.E. “Business and development: making sense of business as a development agent”, Corporate Governance, 12:4, 2012

Blowfield, M.E. and Dolan, C.S. “Outsourcing governance: Fairtrade’s message for C21 global governance”, Corporate Governance, August 2010

Blowfield, M.E. and Dolan, C.S. “Fairtrade facts and fancies: what Kenyan Fairtrade tea tells us about business’ role as development agent”  Journal of Business Ethics, 2010

Blowfield, M.E. and Dolan, C.S. “Stewards of Virtue: The Ethical Dilemma of CSR in African Agriculture”  Development and Change, 39(1), 2008

Blowfield, M.E.  “Reasons to be Cheerful?  What we know about the impact of corporate responsibility” Third World Quarterly, Summer 2007

Blowfield, M.E. and Frynas, J.G. (editors) “Setting New Agendas”, editorial for special edition International Affairs, May 2005

Blowfield, M.E. “Reinventing the Meaning of Development” International Affairs, May 2005

Blowfield, M.E. “Going Global: how to identify and manage societal expectations in supply chains (and the consequences of failure)” Corporate Governance, 5:3 2005

Blowfield, M.E. “Corporate Social Responsibility – the failing discipline and why it matters for International Relations” International Relations, June 2005

Blowfield, M.E. “CSR and Development: is business appropriating global justice?” Development, September 2004

Blowfield, M.E. “An Asian Approach to Corporate Responsibility: possibility or deception?”  Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Spring 2004

Blowfield, M.E. “Ethical Supply Chains in the Cocoa, Coffee and Tea Industries”.  Greener Management International, Autumn 2003

Blowfield, M.E. “Multi-stakeholder Partnerships”.  Corporate Governance, 2001, pp 36-43

Blowfield, M.E. “Ethical Sourcing: a contribution to sustainability or a diversion?” Sustainable Development, 8, November 2000 pp 191-200

Tallontire, A., Blowfield, M.E. “Will the WTO Prevent the Growth of Ethical Trade: implications of the international policy environment for ethical trade schemes”.  Journal of International Development, 12, 2000 pp 571-584

Blowfield, M.E.  “Ethical Trade: a review of developments and issues”.  Third World Quarterly, 20:4, Chichester, Wiley, 1999 pp 753-770