Elis and Signe Olsson Professor R. Edward Freeman is academic director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, the Darden Institute for Business in Society and a senior fellow of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Freeman is also a professor of religious studies and a faculty advisor to U.Va.’s Institute for Practical Ethics and adjunct professor of stakeholder management. In March 2010, the U.Va. Board of Visitors named Freeman a University Professor.
Before coming to the Darden School, Freeman taught at the University of Minnesota and the Wharton School. His book, Managing for Stakeholders: Survival, Reputation and Success, was published in 2007 by Yale University Press. His new book is Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art, published by Cambridge University Press in early 2010. He is the author or editor of more than 20 volumes in the areas of stakeholder management, business strategy and business ethics as well as more than 100 articles in a wide variety of publications. At its 2010 annual meeting, the Society for Business Ethics gave its “Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship Award” to Freeman, noting that there were more than 12,000 citations to his work on stakeholder theory.
Freeman is perhaps best known for his award-winning book Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, originally published in 1984 and reprinted 2010 by Cambridge University Press, in which he suggests that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders.
Freeman recently taught “News Models of Business in Society” online through Coursera. This massive open online course (MOOC) examinedthe critical role that business plays in society and the exciting new models of business that are changing the way that companies create value.