Management theory and social welfare: Contributions and challenges

Thomas M. Jones, Thomas Donaldson, R. Edward Freeman, Jeffrey S. Harrison, Carrie R. Leana, Joseph T. Mahoney, Jone L. Pearce

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In this Introduction to the Special Topic Forum on Management Theory and Social Welfare, we first provide an overview of the motivation behind the special issue. We then highlight the contributions of the six articles that make up this forum and identify some common themes. We also suggest some reasons why social welfare issues are so difficult to addressin the context of management theory. In addition, we evaluate means of assessing social welfare and urge scholars not to make (or imply) unwarranted "wealth creation" claims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-228
Number of pages13
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Jones, T. M., Donaldson, T., Freeman, R. E., Harrison, J. S., Leana, C. R., Mahoney, J. T., & Pearce, J. L. (2016). Management theory and social welfare: Contributions and challenges. Academy of Management Review, 41(2), 216-228.