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Kellie McElhaney

Kellie A. McElhaney

Adjunct Assistant Professor
John C. Whitehead Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility
Faculty Director, Center for Responsible Business
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment
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Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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BA, Political Science, English, University of North Carolina
MA, Organizational Behavior/Management, Ohio University
PhD, Higher Education (Business Cognate), University of Michigan

Positions Held

At Haas since 2002 

2009 - present, John C. Whitehead Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility, Haas School of Business

2008 - present, Co-Faculty Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business
2002 - present, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business

2009 - 2013, Margo N. Alexander Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility, Haas School of Business

2002 - 2008, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business
1994 - 2002, Managing Director, Corporate Environmental Management Program, University of Michigan Business School
1993 - 2002, Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Business School
1992 - 1993, Visiting Professor, Sichuan International Studies University
1991 - 1992, Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati
1989 - 1992, Fifth Third Bancorp

Visiting Positions

2013 - present, Management Institute of Finland
2010 - present, Visiting Professor, EADA, Barcelona, Spain

2006 - present, Visiting Professor, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, UNC Chapel Hill

2007, Visiting Professor, Institut d'Administration des Enterprises, University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France

1992 - 1993, Visiting Professor, Sichuan International Studies University, Sichuan, China

External Service and Assignments

  • Member, P-FACT, Haas
  • Advisory Board, Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, California Management Review
  • Faculty Advisor, Women in Leadership
  • Member, Business for Social Responsibility
  • Faculty Member, UN Global Compact Learning Forum
  • Consultant: Ford Motor Company, The Gap, HP, Intel, McDonalds, Nokia, Skyy Vodka, Triage Consulting Group, Driscolls ING, Energizer, Pandora, Chevron, Wal-mart, NVIDIA
  • Member, UN Global Compact Faculty
  • Board of Directors, Sierra Global, Globescan, Dow (SEAC), Pacific Community Ventures, Atalanta Capital, Sedwick Women's Advisory Committee

Current Research and Interests

  • Women and business value
  • Using CSR as a hook to re-engage women with business, as mid- to upper-level managers, as consumers, and as shareholders
  • Corporate social responsibility, best practice, strategy maximization, and implementation
  • Outcomes of corporate social responsibility initiatives on stakeholders
  • Outcomes of community service learning on the students' cognitive and affective development, learning, and college experience
  • Ways in which business and universities can assist in community reinvestment strategies
  • Alternative pedagogical methods
  • Student learning styles and construction of knowledge

Selected Papers and Publications

  • "The Roadmap Toward Effective Strategic Social Partnerships", 2013
  • "Wal-mart's Women's Economic Initiative", 2013
  • "Women Create a Sustainable Future", with S. Mobasseri, 2013
  • "Sustainable Apparel Coalition", with C. Kester & D. Ledyard, 2012
  • "Designing sustainability at BMW Group: The Designworks/USA experience," with Natalie Hill & Michael Toffel, in The Global Compact Learning Forum: From Principles to Practice. New York: United Nations, 2004.
  • Designing Sustainability at BMW Group: The Designworks/ USA Experience. Strategic Sustainability: The State-of-the-Art in Corporate Environmental Management Systems, with Toffel, Michael W., and Hill, Natalie. Greener Management International, 2005.
  • "Human Right in Business: The Case of Hewlett-Packard United Nation Global Compact," with Natalie Hill, in UN Global Compact case book. 2004.
  • "Ways in Which Academia Can Assist Business in CSR Programmes," in The International Chamber of Commerce Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility 2003. London: PPf Publishing, 2003.
  • "Strategic Partnerships in Corporate Social Responsibility." Welcoming Brief for G8 Summit in London and Dubai (November 2003).
  • "Developing a Management Systems Approach to Sustainability at BMW Group," with Natalie Hill and Michael W. Toffel. Corporate Environmental Strategy: International Journal of Corporate Sustainability 10, no. (2003): 29-39.
  • "BMW Group's Sustainability Management System: Preliminary Results, Ongoing Challenges, the UN Global Compact," with Michael W. Toffel and Natalie Hill. Corporate Environmental Strategy: International Journal of Corporate Sustainability 10, no. 3 (2003): 51-61.


  • Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Women in Business

Honors and Awards

  • Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award, 2012-2013
  • Founder & Visionary Award, Center for Responsible Business, 2013
  • Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute's Faculty Pioneer Award, 2005 (Video tribute, RealPlayer required.)
  • "40 Under 40" leaders racing ahead of their time by the East Bay Business Times, 2004
  • Finalist in Fast Company's Fast 50 list, 2004
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award, UMBS, nominated, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Outstanding GSI Teaching Award, 1997, The University of Michigan

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