Before entering academic life, Professor Murray gained wide managerial and business experience through careers in both the public and private sectors. Having undertaken an undergraduate degree in his forties, he then embarked on a PhD study focusing on the role of social information in capital markets. He founded the British Academy of Management Special Interest Group in CSR, in 2007, and went on to organise a number of conferences to support the growing number of researchers and teachers in the CSR and sustainability field, and in 2008, published Corporate Responsibility: A Critical Introduction, with Michael Blowfield which quickly established itself as the leading textbook in the area. A 2nd Edition was published in 2011, and was awarded the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Management Book of the Year 2011-12’ in the Leadership and Management Textbook category. A third edition was published in 2014.
In 2006 Professor Murray was part of the United Nations Taskforce which developed the Principles of Responsible Management Education (see: http://unprme.org), and was elected Chair of the PRME Regional Chapter for the UK and Ireland in May 2013. The Chapter held its first conference at Winchester Business School in April 2014. He is also active within the UN Global Compact UK Network.
He has been part of 2 successful ESRC funding bids, and the most recent, an ESRC Seminar Series to run between now and 2017, is based on the UN Global Compact ‘Post 2015 Business Architecture’.
In April 2013 he was invited to join a research consortium based at Kedge Business School, in Marseilles, France, examining concepts of the ‘Circular Economy’ and its application in French industry and commerce.
He is on the organising committee of the 3rd International Symposium of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development in Toronto in June 2015, and is Track Chair of the Sustainable and Responsible Business Track at BAM in September 2015.
These activities have helped establish an international reputation in his field, and he is regularly called on to deliver lectures and seminars on related topics.
Current and past leadership positions
- Member of the International Research Advisory Board of Groupe École Supérieur de Commerce de Pau, France (ESC-PAU) and Visiting Professor
- Member engaged as Expert Faculty on the Research Chair “Business as un-usual’: New Business Practices and Paradigms’ Kedge Business School, Marseilles, France
- Member of the Advisory Board: Business in the Community, South East Region.
- Member of the Advisory Committee of the UN-backed Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)
- Past Chair PRME Regional Chapter UK & Ireland
- Visiting Fellow Newcastle University Business School
- Member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (MICRS)
- Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
- Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA)
Areas of expertise
Professor Murray’s research interests lie in the broad subject area of ‘responsible management’, which encompasses issues of leadership in sustainability, the circular economy, corporate responsibility, and corporate citizenship; corporate social and sustainability reporting; and social and environmental accounting.
- The Circular Economy: An interdisciplinary exploration of the concept and application in a global context, Alan Murray, Keith Skene and Kathryn Haynes. (2015, forthcoming) Journal of Business Ethics
- Making Ethics and Responsibility a PRME Objective: Responsible Management Education in the UK, John Burchell, Alan Murray, and Steve Kennedy Management Learning doi:10.1177/1350507614549117 (2014) pp.19.
- Education For Sustainable Development, The UNGC PRME Initiative, and The Sustainability Literacy Test: Measuring and Assessing Success, Jean-Christoph Carteron, Kathryn Haynes and Alan Murray, SAM Advanced Management Journal v79(4) (2014) pp.51-58.
- Collaborating to achieve Corporate Social Responsibility?: Possibilities and Problems, Alan Murray, Kathryn Haynes and Lucian Hudson. Sustainability, Accounting, Management and Policy Journal (2010) Vol. 1 (2) pp.161-177
Highly Commended in the Emerald Literati Network 2011 Awards for Excellence
- Do financial markets care about social and environmental disclosure? Further Evidence and Exploration from the UK, Alan Murray, Donald Sinclair, David Power, Rob Gray. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (2006) Vol. 19(2) pp.228-255
- Sustainable Economics: Context, Challenges and Opportunities For the 21st Century Practitioner, Keith Skene and Alan Murray, Sheffield: Greenleaf (2015, forthcoming)
- Corporate Responsibility. Michael Blowfield and Alan Murray, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2014, 3rd Ed.,)ISBN-13: 978-0199678327
- Corporate Responsibility. Michael Blowfield and Alan Murray, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2011, 2nd Ed.) ISBN-13: 978-0-19-958107-8
- WINNER of the CMI Management Book of the Year - 2011-12 Leadership and Management Textbook Category
- Corporate Responsibility: A Critical Introduction. Michael Blowfield and Alan Murray, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2008) ISBN-13: 978-0-19-920909-5
- Inspirational Guide For The Implementation Of PRME: UK and Ireland Edition:
Ed. Alan Murray, Denise Baden, Paul Cashian, Kathryn Haynes, and Alec Wersun. Sheffield: Greenleaf (2014 ) ISBN-13: 978-1783531240
- Corporate Social Responsibility: A Research Handbook. Eds: Jesse Dillard, Kathryn Haynes and Alan Murray; Oxford: Routledge (2013).ISBN-13: 978-0415783125
Edited book chapters
Development of Responsible Management Education and the Principles for Responsible Management Education in Context Hayes, Ross, Carole Parkes, and Alan Murray in Sunley R. and Leigh J. (eds.), Educating for Responsible Management: Putting Theory into Practice (2016). (Greenleaf: Sheffield)
Integrating Gender Equality into CSR and Sustainability Kathryn Haynes and Alan Murray in Flynn, P. Haynes, K. & Kilgour, M (eds). Integrating Gender Equality into Management Education: the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) book series, Greenleaf; Sheffield. , (2015) ISBN-13: 978-1783532254
Embedding PRME in the Business School Curriculum, Alan Murray, Denise Baden, Paul Cashian, Kathryn Haynes, and Alec Wersun; in Inspirational Guide for The Implementation of PRME- UK and Ireland Edition: Ed. Alan Murray, Denise Baden, Paul Cashian, Kathryn Haynes, and Alec Wersun. Sheffield: Greenleaf (2014) ISBN-13: 978-1783531240
- Corporate Social Responsibility – A Research Agenda, Kathryn Haynes Alan Murray and Jesse Dillard; in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Research Handbook, Eds.: Kathryn Haynes Alan Murray and Jesse Dillard, Oxford: Routledge (2013)
Deciphering the Domain of Corporate Social Responsibility, Jesse Dillard and Alan Murray; in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Research Handbook, Eds.: Kathryn Haynes Alan Murray and Jesse Dillard,, Oxford: Routledge (2013)
In Conflicting Paradigms of Corporate Social Responsibility, whither Social Justice? Alan Murray and Kathryn Haynes; in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Research Handbook, Kathryn Haynes Alan Murray and Jesse Dillard, Oxford: Routledge (2013)
- Leadership and Management Development for the Environment, Alan Murray; in The Gower Handbook of Leadership and Management Development; (5th Ed) Eds.: J. Gold, R. Thorpe, and A. Mumford; Farnham: Gower Publishing Ltd. (2010)
- Hermeneutics, Alan Murray; in The Sage Dictionary of Qualitative Management Research, Eds.: R. Thorpe and R. Holt, London: Sage (2008)
Work in progress
Accounting for Impact? Accounting research engaging with business, practice and the profession, Kathryn Haynes and Alan Murray
The Circular Economy: A Review of the Literature and Research Directions in Business and Management, Alan Murray, Keith Skene and Kathryn Haynes
Paper to be presented at the 3rd CR-SD Symposium, Toronto, June 2015
Gender Equality and Sustainable Development: An Agenda for Accounting Research (2013) Kathryn Haynes and Alan Murray
- The Question of Hermeneutics: From Schliermacher to Ricoeur. Exploring epistemological and ontological implications for accounting and management researchers. Alan Murray; Paper in progress
- Where is Sustainability in the Interaction of Forms of Capital?: An analysis using Bourdieu Paper to be presented at the ICAEW Conference, London, December 2014.
- Gender Equality and Sustainable Development: An Agenda for Accounting Research (2013) Kathryn Haynes and Alan Murray. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference, Kobe 2013.
- The Circular Economy: A Review of the Literature, (2012), Keith Skene and Alan Murray
Paper presented at the 24th CSEAR International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research, St Andrews, September 2012