Prof. Dr. David Risi


Prof. Dr. David Risi Dozent

  • Adresse Berner Fachhochschule
    Institut Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Brückenstrasse 73
    3005 Bern


  • Research Professor for Responsible Management


  • David Risi is a Professor of Responsible Management at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (Business) and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of St. Gallen.

    David closely collaborates with industry partners. For several years, he worked for a strategy consulting firm. David regularly takes on advisory mandates. For example, he serves as a member of the Judging Panel for the ESG Investing Awards 2022.

    David has taught business administration, business ethics, organization theory, research methods, strategic management, and sustainability management in bachelor and (executive) master programs at universities in Switzerland and abroad.

    His research has appeared in numerous practice-oriented articles, book chapters, and academic journals. He is the author of “Corporate Social Responsibility (Elements in Business Strategy),” published by Cambridge University Press, and a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Management Studies, included in the Financial Times Top 50 journals list. His scholarly work has received various awards, including the 2017 Academy of Management Social Issues in Management Best Dissertation Award. David is the principal investigator in two major research projects (i.a., supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation).
  • Seit Sep. 2020 Forschungsprofessor für Responsible Management Berner Fachhochschule (Wirtschaft)
  • Seit Feb. 2020 Senior Research Fellow Universität St. Gallen (Institut für Wirtschaftsethik)
  • Jan. 2019-Sep. 2020 Postdoctoral Researcher Universität Oxford (Said Business School)
  • Dez. 2017-Jun.2020 Affiliated Postdoctoral Fellow Universität Zürich (Department of Banking and Finance)
  • Aug. 2018-Juni 2020 Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • 2012-2017 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Universität St. Gallen
  • 2006-2012 Master in Social and Communication Sciences (MA SoCom) Universität Luzern



  • Risi, D., Wickert, C., & Ramus, T. (2023). Coordinated Enactment: How Organizational Departments Work Together to Implement CSR. Business & Society, 62(4), 745–786.

  • Risi, D., Vigneau, L., & Bohn, S., & Wickert, C. W. (2023). Institutional theory-based research on Corporate Social Responsibility: Bringing values back in. International Journal of Management Reviews, 25(1), 3–23.

  • Risi, D., & Marti, E. (2022). Illuminating the dark side of values: A framework for institutional research. Journal of Management Inquiry, 31(3), 253–263.


  • Institut Sustainable Business

  • Fachgruppe Corporate Responsibility

  • Academy of Management

  • European Group of Organization Studies

  • Journal of Management Studies (Editorial Review Board)

  • University of St. Gallen (Institute for Business Ethics)