Dr. David Risi


Dr. David Risi Dozent

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


  • Research Professor for Responsible Management

Parcours professionnel

  • David Risi is a Research Professor of Responsible Management at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (Business) since September 2020. He is also an affiliated senior research fellow at the University of St. Gallen and an affiliated postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich. David combines empirical and conceptual methods in his work, which focuses on business ethics and management theory. He is a member of the Editorial Review Board of Journal of Management Studies, included in the Financial Times Top 50 journals list.

    David was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford (Saïd Business School) and a lecturer at the School of Management and Law at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). For several years, he also worked for a management consulting firm as a sustainability reporting analyst.

    His research has appeared in practice-oriented articles, book chapters, leading international journals such as Business & Society, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Management Inquiry and Journal of Management Studies, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. He is the author of Corporate Social Responsibility (Elements in Business Strategy), published by Cambridge University Press. His research has received various awards, including the 2017 Academy of Management Social Issues in Management Best Dissertation Award.

    In various university bachelor and (executive) master programs, David has taught, among others, Introduction to Business Administration, Organization and Management Theory, Strategic Sustainability Management, Management Decision Making, and Business Ethics.

    Since 2022, David has been working as Principal Investigator with a small team of researchers on corporate social responsibility in Swiss financial institutions. This project is financially supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and carried out with project partners from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Oxford.
  • Seit Sep. 2020 Forschungsprofessor für Responsible Management Berner Fachhochschule (Wirtschaft)
  • Seit Feb. 2020 Affiliated Senior Research Fellow (Habilitation/"venia legendi" project ongoing) Universität St. Gallen (Institut für Wirtschaftsethik)
  • Seit Dez. 2017 Affiliated Postdoctoral Fellow Universität Zürich (Department of Banking and Finance)
  • Jan. 2019-Sep. 2020 Postdoctoral Researcher Universität Oxford (Said Business School)
  • 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., Vigneau, L., & Bohn, S., & Wickert, C. W. (2022). Institutional theory-based research on Corporate Social Responsibility: Bringing values back in. International Journal of Management Reviews, 1–74.

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


  • Institut Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Institut Sustainable Business

  • Academy of Management

  • European Group of Organization Studies

  • Journal of Management Studies (Editorial Review Board)

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

  • University of Zurich (Department of Banking and Finance)