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) and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of St. Gallen.

    David collaborates with industry partners from different sectors. For several years, he worked as a sustainability reporting analyst for a strategy consulting firm and continues to take on mandates with a practical orientation. For example, David serves as a member of the Judging Panel for the ESG Investing Awards 2022.

    In numerous university Bachelor's and (Executive) Master's programs, David has taught business administration, business ethics, organization theory, research methods, strategic managerial decision making, and sustainability management.

    His research has appeared in practice-oriented articles, book chapters, and leading international 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 the following research projects:

    Project title: "Similar but not the same: Comparative case studies of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Circular Economy (CE) implementation"
    Duration: 2022-2024
    Funding Institution: Bern University of Applied Sciences
    Project Partners: Prof. Maria Franco Mosquera (Berner Fachhochschule, Technik und Informatik)

    Project title: "Unpacking the Internal Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Implementation: The Role of CSR Managers and CSR Resources"
    Duration: 2022-2026
    Funding Institution: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
    Project Partners: Prof. Tom Lawrence (University of Oxford); Prof. Christopher Wickert (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • 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., Wickert, C., & Ramus, T. (2022) Coordinated Enactment: How Organizational Departments Work Together to Implement CSR. Business & Society, forthcoming

  • 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)