My name is Jessica Stannard-Friel, and I'm currently in my last semester of the MBA program at Harvard Business School. Prior to grad school, I worked for several years as a corporate philanthropy consultant; in that capacity, I helped companies to be more strategic and more effective in their social engagement activities. I deepened that experience by spending last summer working for a corporate foundation. Through this blog, I hope to layer together my work experience with the perspective I've gained in my MBA classes.
I hope that this blog will become a dialogue. In my posts, I plan to draw on sources including conversations with practitioners, books, articles, and conferences, but I think your comments and feedback could be the richest source of learning for me. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts on these issues or your ideas for this blog by commenting or emailing me at ReimaginingCSR (at) gmail (dot) com.
As I consider where to go with this blog, I would really appreciate your feedback. In particular:
- What are the major challenges currently facing the field of CSR? (e.g., difficulty measuring social and business impact)
- What are the major unresolved conflicts in this field? (e.g., the ethics of making money by addressing social problems)
- What are the major books, articles, websites, and other resources that a CSR practitioner must be aware of in order to be educated about this field?
If you have any thoughts on these questions, please comment - thank you!