Professor of Global Business and Society
M.B.A., New York University; M.A. in Corporate and Political Communication, Fairfield University
Joanne Lawrence is a Global Professor of Global Business and Society at Hult International Business School (Boston-San Francisco-London-Dubai-Shanghai) and is an academic advisor to the UN Global Compact.
Prior to Hult, she was a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at INSEAD and an affiliate of INSEAD’s Business in Society Centre, where she was involved in Project RESPONSE, an extensive study of global corporate social responsibility (CSR). A strong believer in the power of business to bring about lasting, positive change, she focuses on developing leaders who can ethically and effectively leverage resources to achieve both social and economic objectives.
With extensive international corporate and consulting experience, she has worked with multinational companies and global organizations such as BP, IBM and the World Bank as well as smaller, socially-focused enterprises and start-ups, such as Tom’s of Maine and Economic Development Imports. As vice president of corporate communications and investor relations, she received numerous awards in both the U.S. and U.K. for her work in strategically-aligning and engaging stakeholders. While vice president at UK-based healthcare company SmithKline Beecham (today GSK), she headed a ground-breaking global organizational change initiative that became the subject of a book and an award-winning INSEAD case study.
Ms. Lawrence is co-author of From Promise to Performance: The Journey of Transformation at SmithKline Beecham (Harvard Business School Press, 1997). SmithKline Beecham was one of ten best cases in The Search for Strategic Credibility: Concepts and Cases in Global Strategy Communications and also the subject of an award-winning INSEAD case study: “The Making of the Simply Better Healthcare Company.” A recent essay, “The Disappearing Water Cooler” has been included in The Future of Innovation (Gower Publishing, 2009).
Her latest work is Globally Responsible Leadership: Managing According to the UN Global Compact Principles, co-edited with Paul Beamish of the Richard Ivey School of Business (Sage Publishing, 2012).