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  1. Christian Voegtlin & Nicola M. Pless (forthcoming). Global Governance: CSR and the Role of the UN Global Compact. Journal of Business Ethics.
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  2. Nicola M. Pless (2012). Social Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice—An Introduction. Journal of Business Ethics 111 (3):317-320.
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  3. Nicola M. Pless & Jenny Appel (2012). In Pursuit of Dignity and Social Justice: Changing Lives Through 100 % Inclusion—How Gram Vikas Fosters Sustainable Rural Development. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 111 (3):389-411.
    This case study investigates Gram Vikas' innovative social entrepreneurial approach to sustainable rural development through its 'Water and Sanitation Programme'. We explore its key innovation of 100 % inclusion and the process of creating democratic, self-governing management systems. This allows us to demonstrate how a social enterprise tries to realize its vision of "an equitable and sustainable society where people live in peace with dignity", and ultimately, how it contributes to the United Nations Millennium Goals of improving health, empowering women (...)
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  4. Nicola M. Pless & Thomas Maak (2011). Responsible Leadership: Pathways to the Future. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 98 (S1):3-13.
    This article maps current thinking in the emerging field of responsible leadership. Various environmental and social forces have triggered interest in both research and practices of responsible leadership. This article outlines the main features of the relevant research, specifies a definition of the concept, and compares this emergent understanding of responsible leadership with related leadership theories. Finally, an overview of different articles in this special issue sketches some pathways for ongoing research.
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  5. Nicola M. Pless, Thomas Maak & Derick de Jongh (2011). Foreword to Special Issue on �Responsible Leadership�. Journal of Business Ethics 98 (1):1-2.
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  6. Nicola M. Pless, Thomas Maak & Derick Jongh (2011). Foreword to Special Issue on 'Responsible Leadership'. Journal of Business Ethics 98 (S1):1-1.
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  7. Thomas Maak & Nicola M. Pless (2009). Business Leaders as Citizens of the World. Advancing Humanism on a Global Scale. Journal of Business Ethics 88 (3):537 - 550.
    As the world is getting increasingly connected and interdependent it becomes clear that the world’s most pressing public problems such as poverty or global warming call for cross-sector solutions. The paper discusses the idea of business leaders acting as agents of world benefit, taking an active co-responsibility in generating solutions to problems. It argues that we need responsible global leaders who are aware of the pressing problems in the world, care for the needs of others, aspire to make this world (...)
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  8. Nicola M. Pless (2007). Understanding Responsible Leadership: Role Identity and Motivational Drivers. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 74 (4):437 - 456.
    This article contributes to the emerging discussion on responsible leadership by providing an analysis of the inner theatre of a responsible leader. I use a narrative approach for analyzing the biography of Anita Roddick as a widely acknowledged prototype of a responsible leader. With clinical and normative lenses I explore the relationship between responsible leadership behavior and the underlying motivational systems. I begin the article with an introduction outlining the current state of responsible leadership research and explaining the kind of (...)
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  9. Thomas Maak & Nicola M. Pless (2006). Responsible Leadership in a Stakeholder Society – a Relational Perspective. Journal of Business Ethics 66 (1):99 - 115.
    We understand responsible leadership as a social-relational and ethical phenomenon, which occurs in social processes of interaction. While the prevailing leadership literature has for the most part focussed on the relationship between leaders and followers in the organization and defined followers as subordinates, we show in this article that leadership takes place in interaction with a multitude of followers as stakeholders inside and outside the corporation. Using an ethical lens, we discuss leadership responsibilities in a stakeholder society, thereby following Bass (...)
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