Professor Kleio Akrivou

Professor of Business Ethics and Moral Development

Professor Kleio Akrivou

Professor Kleio Akrivou

Academic Director of the MSc in Management Degree
Convener of the Henley Research Centre for Social and Organisational Studies (CSOS)
Visiting Associate Professor University of Navarra, Spain (Enterprise and Humanism)
Senior Fellow, UK HEA
Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Henley Business School room 241, Whiteknights campus
+44 (0) 118 378 6475
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Professor Kleio Akrivou is Professor of Business Ethics and Moral Development at the University of Reading's Henley Business School in the United Kingdom. She is also Visiting Scholar at the University of Navarra's institute for Business and Humanism; and Culture and Society in Spain. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with a cross-disciplinary focus on Moral Psychology/Philosophical Psychology and Behavioural Science from Case Western Reserve University (USA). Previous to her PhD in Moral Psychology and OB, she also completed cross-disciplinary bachelors and Masters of Science degrees with a focus on Management and Economics and International Commerce and relations.

Kleio is a Senior Fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy, has worked with the Lloyds Banking Group as an expert panel member in their Stakeholder Engagement project in the UK and is supporting BluePrint UK in their work. Kleio is also working jointly with other networks and institutions to engage practice and research relevant to Business and Society as well as Ethical Education.

Professor Akrivou's work is inter-disciplinary and her research crosses the disciplines of (Moral) Philosophy and Psychology, Philosophy of Management and Educational and Pedagogical Research. Since 2013 her research has focussed on Virtue Ethics with interest in a) new theory on self and social action in the lifeworld and in organisations, and b) critical and personalist virtue ethics approaches to neoliberal ways of thinking and their incommensurability with ethical human relations and action. She is interested in ethical management and leadership for humanistic and environmentally responsible (organisations in government, business and education).

Her latest book showcases her current interdisciplinary research, which defends a personalist virtue ethics proposal involving the self in relations and action, which are theoretically grounded upon the history of knowledge and philosophical ethics. This 2018 book is entitled 'The inter-processual self: towards a personalist virtue ethics proposal for human agency' (with J. V. Orón and G. R. Scalzo; published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, an imprint of Cambridge University Press). In 2016 Dr Akrivou and Prof A. Sison have co-edited the book Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good (E. Elgar). It is a synergistic effort uniting key academics (grounded in the European economic history and virtue ethics). It is written to highlight the lack of focus on the 'common good' in contemporary capitalism and its origins in medieval and early modern life and root causes, as well as to provide insights into how virtue ethics can be applied to reorient organisations/businesses and work as part of an ethical and humanistic economy-society relation.

Professor Akrivou serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Learning and Education and Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics. She is also the Academic Director of the Henley Business School's MSc in Management degree. She is the Lead Institutional Representative for Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-backed international educational institution.

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New Books

Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good

Akrivou, K., Orón, J. V. and Scalzo, G. (2018) The inter-processual self: towards a personalist virtue ethics proposal for human agency. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge. ISBN 9781527508279 (In Press)