Dr. Kleio Akrivou is Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Organisational Behaviour (Human 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 institutes for Business and Humanism and Culture and Society in Spain. She has a PhD with a cross-disciplinary focus on Moral Psychology, Adult Learning and Development, and Behavioral Science from Case Western Reserve University (United States).
Previous to her PhD, she also completed cross-disciplinary bachelor’s and master’s degrees with a focus on Management and Economics (with Sociological and Political Theory) and International Commerce and Development (with International Law). Her earlier research focused on cognitive approaches to moral maturity and behavioral psychology in constructivist adult development theory and cognitive psychology.
Her research exploring the relations and dynamics linking integrity in the self (integration) and differentiation has been published with Springer as a monograph, entitled Differentiation and Integration in Adult Development, in 2008. Her interdisciplinary research interests cross (Moral) Philosophy, Psychology, Philosophy of Management, and Educational and Pedagogical Research.
Since 2013, her research has focused on the unity of thought and the self, meaning making, and action, with a key concern for ethical human development, action, and relations, applying these to the executive leadership of complex and environmentally responsible organizations, and government, administration, and academic aspects of higher education. Dr. Akrivou’s current work centers on non-representational theories of knowledge on how to approach and understand the self and action, aiming to integrate moral psychology with classical philosophical works on the self, knowing, and life.
Her latest book showcases her current interdisciplinary research, which defends a personalist virtue ethics proposal regarding the self and action 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 collection of articles (grounded in the European economic history and virtue philosophy concepts). 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.
Dr. Akrivou serves on the editorial boards of AMLE and Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics. She is also the Academic Director of the Henley Business School’s MSc in Management and its Lead Institutional Representative for Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-backed international educational institution.
- Centre for Institutions and Economic History
- Centre for Social and Organisational Studies (CSOS), Henley Business School
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)