Donal Crilly

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Chair, Strategy and Entrepreneurship Faculty

BA (Dublin City) MBA (Hitotsubashi) PhD (INSEAD) PhD (UCL)

Professor Donal Crilly’s research interests include stakeholder theory, managerial cognition, and intertemporal choice. His work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Journal of International Business Studies.

Currently Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, Donal Crilly is Associate Editor at the Strategic Management Journal, and an editorial board member of the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of International Business Studies, and Strategic Organization.

Professor Crilly holds a BA (Dublin) MBA (Hitotsubashi) PhD (INSEAD) (UCL).

Research Award

  • Finalist for Temple Best Paper Prize, Academy of International Business 2011 (and winner of best paper in governance and institutions track)

  • Winner, Newman Award for best paper based on recent dissertation, Academy of Management, 2010

  • Finalist for Best Paper Prize, Strategic Management Society, Cologne, 2008

  • Stakeholder theory
  • Managerial cognition
  • Boundaries of the firm
  • Corporate social responsibility

Better safe than sorry: CEO regulatory focus and workplace safety

Qian C; Balaji P; Crilly D; Liu Y

Journal of Management 2024 Vol 50:4 p 1453-1487

Time is not money! Temporal preferences for time investments and entry into entrepreneurship

Gutierrez C; Sloof R; Crilly D

Organization Science 2024 Vol 35:2 p 622-643


A configurational theory of generalized exchange in stakeholder firms

Ho V; Bosse D; Crilly D; Harrison J

Academy of Management Perspectives 2023 Vol 37:1 p 16-36

Short-selling pressure and workplace safety: curbing short-termism through stakeholder interdependencies

Qian C; Crilly D; Lin Y; Zhang K; Zhang R

Organization Science 2023 Vol 34:1 p 358-379


Corporate social counterpositioning: How attributes of social issues influence competitive response

Mohliver A; Crilly D; Kaul A

Strategic Management Journal 2022 Online first


Capturing causal complexity: heuristics for configurational theorizing

Furnari S; Crilly D; Misangyi V F; Greckhamer T; Fiss P C; Aguilera R

Academy of Management Review 2021 Vol 46:4 p 778-799

Reactivity to sustainability metrics: A configurational study of motivation and capacity

Slager R; Gond J-P; Crilly D

Business Ethics Quarterly 2021 Vol 31:2 p 275-307

Why Do Banks Favor Employee-Friendly Firms? A Stakeholder–Screening Perspective

Qian C; Crilly D; Wang K; Wang Z

Organization Science 2021 Vol 32:3 p 605-624


Stakeholder engagement strategies, national institutions, and firm performance: a configurational perspective

Gupta K; Crilly D; Greckhamer T

Strategic Management Journal 2020 Vol 41:10 p 1869-1900


Behavioral stakeholder theory

Crilly D

in Harrison J S; Barney J B; Freeman R E and Phillips R A (eds.), The Cambridge handbook of stakeholder theory, Cambridge University Press, 2019.


Embracing causal complexity: the emergence of a neo-configurational perspective.

Misangyi V; Greckhamer T; Furnari S; Fiss P; Crilly D; Aguilera R

Journal of Management 2017 Vol 43:1 p 255-282

Time and space in strategy discourse : implications for intertemporal choice

Crilly D

Strategic Management Journal 2017 Vol 38:12 p 2370-2389


Do no harm versus do good social responsibility. Attributional thinking and the liability of foreignness

Crilly D; Ni N; Jiang Y

Strategic Management Journal 2016 July Vol 37:7 p 1316-1329

Grammar of decoupling: A cognitive-linguistic perspective on firms’ sustainability claims and stakeholders

Crilly D; Zollo M; Hansen M

Academy of Management Journal 2016 Vol 59:2 p 705-729

How do firms manage strategic dualities? A process perspective

Birkinshaw J M; Bouquet C; Crilly D; Lee S

Academy of Management Discoveries 2016 Vol 2:1 p 51-78


Autonomy or control? Organizational architecture and corporate attention to stakeholders

Crilly D; Sloan P

Organization Science 2014 Vol 25:2 p 339-355

The stakeholder enterprise: Caring for the community by attending to employees

Ni N; Qian C; Crilly D

Strategic Organization 2014 Vol 12:1 p 38-61


Corporate social responsibility: A multi-level explanation of why managers do good.

Crilly D

Research in the Sociology of Organizations 2013 Vol 38 p 181-204

Recasting enterprise strategy: Towards stakeholder research that matters to general managers

Crilly D

Journal of Management Studies 2013 Vol 50:8 p 1427-1447


Enterprise logic; Explaining corporate attention to stakeholders from the 'inside-out'

Crilly D; Sloan P

Strategic Management Journal 2012 Vol 33:10 p 1174-1193

Faking it or muddling through? Understanding decoupling in response to stakeholder pressures

Crilly D; Zollo M; Hansen M T

Academy of Management Journal 2012 Vol 55:6 p 1429-1448


Cognitive scope of the firm: explaining stakeholder orientation from the inside-out

Crilly D

Business and Society 2011 Vol 50:3 p 518-530

Predicting stakeholder orientation in the multinational enterprise: A mid-range theory

Crilly D

Journal of International Business Studies 2011 Vol 42:5 p 694-717


The psychological antecedents to socially responsible behavior

Crilly D; Schneider S C; Zollo M

European Management Review 2008 Vol 5:3 p 175-190

Teaching portfolio

Our teaching offering is updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.