Sarah Lilian Stephen

Sarah Lilian Stephen

Sarah Lilian Stephen

Associated Member
Girtannerstrasse 8
9010 St. Gallen
Publications Publications of Sarah Lilian Stephen
Main Focuses
  • Institutional theory: institutional change, institutional entrepreneurship, and organisational fields
  • Responsible investing, impact investing, investment funds, investor activism, ESG
  • Corporate social/environmental responsibility
  • Environmental issues
  • Unethical decision-making and behaviour
  • Qualitative research
Fields of research
  • Organisational Theory
  • Finance & Society
  • Corporate environmental responsibility
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Research Methods
  • Ph.D in Economics (specialisation: Management), Faculté des hautes études commerciales (HEC), University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Undergraduate & postgraduate qualifications in life and physical sciences, environmental sciences, and literature.  

Professional Career

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Liverpool. I was a member of IWE from 2019 until 2022 as a Senior Research Fellow. Prior to joining IWE, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Lausanne, where I had previously been employed as a Graduate Assistant and as an FNS Researcher.  



Teaching Activities

I teach an MA course (Autumn 20; Autumn 21) open to all programmes: Finance & Society  

I have served as expert examiner on MA theses at UNIL (Management; Accounting; Law and Economics; Finance programmes) and supervised/supervise MA theses (various programmes) at HSG. 


Current project at HSG: Early Institutional Entrepreneurship in Hostile Contexts

Other concurrent projects on organisational theory and financial and environmental performance. 


  • Academy of Management International
  • Association for Business & Society
  • Responsible Research in Business & Management.  
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management (2017) 
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