Stephen Brammer

Stephen Brammer

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Professor of Strategy

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2TY

Stephen Brammer is Professor of Strategy at Birmingham Business School. His main research interests are corporate responsibility, business ethics, and reputation management. Specifically, his research explores firm-stakeholder relationships, the strategic management of these, and their impacts upon company performance and reputation. His research has been widely published in leading journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organisation Studies, Financial Management, and the Journal of Business Research.

He is a member of the Academy of Management and former President of the International Association for Business and Society. He has served as a Section Editor at the Journal of Business Ethics, and is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Management Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Business & Society.



  • PhD (Econ), University of East Anglia
  • MA (Econ), University of East Anglia
  • BA (Hons), University of East Anglia


Key current research themes include:

  • The impacts of irresponsible corporate behaviour on firm reputation
  • The link between CEO remuneration and corporate reputation
  • The influence of organisational learning on business environmental strategies and impacts
  • The relationship between employee attitudes and behaviours and firm social and environmental activities
  • The dynamics of stakeholder management


H He, S Brammer, H. He, K. Mellahi [In Press]. Corporate social responsibility, employee organizational identification, and creative effort: the moderating impact of corporate ability. Group & Organization Management

K. Morrell, S. Brammer [In Press]. Governance and Virtue: The case of riot police, Journal of Business Ethics. J. Grosvold, S. Brammer, and B. Rayton. [In Press] Women on Corporate Boards: A Comparative Institutional Analysis. Business & Society.

BA Rayton, SJ Brammer, AI Millington [In Press] Corporate Social Performance and the Psychological Contract. Group & Organization Management.

R. van Tulder, A. Crane, M. Seitanidi, and S. Brammer. [In Press] Enhancing the Impact of Cross-Sector Partnerships: Four impact loops for channelling partnership studies. Journal of Business Ethics.

Hoejmose, S.U., Brammer, S. & Millington, A. (2013) An empirical examination of the relationship between business strategy and socially responsible supply chain management. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 33 (5).

Brammer, S. & Walker, H., (2012) The relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement in the public sector. International Journal of Production Economics, 140 (1), 256-268.

Brammer, S., Hoejmose, S., & Marchant, K. (2012) Environmental Management in SMEs in the UK: Practices, Pressures and Perceived Benefits. Business Strategy and the Environment 21 (7), 423-434.

Rayton, B.A., Brammer, S., & Cheng, S. (2012) Corporate visibility and executive pay. Economics Letters 117 (1), 337-339.

Hoejmose, S., Brammer, S., & Millington, A. (2012) "Green" supply chain management: The role of trust and top management in B2B and B2C markets. Industrial Marketing Management 41 (4), 609-620.

Brammer, S., Jackson, G., & Matten, D. (2012) Corporate social responsibility and institutional theory: New perspectives on private governance. Socio-Economic Review 10 (1), 3-28.

James, Chris, Brammer, Steve, Connolly, Michael, Fertig, Mike, James, Jane, and Jones, Jeff (2011) School Governing Bodies in England Under Pressure: The Effects of Socio-economic Context and School Performance. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 39(4), 414-433.

S. Brammer and H. Walker (2011) Sustainable procurement in the public sector: an international comparative study. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 31(4), 452-476.

F. Dahlmann and S. Brammer (2011) “Exploring and explaining patterns of adaptation and selection in corporate environmental strategy in the US”, Organisation Studies, 32(4), 527-553.

J. Grosvold and S. Brammer (2011) “National institutional systems as antecedents of female board representation: An empirical study”, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 19(2), 116-135.

H. Elms, S. Brammer, J.D. Harris, and R.A. Phillips (2010) “New Directions in Strategic Management and Business Ethics”, Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(3), 401-425

S. Brammer, S. Pavelin and L. Porter (2009) “Corporate charitable giving, multinational companies and controversial countries” Journal of Management Studies, 46(4), 575-596

S. Brammer, A. Millington and S. Pavelin (2009) “Corporate Reputation and Women on the Board” British Journal of Management, 20(1), 17-29.

H. Walker, and S. Brammer (2009) “Sustainable procurement in the United Kingdom public sector” Supply Chain Management, 14(2), 128-137.

S. Brammer, C. Brooks, and S. Pavelin. “The Stock Performance of America’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens” Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 49(3), 1065-1080.

S. Brammer and A. Millington (2008) “Does it pay to be different? An analysis of the relationship between corporate social and financial performance.” Strategic Management Journal, 29(12), 1325-1343.

P. Cox, S. Brammer, and A. Millington (2008) “Pension Funds and Corporate Social Performance An Empirical Analysis.” Business & Society, 47(2), 213-241S.

Brammer and S. Pavelin (2008) “Factors influencing the quality of corporate environmental disclosure” Business Strategy and the Environment, 17(2), 120-136.