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Every Thursday a business school professor, an expert in his or her field, will define five key terms. The definitions can be found in the “editors choice” below.

Mike Barnett is professor of strategy at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

He is an expert in corporate social responsibility and managing corporate and industry reputations.

Prof Barnett’s research interests include why companies do “good” such as making a contribution towards social and environmental improvement. He also analyses how effective external governance systems, such as markets, trade associations, activist groups and consumers, promote good behaviour and deter bad behaviour from companies.

He has a PhD and MPhil in strategic management from New York University’s Stern School of Business and an MBA from Webster University.

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