Dr Mary Johnstone-Louis examines the role of business in society in a context of rapid global shifts. Focusing on key aspects of social impact including gender, poverty, and evolving forms of corporate social responsibility, she has undertaken case study research with senior leaders of prominent multinational firms, global NGOs, and key policy organisations for more than a decade. She has conducted fieldwork in a range of geographies including Bangladesh, South Africa, and several countries in Latin America, including with senior executives of privately held firms in Mexico.
At the University of Oxford, Mary is a Senior Research Fellow at Saïd Business School where she directs a Ford Foundation-funded research programme examining corporate ownership, purpose, and inclusive capitalism led by Oxford Saïd's Dean Peter Tufano and Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA. She is also a Research Associate of Oxford’s Green Templeton College.
Mary’s work has been accepted for presentation in a variety of venues including the Academy of Management, British Academy of Management, Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina, European Academy of Business in Society, European Group for Organisational Studies, and for publication in leading journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Business Ethics Quarterly.
Mary has held fellowships from Green Templeton College and the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and has been awarded a Competitive Grant from the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship for her research. She has consulted with a range of organisations including, most recently, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Mary holds an MPhil with distinction from St Antony's College (University of Oxford) and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Johnstone-Louis, M. (2017): Corporate Social Responsibility and Women's Entrepreneurship: Towards a More Adequate Theory of 'Work'. Business Ethics Quarterly, 27:4, 569-602
Report: In Pursuit of Inclusive Capitalism: Business and Approaches to Systemic Change, Ford Foundation, Monitor Institute and Saïd Business School. Visit http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/inclusivecapitalism for more information.
Johnstone-Louis, M. (2016) To Impact the Workplace, Think Beyond the Workplace: Lessons about Gender Equality in Industry from the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), United Nations PRME Series: Overcoming Challenges to Gender Equality in the Workplace - Leadership and Innovation, eds. Flynn, P. et al. Greenleaf.
Johnstone-Louis, M. Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Gender Empowerment: Frameworks for Analysis, British Academy of Management, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 10 September 2015.
Johnstone-Louis, M. Work vs. Family in Entrepreneurship Scholarship: Findings and Gender Implications, Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 11 August 2015.
Johnstone-Louis, M. Is Entrepreneurship Fit for Purpose as a CSR Strategy? Analysis from Feminist Economics, European Group for Organization Studies, Athens, Greece, 3 July 2015
Johnstone-Louis, M. (2013): International Women’s Coffee Alliance, Case Prepared for the Oxford Forum on Women in the World Economy (this case has additionally been taught in multiple settings including Harvard Business School and the University of Oxford SBS MBA course)
Dolan, C.; Johnstone-Louis, M.; & Scott, L. (2012): Shampoo, Saris and SIM cards: Seeking Entrepreneurial Futures at the Bottom of the Pyramid, Gender & Development, 20:1, 33-47.
Scott, L., Dolan, C., Johnstone-Louis, M., Sugden, K., & Wu, M. (2012): Enterprise and Inequality: A Study of Avon in South Africa, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36:3, 543-568.
Johnstone-Louis, M., (2012): No Gods. No Masters?: The New Atheist Movement and the Commercialization of Unbelief, Consumption and Spirituality, eds. D. Rinallo, et. al., Routledge.
Dolan, C., Johnstone-Louis, M. & Scott, L. (2012): CARE Bangladesh Rural Sales Program, Case Prepared for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship with support of the Pears Foundation.
Scott, L. Johnstone-Louis, M. & Dolan, C. (2011): How Pampers and UNICEF Conquered a Deadly Disease. Harvard Business Review online: https://hbr.org/2011/10/how-pampers-and-unicef-conquer.
Scott, L. Johnstone-Louis, M. & Dolan, C. (2011): Pampers and UNICEF, Case Prepared for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship with support of the Pears Foundation.
Dolan, C. & Johnstone-Louis, M. (2011): Re-siting Corporate Responsibility: The Making of South Africa’s Avon Entrepreneurs, Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 60 (Summer), 21-33. (Reprinted in D. Rajak, et. al (2014) An Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility)
Dolan, C. & Johnstone-Louis, M. (2009): Bargaining with God: Religion, Advertising and Commercial Success in Kenya, Advertising and Society Review, 10:4.
McGann, J. & Johnstone, M. (2006): The Power Shift and the NGO Credibility Crisis, The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, 8:2, 65-77.