Portrait of Dr M. May Seitanidi

Dr M. May Seitanidi

Reader in Strategy


Dr M. May Seitanidi (FRSA) joined the University of Kent in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Strategy. She is currently a Reader at Kent Business School, the Pathway Institutional Lead in Business and Management for the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership SeNSS, and a member of the Postgraduate Development Committee of the University of Kent. She has previously served as a member of the KBS Research Ethics Committee and as the Deputy Director of Research at the Medway campus. Dr Seitanidi is also a visiting Professor in CSR at LUISS Business School - Rome, Italy.
Dr Seitanidi holds a PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility from the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) at the University of Nottingham. She has been working in the area of Cross-Sector Collaboration for over 20 years, has published three books, several papers and co-edited two special issues for the Journal of Business Ethics.
May has worked as a Senior Lecturer for the University of Hull as Director of the Centre for Organisational Ethics at Hull Business School, Chair of the Hull Business School Research Ethics Committee; and Lecturer in CSR at Brunel Business School and Nottingham Business School. Dr Seitanidi has worked for the public, private and non-profit sectors including for the Department of Health in London, Civic Education Project, an International Education Nonprofit Organisation (London Office), as the Director of a Marketing & PR Consultancy in Greece (MPRC Norther Greece), and the Founder of the Hellenic Sponsorship Centre. She has extensive experience in consulting and executive education. 


  • 2015 - Recipient of ARSP Honors List Certificate recognised as 'Thought Leader in Social Partnerships' (voted internationally).
  • 2014 - Recipient of Finalist Award from the Alliance of Nonprofit Management 'Terry McAdam' Book Award for the book: 'Creating Value in Nonprofit-Business Collaborations' co-authored with James E. Austin (Harvard Business School). 

Research interests

Social partnerships: between business and non-profit organisations with an emphasis on their role as facilitating agents of organisational and social change. She is interested in sustainability and corporate social responsibility and the functional role of conflict in achieving sustainable social outcomes across economic sectors.
Dr Seitanidi's research is positioned within the broad realm of Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics and Sustainability looking at the changing roles and responsibilities of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her research looks at the enabling conditions, the governance and the types of outcomes pluralistic institutional environments deliver on multiple levels when aiming to address complex social issues such as poverty alleviation, social exclusion and healthcare. 

Her research previously looked at excellence in co-creation of value in complex institutional environments involving public-private-non-profit organisations. Her work has provided roadmaps of collaborative implementation for business, voluntary and public sector organisations, increasing the accountability and institutionalisation of collaborative innovation, capturing the dynamics of collective action and understanding the potential of people, organisations and societies pursuing intentionally the elusive social good.

Through her research she shepherds five interrelated thematic areas: 

  • hybrid policy and governance;
  • multi-layered authority systems at local and international levels;
  • societal solutions to complex social issues (examples: cross-sector partnerships/micro-finance/contract farming for poverty alleviation, cross-sector social partnerships/employee volunteering for social exclusion; cross-sector collective action/programmatic agreements for co-ordinated emergency medical service provision)

She has published in a range of journals including Journal of Business Ethics, Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly, European Management Journal, Corporate Reputation Review, Emergence: Complexity & Organization Journal, International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Management Decision.
She has authored 'The Politics of Partnerships' (2010, Springer), short-listed for the Best Book Award of the SIM Division at the AoM (2013); co-edited a volume with Prof. Andrew Crane 'Social Partnerships & Responsible Business. A Research Handbook' (2014, Routledge); and co-authored book with Prof. James Austin 'Creating Value in Nonprofit-Business Partnerships. New Thinking & Practice' (2014, Jossey Bass). The book received the 2014 Finalist 'The Terry McAdam' Book Award of the 'Alliance for Nonprofit Management'. 


Dr Seitanidi teaches Corporate Social Responsibility and Research Methods 


Supervision Topics

Cross-Sector Social Partnerships, Corporate Social Responsibility Collective Action for Complex Social Issue, Organisational and Social Conflict, Organisational and Social Change, Governance and Accountability in Hybrid Forms of Social Interaction. 

Current Supervisees

Past Supervisees

  • Ngechop Yvonne Claire Ndifor: Financial Services as a Transformative Social Change Mechanism: The Case of Microfinance Partnerships with Women Entrepreneurs in Cameroon
  • Aroob Alrifai: Stakeholders and Corporate Philanthropy in a Developing Country of Intense Religious Beliefs, Values & Norms. (Completed: 2013)

Advisor/Visiting PhD Students:

  • Yoojin Jang: 'Nonprofit-Business Partnerships and network ties In Korea'.
  • Lamberto Zollo: 'Cross-sector interactions between Governmental Institutions and Nonprofit Organizations in Italy'.
  • Julia Helena Diaz Ramirez: 'Decision Making Processes of SMEs for Partnering with Civil Society Organisations in Colombia'.
  • Maria Jesus Baroso Mendez: 'The Role of Learning in Cross-sector Social Partnerships in Spain'. 

PhD/MRes Examinations:

  • Dr Janni Thusgaard Pedersen: 'Managing Institutional Complexity in Hybrid Organisations, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Department of Intercultural Communication and Management'.
  • Dr Helena Knight: 'Collaborative Value Creation: How arts & business organisations create value for society', Cardiff Business School.
  • Dr Victor Tsemo: 'An Investigation of CSR as a Hidden Source of Corporate Political Power', Wolverhampton Business School.
  • Dr Sabine Hoffmann: 'Corporate citizenship: Employee attitudes and their relationship to an employer brand. A comparative case study in the German FMCG industry', Bradford University School of Management.
  • Nicholas Black: 'What is the institutional environment like for small sized social enterprises? A study of discourses, institutional logics and sources of legitimacy', ICCSR, Nottingham Business School
  • Dr Gizem Oksuzoglu Guven: 'The impact of social trauma on business ethics: The case of Cypriot Turks', Brunel Business School. 


Reviewer for several journals including Organisation Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Business and Society, Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing; Business Ethics: A European Review; Supply Chain Management; European Journal of Marketing; Journal of Business Research; International Review of Administrative Sciences.

Guest Editorships: 

Visiting Positions/Fellowships:

  • 2014-17 - Visiting Professor in CSR. University LUISS, Business School, Rome, Italy. Teaching MBA and PhD students Responsible & Sustainable Value Creation.
  • 2012-17 - Visiting Fellow, University of Nottingham, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility-ICCSR, Nottingham University Business School, UK.
  • 2009 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), The Higher Education Academy, UK.
  • 2007-10 - Visiting Fellow, University of Nottingham, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility-ICCSR, Nottingham University Business School, UK.
  • 2007-11 - External Examiner for the modules: Managing Strategy; International Business Strategy; Corporate Social Responsibility; University of Hertfordshire, Business School, UK.


2005 - Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP), an annual international 'thexis' (cutting across theory and practice) publication in cross-sector collaboration for the social good. The ARSP is distributed to over 50,000 recipients around the world on open access, it is catalogued at Ingenta Connect providing access to 1.4 million people internationally (approximately 12,000 downloads per year).

2007 - Founder of the International Cross-Sector Social Interactions Symposia Series organised by leading scholars in top universities around the world.

2005 - Academy of Management (AoM) Member of Social Issues in Management Division (SIM), served as:

  • Associate Editor for the 2012 AoM Conference, Boston, USA
  • SIM 2014 Best Book Award Committee, AoM Conference, Philadelphia, USA
  • Member of Public and Nonprofit Division (PNP), served as:
  • International Liaison Officer (2010-2011)
  • Associate Editor for the 2011 AoM Conference, San Antonio Texas, USA

2015-2017 - Member of NCVO's (National Council of Voluntary Organisations in the UK) Public Services Advisory Group.

2006-10 - British Academy of Management (BAM) - Member of CSR Special Interest Group  

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