Professor Freeman Received Honorary Doctorate Degree for His Pioneering Research

The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics congratulates academic director Professor R. Edward Freeman who received an honorary doctorate degree at Radboud University in May.


On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Radboud University Nijmegen, Freeman received an honorary doctorate degree for his groundbreaking work in business ethics and Stakeholder Theory. Radboud University Nijmegen is a student-oriented research university located in the oldest city in the Netherlands.
The degree was given for Freeman’s Strategic Management: a Stakeholder Approach which introduced the concept of stakeholders, all of those individuals or groups other than shareholders who have a stake in the particular decision or action of companies. The book proved to be a landmark in the development of stakeholder theory, a theory of management that emphasizes morality and ethics in managing companies and other organizations.
Researchers from Radboud University have been working with Freeman on new theories in business ethics and professional ethics as well as research into global ethical issues such as sustainability and poverty.
Freeman will also offer a new, free massive open online course, or MOOC, “New Models of Business in Society” that seeks to revolutionize our thinking about how business creates or destroys value for its stakeholders – customers, suppliers, employees, communities and society, in addition to shareholders and other financiers. “If you’re interested in business, interested in making business and the world better, sign up for the course,” said Freeman.
Register now for “New Models of Business in Society.”