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Dr Samuel Mansell

Dr Samuel Mansell

BA (Hons) MSc PhD

Lecturer in Business Ethics

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2809

Teaching 2017-2018

  • MN5513 Ethics, Organisations and Management
  • MN2002 Management and Analysis
  • ID1004 Great Ideas II

Sam Mansell is on research leave during Semester 2.


Samuel joined the School of Management at the University of St Andrews in September 2010. Prior to this he was based at the University of Essex where he studied Accounting & Management (BA, 2000-03) and Finance & Management (MSc, 2003-04) with the aim of a lucrative career in corporate finance. The chance discovery of philosophy led him towards a more contemplative vocation; so he began a PhD in 2004 researching philosophical questions in business ethics (under the supervision of Steffen Böhm and Harro Höpfl). He completed his thesis in 2009, entitled A Critique of Stakeholder Theory, while working for two years as a Lecturer at Essex Business School.

Research interests

Samuel's research interests are in business ethics and political philosophy. He has published primarily on the purpose of the business corporation and the ethical claims of stakeholder and shareholder theorists. He is presently researching how the corporation has been theorised in the history of political thought, especially in the medieval and early modern periods, and how such theories might inform understandings of corporate responsibility today.


Other research activities

Co-editor (with Prof John Ferguson, Dr Avia Pasternak and Dr David Gindis) of a special issue of Journal of Business Ethics on ‘Rethinking Corporate Agency in business, politics and philosophy’, forthcoming in 2018. 

Co-organiser (with Dr Liz Ashford) of Corporate Agency and Shared Responsibility, a conference co-hosted by the School of Management and Department of Moral Philosophy, 2 to 4 November, 2015.  Keynote speaker: Philip Pettit.

Co-organiser (with Dr John Desmond and Prof Paul Hibbert) of a workshop on Responsible Management Education, School of Management, University of St Andrews, 5 May, 2015.

Co-editor (with Dr Michal Izak and Prof Ted Fuller) of a special issue of Futures on ‘Futures of Capitalism’, published April 2015.

Organiser of the 2nd St Andrews Conference on Ethics, Sustainability and Accountability, School of Management, University of St Andrews, 22 to 23 July, 2014.

Organiser of the Inaugural Conference on Ethics, Sustainability and Accountability, School of Management, University of St Andrews, 15 to 16 July, 2013.