Dr. Patricia Kanashiro


Assistant Professor of International Business


Sellinger Hall 418


Dr. Patricia Kanashiro is an Assistant Professor in the department of International Business and Management. Her research investigates corporate strategy and sustainability and has recently been published in top journals including Journal of Business Ethics and Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Dr. Kanashiro was awarded a two-year Fulbright scholarship to pursue her master in International Development at the University of Pittsburgh. She received a master in Economics and a doctoral degree in Strategic Management and Public Policy and from the George Washington University.

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Kanashiro worked for more than 15 years in the private sector. Among her most exciting career experiences, she served as a Corporate Social Responsibility manager at ABN AMRO Bank (acquired by Santander Bank), Corporate Governance Proxy Analyst at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), and Program Coordinator at Ethos Institute of Social Responsibility. Dr. Kanashiro is a sansei (third generation from Okinawa, Japan) born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and two boys

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Public Policy, The George Washington University

M.S. in Economics, The George Washington University

M.A. in International Development, University of Pittsburgh

B.B.A, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo – Fundação Getulio Vargas

Representative Publications

Starik, M., Kanashiro, P. & Collins, E. (2017). Sustainability Management Textbooks: Potentially Necessary, But Probably Not Sufficient. Academy of Management Learning & Education doi:10.5465/amle.2017.0188
Kanashiro, P
. & Rivera, J. (2017). Do Chief Sustainability Officers Make Companies Greener? The Moderating Role of Regulatory Pressures. Journal of Business Ethics doi: 10.1007/s10551-017-3461-2
Kanashiro, P., & Starik, M. (2016). A Brazilian Case Study in Efforts at the Base of the Pyramid. Business Horizons, 59(5).
Kanashiro, P.
(2014). Response to Jack London: An Alternative View on the Social Responsibility of Business in Fort, T. (editor), The Vision of the Firm: Its Governance, Obligations, and Aspirations, West Academic Publishing: St. Paul, p. 309-316.
Starik, M. & Kanashiro, P. (2013). Toward a Sustainability Management Theory: Uncovering and Integrating the Nearly Obvious. Organization & Environment, 26(1).


Academy of Management (AOM), Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division, Outstanding Service Award (2016)

George Washington University Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award, Nominated for best Graduate Teaching Assistant (2013)

George Washington University Sustainability Institute, dissertation award:  $10,000 (2010)

Fulbright scholarship to pursue a two-year master program (2003-05)