Dr. Patricia Kanashiro


Associate Professor of International Business


Sellinger Hall 402


Dr. Patricia Kanashiro teaches strategic management, international business and sustainability management in the Sellinger School of Business. Her research investigates sustainability strategy and sustainability in higher 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 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 for Business and 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

Refereed Journals

  • Starik, M. & Kanashiro, P. (2020). Advancing a multi-level sustainability management theory. In Wasieleski D. & Weber, J. (editors), Business and Society 360: Sustainability, Emerald Publishing.
  • Kanashiro, P. Rands, G. & Starik, M. (2020). Walking the sustainability talk: If not us, who? If not now, when? Journal of Management Education (forthcoming). 
    ABDC: B
  • Kanashiro, P. (2020) Can environmental governance lower toxic emissions? A panel study of the U.S. high-polluting industries. (2020). Business Strategy and the Environment (forthcoming).  IF: 6.4; ABDC: A
  • Kanashiro, P., Sadao, E. Souza, C. & Dias, S. (2020). Teaching sustainability in management education: A Biggs’ 3P model approach. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 21(4): 671-684. IF: 1.4
  • Kanashiro, P. (2019). United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Reflections and solutions from management education. Administração: Ensino e Pesquisa 20(3). 
    Indexed by EBSCO, SPELL, ProQuest, and Web of Science
    Kanashiro, P. & Rivera, J. (2019). Do Chief Sustainability Officers make companies greener? The moderating role of regulatory pressures. Journal of Business Ethics, 155 (3):687-701. Financial Times Top 50; IF: 3.8; ABDC: A
  • Starik, M., Kanashiro, P., & Collins, E. (2017). Sustainability management textbooks: Potentially necessary, but probably not sufficient. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16(3): 503-506. IF: 3.3, ABDC: A*
  • Kanashiro, P. & Rivera, J. (2017). Environmental performance: The role of the Chief Sustainability Officer in High-Pressure Context. Academy of Management Proceedings, 26(1).
  • Kanashiro, P., & Starik, M. (2016). A Brazilian case study in efforts at the base of the pyramid. Business Horizons, 59(5): 471-479.
    IF: 2.8, ABDC: B
  • Starik, M. & Kanashiro, P. (2013). Toward a sustainability management theory: Uncovering and integrating the nearly obvious. Organization & Environment, 26(1):7-30.
    IF: 8.5, ABDC: A

Refereed Books and Book Chapters 

  • Starik, M. & Kanashiro, P. Faculty Personal Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing (under contract). 
  • Starik, M. & Kanashiro, P. (2020). Advancing a multi-level sustainability management theory. In Wasieleski D. & Weber, J. (editors), Business and Society 360: Sustainability, Emerald Publishing. 
  • 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.

Grants and Awards

  • Loyola Summer Research (2018, 2020): $4,000 each year
  • Loyola High-Impact Practices Faculty Fellows: $2,000
  • 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)

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair of the Membership and Nominating Committee of the Academy of Management (AOM), Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) division
  • Editorial board member of Organization & Environment (IF: 8.5)
  • Member of the Fulbright Association