Dr Elisa Alt

Senior Lecturer, MBA Course Leader

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Marketing, Enterprise and Tourism

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Leadership and management

After a career as creative in advertising, Elisa left Brazil to start her career in academia and pursue her passion to helping business become more responsible toward society. Elisa is currently Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Planning, and does research at the intersection of strategic management, entrepreneurship, and social issues in management.

elisa.alt@anglia.ac.uk

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Background

Elisa’s research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Environmental Management. She received her PhD in Management from the University of Seville (Spain), and held visiting researcher positions at Cranfield University (UK), Fundação Dom Cabral (Brazil), and Northeastern University (USA). Prior to starting her academic career, she worked as copywriter and creativity department director in small advertising agencies in Brazil.

Research interests

  • Social intra/entrepreneurship
  • Health entrepreneurship
  • Business sustainability

In her research, Elisa looks at how the actions of individuals can enable value creation that meets societal needs. She focuses on the role of individuals in shaping strategy and innovation, and in enabling a superior form of social responsibility that goes beyond the minimisation or neutralisation of harm. Elisa is particularly interested in understanding how the actions of social intrapreneurs function as bottom-up mechanisms of corporate social innovation, which may ultimately translate into positive changes in social welfare.


Teaching

How can managers best understand their business environment? How can organisations create value for their stakeholders? These are some of the strategic management questions that Elisa explores in the classroom. Through a combination of case studies and experiential exercises, Elisa aims at enriching the student experience and empowering change agents.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Management, University of Seville (Spain)
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Management, University of Seville (Spain)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University (UK)
  • BA (Hons) in Social Communication, UNIVALI (Brazil)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Academy of Management (Organizations & the Natural Environment, Social Issues in Management, and Entrepreneurship divisions)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

Bacq, S., & Alt, E. Feeling capable and valued: A prosocial perspective on the link between empathy and social entrepreneurial intentions. Journal of Business Venturing, 33(3): 333–350. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.01.004

Alt, E., & Spitzeck, H. 2016. Improving environmental performance through unit-level organizational citizenship behaviors for the environment: A capability perspective. Journal of Environmental Management, 182: 48–58. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.07.034

Alt, E., & Craig, J. 2016. Selling issues with solutions: Igniting social intrapreneurship in for-profit organizations. Journal of Management Studies, 53(5): 794–820. DOI: 10.1111/joms.12200.

Alt, E., Díez-de-Castro, E. P., & Lloréns-Montes, F. J. 2015. Linking employee stakeholders to environmental performance: The role of proactive environmental strategies and shared vision. Journal of Business Ethics, 128(1): 167–181. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2095-x.

Spitzeck, H., & Alt, E. 2014. Intraempreendedores sociais: Como empresas podem impulsionar seu potencial. [Social intrapreneurs: How companies can foster their potential] In C. Arruda & F. Carvalho (Eds.), Inovações ambientais: Políticas públicas, tecnologias e oportunidades de negócios [Environmental innovations: Public policies, technologies, and business opportunities]: 205–230. Rio de Janeiro: Elsevier.

Practitioner publications

Bernard, M., Spitzeck, H., Árabe, M., Alt, E., Grassi, M. R., & Sant’Anna, A. S. 2014. Liderança sustentável além do líder [Sustainable leadership beyond the leader]. Fundação Dom Cabral.

Grayson, D., Spitzeck, H., Alt, E., & McLaren, M. 2013. Creating sustainable businesses through social intrapreneurism. Cranfield School of Management.

Spitzeck, H., Hansen, E. G., & Alt, E. 2011. Impactos do engajamento das empresas com seus stakeholders [Impacts of companies’ engagement with stakeholders]. Dom, 15: 28–33 [FDC Executive Education magazine].

Recent presentations and conferences

Bacq, S., & Alt, E. [author only]. 2017. Feeling capable and valued: A prosocial perspective on the link between empathy and social entrepreneurial intentions. Paper presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Norman, Oklahoma, USA.

Bacq, S., & Alt, E. [author only]. 2016. Being valued or feeling capable? Explaining why empathy inspires social entrepreneurial intentions. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, USA.

Alt, E., & Craig, J. 2015. Enacting social and commercial logics in issue selling. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, CA.

Alt, E. [author only], & Craig, J. 2014. Selling social issues in for-profit organizations. Paper presented at the Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, Boston, USA.

Alt, E., Díez-de-Castro, E. P., & Lloréns-Montes, F. J. 2014. Employees and environmental performance: The role of environmental strategies and shared vision. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA.

Alt, E., & Craig, J. 2014. Explaining social intrapreneurship: The role of issue framing, institutional logics, and resource mobilization. Paper presented at the Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference, Denver, USA.

Alt, E., & Spitzeck, H. 2013. Organizational citizenship behaviors and environmental performance. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, USA.