Dr William Sun, Reader

Dr William Sun


Dr William Sun is a Reader in Management and Director of Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility (CGLGR) at Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University. He is an internationally recognised expert in corporate governance, CSR, ethical consumerism and business sustainability. 

Dr William Sun has published widely in corporate governance, CSR, ethical consumption, business sustainability, company law and transition economics, with over 70 journal papers and more than 30 authored or edited books. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Global Responsibility, and Editor-in-Chief of the book series Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability published by Emerald Group Publishing since 2010.

Current Teaching

  • Research Methodology for DBA Programme
  • The Board, the Executive and Good Governance for MSc Corporate Governance 

Research Interests

  • Corporate governance and leadership
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability
  • Ethical consumption and consumer ethics 

Dr William Sun, Reader

Selected Outputs

  • eds. Sun W; Louche C; Pérez R (2011) Finance and Sustainability: Towards a New Paradigm? A Post-Crisis Agenda. Bingley: Emerald.

  • eds. Sun W; Stewart J; Pollard D (2011) Reframing Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

  • eds. Sun W; Stewart J; Pollard D (2011) Corporate Governance and the Global Financial Crisis: International Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Sun W (2009) How to Govern Corporations So They Serve the Public Good: A Theory of Corporate Governance Emergence. New York: Edwin Mellen Press.

  • Sun W; Bellamy L (2010) Who is responsible for the financial crisis? Lessons from a Seperation Thesis. In: Sun W; Stewart J; Pollard D ed. Reframing Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons from the Global Finical Crisis. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing,

  • Sun X; Kirkbride J; Letza S; Smallman C (2008) The boundaries of corporate governance in the post-modern world. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 59 (2), pp. 161-175.

  • Sun X; Kirkbride J; Letza S; Smallman C (2008) Corporate governance theorising: limits, critics and alternatives. International Journal of Law and Management, 50 (1), pp. 17-32.


  • Kirkbride J; Letza S; Sun X (2005) Corporate Governance: Towards a Theory of Regulatory Shift. European Journal of Law and Economics, 20 pp. 57-70.


  • Letza S; Sun X; Kirkbride J (2004) Shareholding versus stakeholding: A critical review of corporate governance. Corporate Governance, 12 (3), pp. 242-262.


  • Letza SR; Smallman C; Sun X (2004) Reframing privatisation: Deconstructing the myth of efficiency. Policy Sciences, 37 (2), pp. 159-183.


  • Sun W (2011) The emergence theory of corporate governance: an alternative way of understanding corporate governance processes. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, 13 September 2011 - 15 September 2011, Aston University, Birmingham.

  • Sun, W, Bellamy, L; Whitworth, C (2008) The rationale of corporate responsibility: a critical review. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, 9 September 2008 - 11 September 2008, Harrogate, England.

  • Letza S; Kirkbride J; Sun WX; Smallman C (2007) The process of governance for sustainability. In: Corporate Responsibility Conference, 15 July 2007 - 17 July 2007, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

  • Smallman C; Sun WX; Letza S (2006) The practice and process of governance. In: Academy of Management Annual Conference, 11 August 2006 - 16 August 2006, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.