Adele Santana is a faculty member at the School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Leadership and Innovation, Management Strategy and Policy, Managing Sustainable Business and Leading Sustainable Enterprises. Prof. Santana received her PhD. in Strategy, Business Environment, Ethics, and Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School, her M.S. in Business Administration and MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and her B.S. in Engineering from Pontíficia Universidade Católica, Campinas, Brazil.
Her current research interests focus on the effects of industry characteristics, firm strategy and individual orientation on social sustainability. Prof. Santana’s research projects include firm strategies for the creation of shared value; the effects of managers’ orientation on business social strategy; and the process of envisioning a sustainable future. Prof. Santana’s research has been published in Business and Society, Business and Society Review, Ethics and Information Technology, and Journal of Business Ethics, as well as in edited books and book chapters. She is a member of the Academy of Management and GRONEN; she won the “2008 Best Dissertation Award” of the Academy of Management, Social Issues in Management Division.
Before entering Academia, for fourteen years Prof. Santana worked as an engineer and manager at small and large engineering firms, and as a consultant. Her consulting work focused on leader assessment and development, change management, executive training, and organizational development. Her work experience includes multinational companies such as Unilever, Coca-Cola, Philip Morris International, and British American Tobacco, and Brazilian firms such as Rede Globo (Communications); Banco do Brasil, Bradesco and Banco Itau (Banking and Financial Services); Senac-SP (Education), Natura (Cosmetics), Andrade Gutierrez Granitos (Ornamental Stones), and Votorantim Celulose e Papel (Pulp), among others.