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Assistant professor, Administrative Studies, York University, Canada

David Weitzner is at heart a philosopher who briefly became a music industry executive and has since spent nearly two decades in business schools, evolving into a professor of management who advocates for co-creation, not management.

David is an assistant professor of management at York University. His education includes a PhD in Strategy and Ethics, as well as an MBA in Arts and Media Management and a BA in Philosophy. He is the author of Connected Capitalism: How Jewish Wisdom Can Transform Work (hardcover and e-book University of Toronto Press/audio version Penguin Random House), a finalist for the 2021 INDIES Book of the Year Award, and Fifteen Paths: How to Tune out Noise, Turn on Imagination and Find Wisdom (ECW).

David’s research focuses on the intersection of business ethics and strategy, leading to publication in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals and collections including: Academy of Management Review; The SAGE Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society; Organization Studies; Journal of Business Ethics; SAGE Issues in Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility; Springer Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics; Journal of Management Inquiry.

David co-edited Corporate Social Responsibility (Routledge) and co-authored Strategic Management: Creating Competitive Advantages (McGraw-Hill Ryerson). He has presented at a host of prestigious international conferences, including the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, Business Ethics Society, Trans-Atlantic Business Ethics Conference, Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum co-sponsored by the UN Global Compact and the Business Ethics and the Global Credit Crisis Conference.

His work has appeared in popular media outlets like The Forward, Tablet Magazine, Spirituality and Health, Quillette, The Financial Post Business Magazine, The National Post and He writes the Managing with Meaning blog for Psychology Today.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant professor of management , York University


  • 2021
    Connected Capitalism, University of Toronto Press
  • 2019
    Why the time has come to retire instrumental stakeholder theory, Academy of Management Review
  • 2019
    Fifteen Paths, ECW Press
  • 2015
    Understanding motivation and social influence in stakeholder prioritization, Organization Studies