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Helen Mussell

Dr Helen Mussell

Lecturer in Organizational Studies
Director of Online Learning

Cardiff Business School

+44 29206 88841
Aberconway Building, Room C52, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Helen is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Organizational Studies in the Management, Employment, and Organization section, and the Director of Online Learning for Cardiff Business School. Prior to joining Cardiff, Helen was Director of the Master's in Sustainability Leadership at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge.

Helen completed her BA (Hons) in Women’s Studies at Lancaster University, and holds an MPhil and PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she was Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust Scholar (2012-2016).

She is an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, and an alumna of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her recent publication 'Theorising the Fiduciary: Ontology and Ethics' in Journal of Business Ethics (2023) was awarded the Gavin C Reid Best Paper prize 2022 by the Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School.

Her highly interdisciplinary work focuses on organizational ethics, including fiduciary duty, trust, and power in organizations. Helen is published in philosophy (ethics, epistemology, and ontology), heterodox economics, business and feminist ethics, and social psychology. She is published in leading journals including Business Ethics Quarterly and Journal of Business Ethics. Prior to her academic career, Helen worked in industry, in sectors including media, publishing, and consultancy, where she engaged with organizational culture issues regarding gender, leadership, and management in the workplace.

Helen also acts as a Specialist Advisor with Principia Advisory supporting executive leadership teams and Boards on ethical practice, focussing on the ethical implications of fiduciary duties, including issues relating to interpretations of responsibilities of trusteeships from an ethical perspective.     












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My research focusses on organizational ethics, including fiduciary duty, trust, and power in organizations, and includes ethics in finance. I am interested in epistemic virtues and vices in organizational contexts, and how certain economic interpretations of key concepts affect organizational behaviour.

I am a member of the Cambridge Social Ontology Group (

A monograph, Ontology, Relational Ethics, & Corporations is currently in production and forthcoming in Spring 2024, published by Palgrave Macmillan on their Philosophy and Religion list.



I am module leader and teacher of Organizational Behaviour (BST612) on the Executive MBA programme, and of International Management (BST446) on the MSc in International Management.

I also hold an academic leadership role as Director of Online Learning for Cardiff Business School.


Potential PhD candidates interested in the following areas of research are welcome to contact me:

  • Organizational Ethics (including Ethics of Care)
  • Applied feminist philosophy in organizational contexts
  • Epistemic vices and organizations
  • Social ontological approach to studying organizations