Firm Size’s Impact on Organizational Learning: A Case Study of Waste and Production Efficiency in Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Industry

May 21, 2019 • White Paper
Author(s): Tara Nath

An understanding of organizational learning provides insights into how companies evolve and remain competitive in an ever-changing environment. Companies in the Oil Field Services & Equipment (OFSE) sector have to operate under constantly squeezing profit margins while handling environmental concerns from local communities where they operate. More

Microfoundations of Corporate Social Responsibility and Irresponsibility

December 22, 2018 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Olga Hawn

This study examines the importance of social perception of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and irresponsibility (CSI). Drawing from the social psychology literature on stereotypes, we argue that two fundamental dimensions of social perception—warmth and competence—help understand the underlying processes and conditions under which CSR leads to specific outcomes. More

Ensuring Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility through Vertical Integration and Horizontal Sourcing

June 01, 2018 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Vinayak Deshpande

In recent years, several corporate social and environmental responsibility (CSER) violations have come under public scrutiny. Daily Mail (2011) revealed that workers in Nike's Taiwanese-operated overseas plant were only paid 50 cents per hour, and were mentally and physically abused by their supervisors. More

2017 FoodCon

March 27, 2018 • Conference Proceeding

The agriculture industry in North Carolina (including food, fiber and forestry), contributes around $70 billion to the state’s economy. From farms, processing, wholesale and retail distribution, to the table, there is much to discuss and learn. More

The New Regulator in Town: The Effect of Walmart’s Sustainability Mandate on Supplier Performance

March 01, 2018 • Working Paper

Suppliers are increasingly being forced by dominant retailers to clean up their supply chains. These retailers argue that their sustainability mandates may translate into profits for suppliers, but many suppliers are cynical about these mandates because the onus to undertake the required investments is on them while potential gains may be usurped by the mandating retailer. We examine whether supplier fears are justified by studying the impact of Walmart’s sustainability mandate on its suppliers’ (short-term) shareholder value. More

Is Servicization a Win-Win Strategy? Profitability and Environmental Implications of Servicization

January 01, 2018 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Vinayak Deshpande

There has been a structural economic shift to services from manufacturing in the US and other advanced industrial countries over the last century. While the contribution of manufacturing to the US economy has shrunk, the contribution of the service sector has increased by over 200% in the post-1950 era (White et al. 1999). A recent report of the US Department of Commerce (April 2013) shows that the service sector comprises 80.3% of the US GDP (US Department of Commerce 2013). Services also now constitute more than 80% of the US employment (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013). More

Do Investors Actually Value Sustainability? New Evidence from Investor Reactions to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)

August 25, 2017 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Olga Hawn

Research exploring investor reactions to sustainability has substantial empirical limitations, which we address with a large-scale longitudinal financial event study of the first global sustainability index, DJSI World. We examine investor reactions to firms from 27 countries over 17 years that are added, deleted, or continue on the index. More

Redefining the Strategy Field in the Age of Sustainability

July 24, 2016 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Olga Hawn

We examine how the strategy field is defined in the literature and find that most conceptualizations focus on financial metrics as measures of performance and only provide guidance on the strategic management of a corporation’s economic context. More

Mind the Gap: The Interplay Between External and Internal Actions in the Case of Corporate Social Responsibility

September 09, 2015 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Olga Hawn

We explore the effect of the interplay between a firm’s external and internal actions on performance in the context of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Drawing from the neo-institutional theory, we argue that external and internal CSR actions jointly contribute to the accumulation of intangible firm resources and therefore are associated with better performance. More

Corporate Social Initiatives and Employee Retention

April 20, 2015 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Michelle Rogan

Firms are increasingly launching initiatives with explicit social mandates. Often the business case for these initiatives is justified through one critical aspect of human capital management: employee retention. More

(When) Do Organizations Have Social Capital?

August 03, 2014 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Michelle Rogan

Interorganizational relationships connect people affiliated with organizations rather than corporate actors themselves. The managers and owners of organizations therefore do not always control these connections and consequently often cannot profit from them. We discuss the circumstances under which individuals own these relationships. More