Research


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

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

Partnering for Mutual Success: DaimlerChrysler – POEMAtec Alliance

July 24, 2014 • Cases

In 1991, POEMA approached DaimlerChrysler (at the time Daimler-Benz AG) and its Brazilian subsidiary, Mercedes- Benz do Brasil in São Paulo with a proposal to conduct research on substituting synthetic inputs with natural fibers for interior car parts. More

ABN AMRO’s Real Microcredito: A Multinational Bank’s Entry into the Microcredit Market

September 16, 2013 • Cases

ABN AMRO focuses on three principal customer segments: Consumer & Commercial Clients, Wholesale Clients and Private Clients & Asset Management. Its stated objective is to maximize the value of each of these businesses as well as the synergies between them. More

Procter & Gamble’s PUR Purifier of Water: How Global Corporate Philanthropy Builds Shareholder Value

December 01, 2009 • Cases

Established in 1837, the Procter & Gamble Company began as a small, family-operated soap and candle company in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2010, P&G marketed over 300 brands including Tide, Always, Crest, Braun, Charmin, Duracell, Folgers, Gillette, Pampers, Pringles, Tide, and Wella. With over 135,000 employees working in over 80 countries worldwide, P&G was the world's largest consumer products company with over $80 billion in sales. More