My research agenda explores how established firms and new ventures influence and are influenced by external stakeholders (government, social movement organizations, the media, consumers, local communities). I draw on stakeholder theory, institutional theory and the resource-based view to examine this issue in the context of corporate social responsibility.  For example, my research (with Shon Hiatt and Brandon Lee, forthcoming in Organization Science) uses data on U.S. petroleum companies to show how different tactics employed by social movement activists differentially affected firms’ internal and external responses. My dissertation chapters extend this line of research and examine how firms’ success is affected by the interaction of different regulatory conditions and social movement pressures.   

Methodologically, I utilize large archival data sets, surveys, and case studies.  


Published Articles, Chapters and Proceedings:

Hiatt, S., Grandy, J. & Lee, B. Organizational Responses to Public and Private Politics: An Analysis of Climate Change Activists and U.S. Oil and Gas Firms. Organization Science 26(6): 1769-1786.

Hiatt, S. & Grandy, J. 2015 Book Review: From social movement to moral market: How circuit riders sparked an I.T. revolution and created a technology market by P. McInerney. Organization Studies, 36(6): pp. 831-834.

Hiatt, S. & Grandy, J. 2014. Institutional Uncertainty as Public Politics: Climate Change Hearings and New Technology Development. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 2014.

Broadbent, C, Grandy, J. & Berrens, R. 2010. Testing for Hypothetical Bias in a Choice Experiment: Valuing Riparian Forest Restoration on the Middle Rio Grande. International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics, 19:1-19.

Brookshire, D., Brand, A., Thacher, J., Dixon, M., Stromberg, J., Lansey, K., Goodrich, D., McIntosh, M., Grandy, J., Stewart, S. & Izon, G. 2007. Integrated Modeling and Ecological Valuation: Application in the Semi-Arid Southwest. Proceedings of EPA Valuation for Environmental Policy: Ecological Benefits.

Papers Under Review, Working Papers and Works in Progress:

“Regulatory Discretion and New Venture Outcomes: An Examination of the U.S. Hydroelectric Power Sector, 1970-2014” (Job Market Paper).

“Fighting on Two Fronts: Entrepreneurship in Regulated Environments” Revising manuscript

“Organizational Prerequisites of Exploration and Exploitation: A New Typology of Organizational Forms” with Paul Adler, and Charles Heckscher. Revising manuscript

“Technology-Based Approaches for Collaborative Problem-Solving: A Comparative Case Analysis” with Peter Robertson. Revising manuscript

“Political Structures and the Pattern of Stakeholder Activism: Regulatory Discretion and External Stakeholder Opposition to U.S. Hydroelectric Facilities.” Analyzing data

“Environmental Capabilities and Stakeholder Scrutiny: New Venture Performance in Industries with Socially Undesirable Inputs” Collecting data

“From Legitimation to Differentiation: Strategic Decertification in the U.S. Organic Dairy Industry” Collecting data