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 institutional theory, social movements theory and stakeholder theory to examine this issue in the context of corporate social responsibility. For example, my recent research (with Shon Hiatt
, in Administrative Science Quarterly
) uses data on the U.S. hydroelectric power sector to show that entrepreneurs benefit when regulators have greater discretion to make regulatory decisions. Other research (with Shon Hiatt and Brandon Lee
, 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.