2008 Faculty Pioneers


2008 Finalists

Jennifer Howard-Grenville is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. Jennifer's research focuses on the challenges companies face, and the change processes they undergo, when adopting superior environmental practices. She takes a unique approach, using close observation of work itself to generate an in-depth understanding of how corporate cultures, routines, and norms can enable and constrain change around environmental issues. This perspective complements and extends work that looks primarily at the external drivers of environmental performance. Her nine-month, in-depth study of a major semiconductor manufacturer has been cited by other researchers as a timely and thoughtful analysis of how the inner workings of a company shape its environmental actions. The findings from this study are portrayed in her recently published book (Corporate Culture and Environmental Practice: Making Change in a High-Tech Manufacturer; 2007) as well as a number of articles published in top management journals. Jennifer is author of 8 peer reviewed articles, 8 book chapters or essays, and author or editor of 3 books. While her primary empirical focus has been on company's environmental actions, her research insights have made significant contributions to mainstream conversations in organization theory around routines, issue-selling, and culture.


Nirja Mattoo has over 25 years of experience of working in the social sector . She has worked as a Social Development specialist with leading national (Indian Council of Social Welfare & CASP) and global (Aga Khan Organization & Plan International) social

organisations steering projects on key issues (HIV/AIDS, women empowerment, youth development) across sectors (Health, Education, Disability). This track record led her to be deeply involved in Policy formulation on developmental issues at the state, (member of Adoption Board High Court of Maharashtra State ) and national, (Member of Planning commission of India , Voluntary cell) levels. As an Executive Director with CASP, a national NGO and in partnership with 50 NGOs and DFID, Nirja was involved with the HIV/AIDS Program in Gujarat State .


Ana Maria Paredo is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and International Business in the Faculty of Business at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Peredo's intense engagement with the challenges of bringing well-being to impoverished rural communities began with experiences in her native Peru . Her work as a journalist producing reports on poverty for television and for one of Peru's leading dailies took her to the Andes, and later, as a worker with various UN and European development agencies, she was involved in rural development projects in several communities, with a principal responsibility for the design of micro-credit and income generation projects for Andean women. Graduate studies in Anthropology and in Management Studies immersed her once again in these communities, and deepened her sense of what they were sometimes able to create for themselves out of the resources they possess in their culture and traditions.
Scott Sonenshein is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University. Sonenshein's research integrates micro organizational behavior, behavioral ethics and social change perspectives to examine how to make employees more effective at successfully addressing social and ethical issues. His recent article in the Academy of Management Journal and another forthcoming article in Organization Science examine how advocates for social change use language strategies to reframe the meaning of social and ethical issues at work to effectively get organizations to engage with and provide resources to address these issues. Sonenshein's current work investigates the psychological and sociological mechanisms that allow advocates of climate change to persevere and endure in the face of severe challenges to become “sustainable environmentalists”.
Mark Starik is the Department Chair and a Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy in the George Washington University School of Business. He researches, teaches, and advises organizations and individuals in the areas of Strategic Environmental Management, Environmental and Energy Policy, Environmental Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Communities and Organizations. He is also interested in the connections among the fields of strategic management, business and public policy (including civil society), and sustainability, both domestically and internationally.

John Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. Sterman's research centers on improving managerial decision making in complex systems. He has pioneered the development of "management flight simulators" of corporate and economic systems. These flight simulators are now used by corporations and universities around the world. His recent research ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to experimental studies assessing public understanding of global climate change.

Ann Tenbrunsel is a Professor in the department of management at Mendoza College of Business at The University of Notre Dame and the Arthur F. and Mary J. O'Neil Codirector of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide.  Her research interests focus on the psychology of ethical decision-making, with her dissertation on this topic winning the State Farm Dissertation Award.  Her work in this area has focused partially on the situational factors that lead to unethical decision-making, including the role that temptation, uncertainty, power and sanctions play in the ethical decision-making process. More recently, she has explored the process of ethical fading, arguing that individuals often make unethical decisions because the ethical aspects of the decision are hidden to the decision maker. She has also examined the role that organizations play in promoting unethical decisions, including the influence of formal and informal systems.

Siri Terjesen, from the Max Planck Institute of Economics' Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy group, has made substantial contributions in research, teaching, practice and policy. Dr. Terjesen's research lies at the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategy, including new venture processes and the impact of entrepreneurship on economic development in developing countries. Extending her recently-published research on the role of innovation, human capital and context-driven strategy in facilitating social entrepreneurship success in rural India (a World Bank project), Siri is currently examining institutional barriers to female entrepreneurship in ten Latin American countries for the United Nations University-WIDER. Dr. Terjesen's research is published in leading international journals and books and featured in the popular press around the world.


Peter Tufano is the Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Financial Management at Harvard Business School , and serves as the school's Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs.  He has previously served as the Director of Faculty Development and Unit Head of the Finance Unit at HBS. His research and course development focuses on mutual funds, corporate financial engineering, and consumer finance. Tufano's mutual fund research covers a wide range of topics. He has studied the determinants of fund flows, fund governance, competition, fund distribution channels, fund regulations, fund accounting, and the global fund industry. This work has been published in the Journal of Finance , the Journal of Financial Economics, and elsewhere.





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