10th Annual
Strategy and the Business Environment Conference

May 7-8, 2010

Northwestern University
James L. Allen Center
2169 North Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

This high profile conference brings together scholars interested in integrating business environment issues and business strategy. Conference presentations will explore the interrelationships between the business strategies of firms and the social, legal, and political environment in which they operate and will span a wide range of research perspectives and methodologies including formal theoretical modeling, quantitative research drawing upon historical or archival data, surveys, or publicly available data, and qualitative research.

For more information or to register, please contact:
Denita Linnertz
Phone 847-491-5131
Email: Send an email

Keynote speaker announced!
Welcome William R. (Bill) Blackburn to the conference events.
Click below for an updated conference schedule with Mr. Blackburn's bio.

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Friday, May 7

Noon – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00 -1:05 Welcome
Daniel Diermeier -Conference Chair, Kellogg School of Management

1:05 - 2:30 Session 1

“Government Advertising and Media Coverage of Corruption Scandals”
Rafael Di Tella and Ignacio Franceschelli

“Firms, Activists and Public Policies: Lobbying Through Information Production”
Olivier Cadot, Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Jose Anson

Discussant: Sven Feldmann (University of Melbourne)


2:45 – 4:15 Session 2

Regulatory Arbitrage: Do Store Openings by Wal-Mart Increase When One Crosses the Border of States with Right to Work Laws?
Paul Ingram, Lori Qingyuan Yue, Hayagreeva Rao

“Greenhouse Gas Reductions or Greenwash?: The DOE’s 1605(b) Program”
Eun-Hee Kim and Thomas P. Lyon

Discussant: Rodrigo Canales (Yale University)


4:30 – 6:00 Session 3 – Emerging Scholars

“Corporate Social Responsibility as Reputation Insurance: Theory and Evidence”
Dylan B. Minor

“What’s News? SCR and Corporate Reputation Management”
Jiao Luo, Stephan Meier, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee

“External Stakeholder engagement: Transforming Corporate Social Responsibility from Principled Rhetoric to Theoretically Grounded Practice”
Lite J. Nartey


6:00 – 6:30 Reception

6:30 – 8:30 Dinner
Keynote Speaker: William R. (Bill) Blackburn


Saturday, May 8

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 Session 4

“Redeployment of Compliance-Specific Capabilities and Renewable Energy Growth in the United States”
Adam Fremeth

“Federal Competition and Economic Growth”
John William Hatfield, Katrina Kosec

Discussant: John Maxwell (Indiana University)


10:15 – 11:45 Session 5

“Preferences, Structure and Influence: The Engineering of Consent”
Witold J. Henisz

“Reputation, Altruism, and the Benefits of Seller Charity in an Online Marketplace”
Daniel W. Elfenbein, Ray Fisman, Brian McManus

Discussant: Alison Kemper (University of Toronto)


11:45 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 2:15 Session 6

“Waiting to Imitate: On the Dynamic Pricing of Knowledge”
Emeric Henry and Carlos J. Ponce

“International Investment Strategy under Incomplete Implementation of Neoliberal Reforms.”
Srividya Jandhyala

Discussant: Minyuan Zhao (University of Michigan)


2:30p - 4:00p The 10-Year Anniversary Panel—Perspectives on Non-Market Strategy

Daniel Diermeier, Kellogg School of Management

David Baron, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Witold Henisz, Wharton School of Business
Dennis Yao, Harvard Business School