Strategy & the Business Environment Agenda

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Day 1

08:00-08:45 Check-in & Breakfast

08:45-09:00 Welcome

Paul Almeida, Dean, Georgetown University (McDonough)

09:00-10:30 Panel One

Gender Inequality, Social Movement and Company Actions: How Do Wall Street and Main Street React?
Presenter: Angie Fairchild, University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)
Discussant: Hong Luo, Harvard Business School

Controversial Corporate Political Activities and Shareholder Activism: A Natural Experiment of the U.S. Capitol Riot
Presenter: Bo Yang, University of Southern California (Marshall)
Discussant: Zhao Li, Princeton University

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Panel Two

From Political Ties to NGO Donations? The Strategic Reconfiguration of Cross-Sector Interactions
Presenter: Aline Gatignon, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Discussant: Jiao Luo, University of Minnesota (Carlson)

Acquisitions, Management, and Efficiency in Rwanda’s Coffee Industry
Presenter: Ameet Morjaria, Northwestern University (Kellogg)
Discussant: Scott Ganz, Georgetown University (McDonough)

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Panel Three

Product over Politics: Entrepreneurial Firms and Lobbying 
Presenter: Ivana Katic, Yale University
Discussant: Liz Liu, Georgetown University (McDonough)

Scientific Discourse and Lobbying
Presenter: Nicole West, University of Washington (Foster)
Discussant: John de Figueiredo, Duke University School of Law

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00-17:30 Panel Four

Foreign Influence in US Politics
Presenter: Max Miller, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Discussant: Angel Saz, ESADE

Non-Disclosure Agreements and Externalities from Silence
Presenter: Evan Starr, University of Maryland (Smith)
Discussant: Laura Boudreau, Columbia University

17:30-18:00 Reception & Business Case

The ERB Principles for Corporate Social Responsibility
Presenter: Tom Lyon (University of Michigan)

18:00-21:00 Dinner (note: limited to registered attendees)

Day 2

08:15-09:00 Breakfast

09:00-10:30 Panel Five

On Regulating A While Expecting Voluntary Performance on B: Evidence from California’s Cap-And-Trade Program?
Presenter: Aseem Kaul, University of Minnesota (Carlson)
Discussant: Tony He, Rutgers University

The Uncertainty of Sustainability Metrics
Presenter: Dylan Minor, University of California Los Angeles (Anderson)
Discussant: Michael Lenox, University of Virginia (Darden)

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Panel Six

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Competitor Lobbying and Regulatory Fines
Presenter: Benjamin Barber, IE Business School
Discussant: John Mayo, Georgetown University (McDonough)

Money and Cooperative Federalism: Evidence from EPA Civil Litigation
Presenter: Hye Young You, New York University
Discussant: Tom Lyon, University of Michigan

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Panel Seven

When to Talk Politics in Business: Theory and Experimental Evidence of Stakeholder Responses to CEO Political Activism 
Presenter: Fabrizio Dell’Acqua, Harvard Business School
Discussant: Young Hou, University of Virginia (Darden)

Polarized Corporations in the New Era of Digital Activism: Evidence from Social Media Boycotts and Employee Campaign Contributions
Presenter: Pablo Sanz, University of Michigan (Ross)
Discussant: Forrest Briscoe, Pennsylvania State University (Smeal)

15:00-15:30 Closing Reflection

15:30-17:00 Reception

Logistics and Funding


All conference papers, including materials for the two book talks, are available at the conference website: SBE Conference


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The SBE Conference acknowledges the Office of the Dean and the Center for Business and Public Policy in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University for their generous funding and support.

Program Committee

David Baron, Stanford University 

Vanessa Burbano, Columbia University

John De Figueiredo, Duke University

Caroline Flammer, Columbia University

Witold Henisz, University of Pennsylvania

Nan Jia, University of Southern California

Aseem Kaul, University of Minnesota

Liz Liu, Georgetown University

Jiao Luo, University of Minnesota

Tom Lyon, University of Michigan 

Jeffrey Macher, Georgetown University

John Mayo, Georgetown University

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, University of Pennsylvania 

David Primo, University of Rochester

Dennis Quinn, Georgetown University

Brian Roberts, University of Texas at Austin

Ken Shotts, Stanford University 

Timothy Werner, University of Texas at Austin

Dennis Yao, Harvard University

Lori Yue, Columbia University