Business & Society / si
journal of business ethics/si
sage enc leadership st (forth)
Review of accounting studies (forth)
M. Barnett, V. Dimitrov & F. Gao. (forth). The nail that sticks out: Corporate social responsibility and shareholder proposals. Review of Accounting Studies.
We investigate whether shareholders consider CSR performance when submitting proxy proposals. We find that shareholders are more likely to propose governance changes when a firm has more CSR strengths and more CSR concerns. The results hold across popular proposal types, different sponsors, and different categories of CSR. We find similar results for social proposals. Although CSR strengths and concerns are not associated with the percentage of votes received in favor of a proposal, the higher likelihood of receiving shareholder proposals translates into a higher likelihood that at least one shareholder proposal receives majority support at the meeting. Our results suggest managers may avoid distinctively strong (and weak) CSR performance to reduce the costs of standing out.
organization science (forth)
OrgANIZATION STUDIES 2022
rutgers business review 2022
M. L. Barnett. 2022. Questions and Unanswers About Social Innovation. Rutgers Business Review, 7(2): 95-101.
The Questions and Unanswers About Social Innovation seminar series brings
together scholars from around the world to debate important issues about
social innovation. This special issue codifies and extends several debates from
the inaugural series. Consistent with the seminar format, each paper in this
special issue addresses a question of importance to social innovation, presents
opposing answers, then identifies contingencies that cause variation in the
focal relationship, and closes with insights on how to integrate these seemingly
divergent perspectives in order to move the field forward by asking better
EDWARD ELGAR PUB. 2022
M. L. Barnett, I. Henriques & B. Husted. 2022. Salvaging corporate sustainability: Going beyond the business case. Edward Elgar.
In this book, we three scholars, spread across three countries, integrate our three decades of work to develop a three-dimensional view of sustainability that moves beyond "business & society", toward business, government, & society.
St. mgt: state of the field 2021
stanford social inn rvw 2021
aom perspectives 2021
M. L. Barnett, I. Henriques & B. Husted. 2021. Family matters? The effects of size and proximity in the digital age. Academy of Management Perspectives, 35: 556-561.
This is our counterpoint to a "point" about the relevance of size and proximity in understanding stakeholder influence in the digital age, relative to our 2020 AMP on the rise & stall of stakeholder influence. It suggests a few new research directions, but overall, we think that both size and proximity fit within our published model.
Journal of management 2020
Are CSR initiatives providing the societal good that they promise? We review 6,254 articles addressing CSR performance published in the past 50 years. None demonstrated that CSR initiatives achieved their ultimate intended impact. To help firms do better at doing better, scholars need to focus on impact evaluation.
rutgers business review 2020
This is the introduction to a special issue I guest edited, containing ten great articles (freely available at rbr.business.rutgers.edu) on various aspects of corporate social innovation. I review and synthesize them, and I chart a path forward for CSI by identifying its five component parts: invention, innovation, intrapreneurship, integration, and impact.
aom perspectives 2020
The digital age was supposed to democratize corporate control. It didn't. We explain why stakeholders have not increased their influence over firm behavior in the internet age, despite (and because of) the ease of sharing information.
business & society 2019
For decades, across thousands of studies, we've shown that it pays to be good. Right? Wrong. We've shown that it pays to not piss off those who have power over you. We haven't shown that it pays to help the powerless & needy of society. We've been doing it wrong. This is a call to do it right, and to see if it really does pay to be good.