Summer Research Grants

ICR is committed to supporting research by awarding summer research grants each summer to many faculty and doctoral students across a wide range of disciplines. ICR engages faculty members and doctoral students across the university in multi-disciplinary research in topics related to corporate responsibility.

Grant Recipients

2011 and 2010 Multi Year Research Grant Recipients

  • Suzanne McCoskey, Assistant Professor – Women’s Leadership Program, Department of Economics. “The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and Liberia’s Civil Conflict 1989-2003.”
  • Eun-Hee Kim, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy. “What Drives the Rising Uptake of Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Generation by Investor-Owned Electric Utilities in the US?”
  • Rafel Lucea, Assistant Professor of International Business. “Rules of Engagement: NGO-MNE Partnership Governance and International Expansion.”
  • Mark Klock, Professor of Finance. “Ethics and Regulation of Securities Markets.”

Suzanne McCoskey, Assistant Professor – Women’s Leadership Program, Department of Economics. “The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and Liberia’s Civil Conflict 1989-2003.”

My current research revolves around the history of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Liberia. The company first invested in Liberia in 1926 and has been operating a rubber plantation almost continually since. Of special interest is the impact of Firestone both on the civil conflict in Liberia and in creating post-conflict business norms. During the conflict, Firestone implicitly cooperated with first rebel, then president, Charles Taylor, a fact which has been discussed by Liberia’s recently released “Truth and Reconciliation Report” and its section on economic crimes. Post-conflict, Firestone has been balancing its own interests with those of the newly elected government of President Johnson Sirleaf and international NGOs to create norms for “post-conflict corporate social responsibility.”

Suzanne McCoskey, Assistant Professor – Women’s Leadership Program, Department of Economics.

Dr. McCoskey joined the faculty at the the George Washington University in the Fall of 2007. From August 1997-May 2005 she was a member of the Economics Department faculty at the US Naval Academy, first as Assistant and then Associate Professor. In 2000, she went to the University of Pretoria as a Fulbright Scholar and taught in their PhD and master’s programs in econometrics. She also served as an international economist (instructor) at the Foreign Service Institute (US State Department) from May 2005 to May 2007. Dr. McCoskey is an Oberlin graduate and spent two years, 1990-1992, teaching English at Yunnan University in the People’s Republic of China. Her current research interest is foreign investment and conflict in Liberia.

Eun-Hee Kim, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy. “What Drives the Rising Uptake of Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Generation by Investor-Owned Electric Utilities in the US?”

This project asks what drives the rising uptake of non-hydro renewable electricity generation by U.S. investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs). Historically, IOUs generated their electricity mostly from traditional sources such as coal and nuclear. Renewable electricity, if any, typically came from hydro sources, one of the cheapest electricity generation options. Since 2000, however, IOUs have significantly increased investments in non-hydro renewables. From 2000 to 2007, for example, IOUs collectively increased their wind capacity by 2,680% and their solar capacity by 140%. During the same period, independent power producers (IPPs), currently primary producers of non-hydro renewable electricity, increased their renewable capacity substantially less. IPPs increased their wind capacity by 529% and solar capacity by 20%. This project aims to understand the disproportionately large increase in non-hydro renewable capacity by IOUs.

Eun-Hee Kim, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy.

Eun-Hee Kim’s research interests include corporate governance, green strategy, energy and sustainability, and business and government. Her co-authored paper titled “Strategic Environmental Disclosure: Evidence from the DOE‟s Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Registry” is forthcoming in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and has been featured on Forbes.com. Another co-authored work titled “The Carbon Disclosure Project” is forthcoming in the book titled Handbook of Innovations in Transnational Governance edited by Thomas Hale and David Held. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy at the George Washington University School of Business. She obtained a PhD degree from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan in 2009.

Rafel Lucea, Assistant Professor of International Business. “Rules of Engagement: NGO-MNE Partnership Governance and International Expansion.”

Rafel LuceaAssistant Professor of International Business.

Mark Klock, Professor of Finance. “Ethics and Regulation of Securities Markets.”

I describe how legal changes that took place in the regulation of securities markets during the 1990s led to a culture of poor ethical decision making by accountants, auditors, bankers and lawyers that contributed to major recent financial scandals.  I suggest legal changes to reverse the decline in ethical behavior in the financial sector.

Mark KlockProfessor of Finance.
ABA in political science, The Pennsylvania State University; PhD in economics, Boston College; JD, University of Maryland. I have been on the faculty of GWSB since 1987. I have also taught at Boston College, University of Baltimore, and Penn State. I have authored more than 40 journal articles in economics, law and finance. In addition to my faculty appointment at GWSB, I serve on the executive board of the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at the GW School of Law.

2010 One Year Research Grant Award Recipients

  • Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs. “Investing in Peace and Development: The Process of Diaspora Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
  • Pete Tashman, PhD Student, School of Busineses. “How Corporate Climate Change Adaptations Influence Corporate Environmental Performance: A Longitudinal Study in the U.S. Ski Resort Industry.”
  • Saurabh Lall, PhD Student, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. “Entrepreneurial Approaches to Sustainable Development: Aligning Incentives, Measuring Outcomes.”
  • Mark Heuer, Adjunct Faculty, Strategic Management and Public Policy. “Sustainability Governance Across Time and Space:  Connecting Environmental Stewardship in the Firm with Global Community.”
  • Chao Wei, Assistant Professor of Economics. “A Stochastic Discrete Analysis of Scrapping Subsidies.”
  • Srividya Jandhyala, Assistant Professor of International Business and International Affairs. “Commitments to Global Initiatives: Empty Promises or Good Practices?”
  • Medlir Mema, PhD Candidate, Graduate Research Fellow-Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. “The Greening of Human Rights: NGOs and Climate Change.”
  • Smita Trivedi, PhD Candidate, Strategic Management and Public Policy. “Ethical Employee Behavior through Trust Network Embeddedness.”
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, PhD Candidate, Political Science. “Doing the Right Thing: Perceptions of Ethical Problems and the Social Legitimacy of Multi-national Corporations.”
  • Senay Agca, Associate Professor of Finance. “Credit Market Reforms and Corporate Borrowing Costs in Emerging Markets.”
  • Patricia Kanashiro, PhD Candidate, Strategic Management and Public Policy. “Corporate Environmental Strategy: A Corporate Governance Perspective.”
  • Javier Ayala, PhD Candidate, Finance. “What Attributes of Corporate Governance are Relevant to Bondholders?”