Joel Gehman

Joel Gehman
Lindner-Gambal Chair of Business Ethics; Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy
Strategic Management & Public Policy
Funger Hall
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
[email protected]

Joel Gehman is professor of strategic management and public policy and the Lindner-Gambal Chair of Business Ethics at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). 

He studies sustainability, innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship. In particular, he investigates how grand challenges related to sustainability and values affect organizational strategies, technology innovation, and institutional arrangements. And reciprocally, how organizations, innovation and institutions affect the emergence and trajectories of grand challenges. 

In approaching these questions, Gehman draws primarily on organization theory, together with insights from strategic management, and science and technology studies. His work also takes a process perspective, focusing on the organization of concerns over place and time. 

He is the investigator, co-investigator or recipient of more than $5 million in research funding. His ongoing research examines these issues in the context of technology entrepreneurship, B Corporations, sustainable food and wine, unconventional shale gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing patents, shareholder activism, multinational divestitures, social license to operate, and cultural understandings of risk, among others.

Before becoming a professor, Gehman spent 13 years in industry. He regularly advises and consults with diverse organizations. He graduated from Cornell University (B.S.) and the Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.).

  • Journal of Business Venturing, Field Editor
  • Organization Theory, Associate Editor
  • Academy of Management Journal, Editorial Board Member
  • Administrative Science Quarterly, Editorial Board Member
  • Innovation: Organization and Management, Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Management Inquiry, Editorial Board Member
  • Organization Studies, Editorial Board Member
  • Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta, Board Member
  • B Academics, Cofounder, Vice President and Board Member
  • 2018 Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management
  • 2017 Emerging Scholar Award from the Academy of Management Organizations and the Natural Environment Division 
  • 2017 Roland Calori Prize for the best article published in Organization Studies during 2015-2016 
  • 2016 Campus Sustainability Leadership Award from the University of Alberta
  • 2015 People’s Choice Award from the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability 
  • 2014 People’s Choice Award from the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability 
  • 2013 #1 ranked Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant 
  • 2012 Best Paper on Environmental & Social Practices from the Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division

Interested in research? 

I supervise students from all levels and backgrounds to work on my research team. I also supervise Ph.D. students with closely related research interests. 

Think you might be a good fit? Drop me an email telling me why, together with a CV.