Jorge E. Rivera

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Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy
Strategic Management & Public Policy
Funger Hall
2201 G Street NW
Suite 608
Washington, DC 20052
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Jorge E. Rivera is a professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy and Tucker-Endowed Fellow at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). Prof. Rivera’s research examines how country context, regulatory, industry, and firm-level factors are associated with corporate environmental strategies. More recently, he has been examining: a) how regulations and industrial accidents affect foreign investment by multinational corporations; and b) how different dimensions of nature’s adversity affect business adaptation and mitigation strategies. He has published two books and several dozen journal articles. His book, Business and Public Policy (by Cambridge University Press), received the 2011 Outstanding Book Award by one of the divisions of the Academy of Management. Professor Rivera is also founding Co-Editor of the Cambridge University Press’s Book series on Organizations and the Natural Environment.

  • Tucker Endowed Fellow, The GW School of Business. 2015-present.
  • Doctoral Student Association’s Faculty Member of the Year Award (Peter Vail Award for significant contribution to students), The GW School of Business. 2010 Winner. Nominee in 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2008.
  • Distinguished Service Award 2012, Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management.
  • Policy Research Scholar 2012-13, GWU Institute of Public Policy.
  • Outstanding Book Award 2011, Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division (Received for my book: Business and Public Policy, Cambridge U. Press, 2010).
  • Business and Public Policy
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Policy

Ph.D., Duke University, 2000

Broadly, my research examines how environmental policies and institutional context shape the environmental protection strategies of businesses in the US and other countries. To test this theory work, I have been assessing how different types of environmental regulations and country characteristics affect business environmental performance. Another stream of my research has focused on evaluating how participation in voluntary environmental programs is associated with business competitiveness and environmental protection. Related to this research, I have also study how industry association membership, regulatory and firm-level factors are associated with beyond compliance environmental performance. Currently, I am beginning research studying corporate climate change adaptation and the drivers of environmental technology innovation.

Over the past ten years, I have published two books and several dozen journal articles, journal special issues, book chapters, and cases. In 2011, my book entitled Business and Public Policy (by Cambridge University Press), received the Outstanding Book Award by one of the divisions of the Academy of Management. Two of my articles in the Policy Studies Journal (2004 and 2006) are respectively the first and third most cited manuscripts published by this journal between 2004-2013. One of my papers is also the third most cited article published by the Policy Sciences journal during the last decade (2002-12). Additionally, my work has received Best Paper Awards from the Academy of Management in 2001 and the Policy Sciences Society in 2003. My research findings have been mentioned in more than 30 news stories by national and international newspapers including the New York Times. My research publications have also been recognized at GWU, where between 2008-2010, I was one of only 3 professors in the School of Business to be conferred the Dean’s Research Scholar Award. Most recently, I received a university wide research prize when I was selected as a 2012-13 GWU Public Policy Scholar. In 2012, I became the founding Co-Editor in Chief of the Cambridge University Press’s Book series on Organizations and the Natural Environment. Since 2009, I have been serving as an Associate Editor of the Policy Sciences journal.

Kanashiro, P. and Rivera, J. (2019). Do chief sustainability officers make companies greener? The moderating role of regulatory pressures. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol.155: 687-701.

Pek, S., Oh, C, and Rivera, J. (2018). MNC foreign investment and industrial disasters: The moderating role of technology, safety management, and philanthropic capability. Strategic Management Journal. Vol.39(2):502-526.

Clement, V., and Rivera, J. (2017). From Adaptation to Transformation: An Extended Research Agenda for Organizational Resilience to Adversity in the Natural Environment. Organization & Environment, Vol.30(4):346-65.

Rivera, J., Naranjo, M., Robalino, J., Alpizar, F., & Blackman, A. (2017). Local community characteristics and cooperation for shared green reputation. Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 45 (4): 613-632.

DeBoer, J., Panwar, J. and Rivera, J. (2017). Toward a Place-Based Understanding of Environmental Sustainability: The Role of Green Competitors and Green Locales in Firms’ Voluntary Environmental Engagement. Business Strategy & the Environment, Vol.26: 940–955.

Aragon-Correa, A., Marcus, A., Rivera, J., and Kenworthy, A. (2017). Sustainability management teaching resources and the challenge of balancing planet, people, and profits. Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 16:469-483.

Tashman, P., and Rivera, J. (2016). Ecological uncertainty, adaptation, and mitigation in the US Ski Resort Industry. Strategic Management Journal. Vol. 37: 1507–1525.

Refereed Journals

  • Policy Sciences, Associate Editor (2009-14) (Editorial Board Member 2006-2008)
  • Policy Studies Journal, Editorial Board Member (2009-)
  • Business & Society, Associate Editor (2008-12) (Editorial Board Member 2012-)
  • Organization & Environment, Editorial Board Member (2006-)

Academic Book Presses

  • Cambridge University Press, Founding Book Series Co-Editor (with Prof. J. Alberto Aragon) (2012-). Organizations and Natural Environment Book Series.

Other Professional Service

  • Division Chair, Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division, 2011-12.
  • Advisory Board Member, Latin American Environmental Economics Program (2009-)
  • Program Chair, Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division, 2009-10.