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Jennifer Howard-Grenville

Jennifer Howard-Grenville

Diageo Reader in Management Studies
Director of the MPhil in Management Programme

BSc (Queen's University), MA (University of Oxford), PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Research interests

Organisational and social change processes; business strategies for environmental sustainability; industrial ecology and industrial symbiosis; qualitative research methodology.

Subject group: Organisational Theory & Information Systems

Professional experience

Jennifer Howard-Grenville contributes to organisation theory through in-depth studies of how people work from within to change organisations, communities, and occupations. By focusing on the processes through which people seek change, her scholarship advances theoretical understanding of organisational routines, culture, identity, and identification. Reflecting her interest in change around issues of social and environmental import, Jennifer's work also contributes to an interdisciplinary scholarly conversation on business and the natural environment. She is recognised as a leading qualitative researcher with a focus on process theorising, and frequently presents on these topics at business schools, conferences and junior scholar academies.

Dr Howard-Grenville's work has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management AnnalsOrganization Studies, Research PolicyJournal of Industrial Ecology and several other journals. She is the author of Corporate Culture and Environmental Practice (Edward Elgar, 2007), which documents her nine-month ethnography of environmental practice change at the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, and co-author or editor of three other books.

Dr Howard-Grenville's most recent work includes a forthcoming paper in Administrative Science Quarterly on insider-driven occupational change, which explains how chemists advanced greener approaches to chemical synthesis despite peers' scepticism. She is also co-author of a forthcoming Academy of Management Journal editorial introducing a special issue on societal grand challenges.

Jennifer served as Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal (2013-2016). She serves as an Editorial Review Board Member of the Academy of Management Journal (since 2010), Organization Science (2009-2013), and Organization & Environment (since 2011).

Previous appointments

Jennifer Howard-Grenville was previously Associate Professor of Management at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business.

Awards & honours

  • Best Paper Award, Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference, 2015
  • Faculty Excellence Award (14 across the University), University of Oregon, 2013
  • Thomas C. Stewart Distinguished Professor, Lundquist College of Business, 2013
  • James E. Reinmuth MBA Teaching Excellence Award, 2012
  • Extraordinary Service Award (Reviewing), Organization Science, 2012
  • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal, 2011
  • Extraordinary Service Award (Reviewing), Organization Science, 2011
  • James E. Reinmuth MBA Teaching Excellence Award, 2010
  • Faculty Pioneer Award Finalist, Aspen Institute, 2008

Selected publications

Bertels, S., Howard-Grenville, J. and Pek, S. (2016) "Cultural molding, shielding, and shoring at Oilco: the role of culture in the integration of routines." Organization Science, 27(3): 573-593 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2016.1052)

Howard-Grenville, J., Metzger, M.L. and Meyer, A.D. (2013) "Rekindling the flame: processes of identity resurrection." Academy of Management Journal, 56(1): 113-136 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.0778)

Howard-Grenville, J., Golden-Biddle, K., Irwin, J. and Mao, J. (2011) "Liminality as cultural process for cultural change." Organization Science, 22(2): 522-539 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1100.0554)

Gutierrez, B., Howard-Grenville, J. and Scully, M.A. (2010) "The faithful rise up: split identification and an unlikely change effort." Academy of Management Journal, 53(4): 673-699 (DOI: 10.5465/AMJ.2010.52814362)

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2007) "Developing issue-selling effectiveness over time: issue selling as resourcing." Organization Science, 18(4): 560-577 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1070.0266)

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2005) "The persistence of flexible organizational routines: the role of agency and organizational context." Organization Science, 16(6): 618-636 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1050.0150)

Journal articles

Howard, J., Nash, J. and Ehrenfeld, J. (1999) "Industry codes as agents of change: responsible care adoption by US chemical companies." Business Strategy and the Environment, 8(5): 281-295

Howard, J., Nash, J. and Ehrenfeld, J. (2000) "Standard or smokescreen? Implementation of a voluntary environmental code." California Management Review, 42(2): 63-82 (DOI: 10.2307/41166033)

Howard-Grenville, J.A., Hoffman, A.J. and Wirtenberg, J. (2003) "The importance of cultural framing to the success of social initiatives in business." Academy of Management Executive, 17(2): 70-86

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2005) "Explaining shades of green: why do companies act differently on similar environmental issues?" Law & Social Inquiry, 30(3): 551-581 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2005.tb00353.x)

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2005) "The persistence of flexible organizational routines: the role of agency and organizational context." Organization Science, 16(6): 618-636 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1050.0150)

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2006) "Getting influence: how an organizational group gains action on environmental issues over time." Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2006: C1-C6 (DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2006.27177879)

Howard-Grenville, J.A. and Carlile, P.R. (2006) "The incompatibility of knowledge regimes: consequences of the material world for cross-domain work." European Journal of Information Systems, 15(5): 473-485 (DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000635)

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2006) "Inside the "black box": how organizational culture and subcultures inform interpretations and actions on environmental issues." Organization and Environment, 19(1): 46-73 (DOI: 10.1177/1086026605285739)

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2007) "Developing issue-selling effectiveness over time: issue selling as resourcing." Organization Science, 18(4): 560-577 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1070.0266)

Howard-Grenville, J., Nash, J. and Coglianese, C. (2008) "Constructing the license to operate: internal factors and their influence on corporate environmental decisions." Law & Policy, 30(1): 73-107 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9930.2008.00270.x)

Gutierrez, B., Howard-Grenville, J. and Scully, M.A. (2010) "The faithful rise up: split identification and an unlikely change effort." Academy of Management Journal, 53(4): 673-699 (DOI: 10.5465/AMJ.2010.52814362)

Parmigiani, A. and Howard-Grenville, J. (2011) "Routines revisited: exploring the capabilities and practice perspectives." The Academy of Management Annals, 5(1): 413-453 (DOI: 10.1080/19416520.2011.589143)

Howard-Grenville, J., Golden-Biddle, K., Irwin, J. and Mao, J. (2011) "Liminality as cultural process for cultural change." Organization Science, 22(2): 522-539 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1100.0554)

Paquin, R.L. and Howard-Grenville, J. (2012) "The evolution of facilitated industrial symbiosis." Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16(1): 83-93 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2011.00437.x)

Aten, K., Howard-Grenville, J. and Ventresca, M.J. (2012) "Organizational culture and institutional theory: a conversation at the border." Journal of Management Inquiry, 21(1): 78-83 (DOI: 10.1177/1056492611419790)

Howard-Grenville, J., Metzger, M.L. and Meyer, A.D. (2013) "Rekindling the flame: processes of identity resurrection." Academy of Management Journal, 56(1): 113-136 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.0778)

Paquin, R.L. and Howard-Grenville, J. (2013) "Blind dates and arranged marriages: longitudinal processes of network orchestration." Organization Studies, 34(11): 1623-1653 (DOI: 10.1177/0170840612470230)

Howard-Grenville, J., Buckle, S.J., Hoskins, B.J. and George, G. (2014) "Climate change and management." Academy of Management Journal, 57(3): 615-623 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2014.4003)

Paquin, R.L., Tilleman, S.G. and Howard-Grenville, J. (2014) "Is there cash in that trash?" Journal of Industrial Ecology, 18(2): 268-279 (DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12120)

Nelson, A., Earle, A., Howard-Grenville, J., Haack, J. and Young, D. (2014) "Do innovation measures actually measure innovation? Obliteration, symbolic adoption, and other finicky challenges in tracking innovation diffusion." Research Policy, 43(6): 927-940 (DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.01.010)

Bertels, S., Howard-Grenville, J. and Pek, S. (2016) "Cultural molding, shielding, and shoring at Oilco: the role of culture in the integration of routines." Organization Science, 27(3): 573-593 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2016.1052)

Books, monographs, reports and case studies

Graedel, T.E. and Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2005) Greening the industrial facility: perspectives, approaches, and tools. New York: Springer.

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2007) Corporate culture and environmental practice: making change at a high-technology manufacturer. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Boons, F. and Howard-Grenville, J.A. (ed.) (2009) The social embeddedness of industrial ecology. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Howard-Grenville, J., Tsoukas, H. and Langly, A. (2016) Organizational routines: how they are created, maintained, and changed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Howard-Grenville, J.A., Bertels, S. and Lahneman, B. (2017) Regulatory management and culture (commissioned by Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative/Alberta Energy Regulator). Philadelphia, PA: Penn Program on Regulation, University of Pennsylvania Law School (forthcoming)

Book chapters

Ehrenfeld, J. and Howard-Grenville, J. (1996) "Setting environmental goals: the view from industry: a review of practices from the 1960s to the present." In: National Forum on Science and Technology Goals (eds.) Linking science and technology to society's environmental goals. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, pp.281-326

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (1998) "Implementation of global environmental treaties: the role for coordinated corporate action." In Moomaw, W., Susskind, L. and Hill, T. (eds.) Papers on international environmental negotiation: vol.VI. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law School

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2002) "Institutional evolution: the case of the semiconductor industry voluntary PFC emissions reduction agreements." In Hoffman, A. and Ventresca, M. (eds.) Organizations, policy, and the natural environment. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp.291-308

Howard-Grenville, J.A., Hoffman, A.J. and Bhattacharya, C.B. (2007) "Who can act on sustainability issues? Corporate capital and the configuration of organizational fields." In Sharma, S., Starik, M. and Husted, B. (eds.) Organizations and the sustainability mosaic: crafting long-term ecological and societal solutions. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.193-215

Paquin, R. and Howard-Grenville, J. (2008) "Facilitating regional industrial symbiosis: network growth in the UK's National Industrial Symbiosis Programme." In: Boons, F. and Howard-Grenville, J. (eds.) The social embeddedness of industrial ecology. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.103-127

Howard-Grenville, J.A. and Paquin, R. (2008) "Organizational dynamics in industrial ecosystems: insights from organizational behavior theory." In Ruth, M. and Davidsdottir, B. (eds.) Changing stocks, flows and behaviors in industrial ecosystems. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.122-139

Howard-Grenville, J.A. and Bertels, S. (2012) "Organizational culture and environmental action." In Bansal, T. and Hoffman, A.J. (eds.) The Oxford handbook of business and the environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.194-210

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2012) "Revealing themes: applying a positive lens to the chapters on environment and sustainability." In Golden-Biddle, K. and Dutton, J. (eds.) Using a positive lens to explore social change and organizations: building a theoretical and research foundation. London: Routledge.

Howard-Grenville, J.A., Bertels, S. and Lahneman, B. (2014) "Sustainability: how it shapes and is shaped by organizational culture and climate." In Schneider, B. and Barbera, K.N. (eds.) The Oxford handbook of organizational climate and culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.257-276

Howard-Grenville, J.A. and Rerup, C. (2016) "A process perspective on organizational routines." In: Langley, A. and Tsoukas, H. (eds.) The SAGE handbook of process organization studies. London: Sage, pp.323-339

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Contact details

Jennifer Howard-Grenville
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 765363
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

j.howard-grenville@jbs.cam.ac.uk

CV

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