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Matthew Grimes

Matthew Grimes

Reader in Innovation & Organisation

BBA (College of William and Mary), MSc (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford), PhD (Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University)

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; business and society; organisational identity and identification; creativity; the governance of unintended consequences.

Dr Matthew Grimes's research examines how individuals and organisations create, introduce, and sustain positive social change by way of entrepreneurship. To this end he studies both the contextual factors (e.g. regional and institutional differences) that enable innovation and social change as well as the individual factors (e.g. demographic and identity differences) that motivate and sustain individuals' commitment to such change. He studies these factors primarily in contexts such as social entrepreneurship and business incubators/accelerators, where attempts to create, introduce, and sustain social change and innovation are particularly important and challenging.

Subject group: Organisational Theory & Information Systems

Professional experience

Dr Matthew Grimes currently serves on the editorial review boards of Administrative Science Quarterly (since 2017), Academy of Management Journal (since 2015), Academy of Management Review (since 2017), and the Journal of Business Venturing (since 2017). He also previously served on the editorial review board for Entrepreneurship, Theory, & Practice (2013-2015).

Prior to obtaining his PhD, Dr Grimes was an Associate Director for Research at CEB (now Gartner) in Washington DC, London and New Delhi.

Previous appointments

Matthew Grimes was previously Assistant Professor at the University of Indiana's Kelley School of Business (2015-2018) and also at the University of Alberta School of Business (2012-2015). Dr Grimes was appointed a Visiting Scholar in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School (2015) as well as an International Research Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University (2015-2018).

Awards & honours

  • Emerging Scholar Award, ENT Division of the Academy of Management, 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal, 2018
  • Presidential Responsible Research in Management Award, co-sponsored by the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management and The International Association for Chinese Management Research, 2017 (inaugural year)
  • Best Paper Award, 13th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, SAP Division, Academy of Management, 2016
  • People's Choice Award from the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, 2015
  • Research Fellow, Canadian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, 2012-2015
  • Nova Faculty Fellow, 2014-2015
  • Southam Edmonton Journal Faculty Fellow, 2013-2014

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Matthew Grimes's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Grimes, M. (2018) "The pivot: how founders respond to feedback through idea and identity work." Academy of Management Journal (forthcoming)

Gehman, J., Grimes, M. and Cao, K. (2018) "Why we care about Certified B Corporations: from valuing growth to certifying values." Academy of Management Discoveries (forthcoming)

Grimes, M.G., Gehman, J. and Cao, K. (2018) "Positively deviant: identity work through B Corporation certification." Journal of Business Venturing, 33(2): 130-148 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2017.12.001)

Gehman, J. and Grimes, M. (2017) "Hidden badge of honor: how contextual distinctiveness affects category promotion among Certified B Corporations." Academy of Management Journal, 60(6): 2294-2320 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0416)

Amezcua, A.S., Grimes, M.G., Bradley, S.W. and Wiklund, J. (2013) "Organizational sponsorship and founding environments: a contingency view on the survival of business incubated firms, 1994-2007." Academy of Management Journal, 56(6): 1628-1654 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0652)

Grimes, M.G., McMullen, J.S., Vogus, T.J. and Miller, T.L. (2013) "Studying the origins of social entrepreneurship: compassion and the role of embedded agency." Academy of Management Review, 38(3): 460-463 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2012.0429)

Journal articles

Grimes, M. (2018) "The pivot: how founders respond to feedback through idea and identity work." Academy of Management Journal (forthcoming)

Gehman, J., Grimes, M. and Cao, K. (2018) "Why we care about Certified B Corporations: from valuing growth to certifying values." Academy of Management Discoveries (forthcoming)

Grimes, M.G., Gehman, J. and Cao, K. (2018) "Positively deviant: identity work through B Corporation certification." Journal of Business Venturing, 33(2): 130-148 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2017.12.001)

Gehman, J. and Grimes, M. (2017) "Hidden badge of honor: how contextual distinctiveness affects category promotion among Certified B Corporations." Academy of Management Journal, 60(6): 2294-2320 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0416)

Amezcua, A.S., Grimes, M.G., Bradley, S.W. and Wiklund, J. (2013) "Organizational sponsorship and founding environments: a contingency view on the survival of business incubated firms, 1994-2007." Academy of Management Journal, 56(6): 1628-1654 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0652)

Grimes, M.G., McMullen, J.S., Vogus, T.J. and Miller, T.L. (2013) "Studying the origins of social entrepreneurship: compassion and the role of embedded agency." Academy of Management Review, 38(3): 460-463 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2012.0429)

Miller, T.L., Grimes, M.G., McMullen, J.S. and Vogus, T.J. (2012) "Venturing for others with heart and head: how compassion encourages social entrepreneurship." Academy of Management Review, 37(4): 616-640 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2010.0456)

Grimes, M. (2010) "Strategic sensemaking within funding relationships: the effects of performance measurement on organizational identity in the social sector." Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 34(4): 763-783 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2010.00398.x)

Book chapters

Victor, B. and Grimes, M. (2013) "Why accountability in social entrepreneurship is crucial." In Lyons, T.S. (ed.) Social entrepreneurship: how businesses can transform society: vol.3: accountability, performance measurement, and performance management in social entrepreneurship. Santa Barbara, CN: Praeger, pp.223-233.

Victor, B. and Grimes, M. (2014) "Making moral markets: a professional responsibility ethic for business and poverty." In Fischer, E.F. (ed.) Cash on the table: markets, values, and moral economies. Santa Fe, AZ: School for Advanced Research Press, pp.171-186

Cao, K., Gehman, J. and Grimes, M.G. (2018) "Standing out and fitting in: charting the emergence of Certified B Corporations by industry and region." In Corbett, A.C. and Katz, J.A. (eds.) Hybrid ventures (Advances in entrepreneurship, firm emergence, and growth, vol.19). Bingley: Emerald Publishing, pp.1-38.

Contact details

Matthew Grimes
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

m.grimes@jbs.cam.ac.uk

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