Jorge E. Rivera

Associate Professor

The George Washington University

Dept. of Strategic Management and Public Policy

School of Business

Funger Hall, Suite 615, 2201 G Street, NW

Washington, DC 20052

Tel. (202) 994-0163

e-mail: jrivera(at)



Broadly, my research examines how environmental policies and institutional context shape the environmental protection strategies of businesses in the US and other countries. Over the last few years my scholarship has focused on examining how the stages of the environmental policy process are linked to different levels of business cooperation/resistance. This research also seeks to clarify the logic explaining how country context characteristics affect the level of cooperation/resistance shown by business to environmental protection policy demands. To test this theory work, I have been empirically examining how the interaction of environmental regulations and a country’s democracy affect foreign market entry decisions by multinational corporations.

Another stream of my research has focused on evaluating how participation in voluntary environmental programs is associated with business competitiveness and environmental performance. Related to this research, I have also examined how industry association membership, regulatory and firm-level factors are associated with beyond compliance environmental performance. Currently, I am beginning research studying 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 2004-2012. 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. Between 2009-12, I also served as an Associate Editor of Business & Society. In August 2012, I finished my term as the Chair of the Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division. In this position, I led a comprehensive performance review of this Division that resulted in the renewal of its status for another five years period.

Updated: 08/15/2013

Research Interest and  Biography

Curriculum Vitae

2011 Outstanding Book Award

Academy of Management's ONE Division

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