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5th Annual ARCS Research Conference

Apr 29, 2013 - May 1, 2013

The Fifth Annual ARCS Research Conference, hosted by the Haas Center for Responsible Business and the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, was held Mon. April 29 – Wed. May 1, 2013. The Call for Papers [PDF] sought submissions of unpublished working papers focused on business and sustainability issues (both social and environmental) from all disciplines and methodologies.

The ARCS Conference was preceded on April 29, 9am-5pm by The ARCS Forum, bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss business models for sustainability.

The 2013 ARCS Conference Program Committee

Conference Chairs: David Vogel (California-Berkeley), Mike Lenox (Virginia), and Andrew King (Dartmouth). Committee: Marian Chertow (Yale), Tima Bansal (Western Ontario), Lori Bennear (Duke), Glen Dowell (Cornell), Tom Lyon (Michigan), John Maxwell (Indiana), Dylan Minor (Northwestern), Eric Orts (Penn), Craig Smith (INSEAD), John Sterman (MIT), and Mike Toffel (Harvard).


Forum Schedule [PDF]

Conference Program [PDF]

Please click on the paper sessions below to review Conference Papers.


Paper Session 1: Business Government Interactions
Session Chair: David Vogel
UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business

Paper #1: Corporate Environmental Performance and Political Activity [PDF]
• Magali Delmas, Anderson School of Management, University of California-Los Angeles
• Nicholas Nairn-Birch, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California-Los Angeles

Paper #2: The Disciplinary Effect of Selling to Countries with Higher Levels of Press Freedom [PDF]
• Estefania Amer Maistriau, University of Geneva

Paper #3: Voluntary Versus Mandatory Standards: Protecting Workers from Adverse Chemical Exposure [PDF]
• Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs. University of Pittsburgh
• Stephen Finger, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina


Paper Session 2: Managerial Psychology
Session Chair: Michael Toffel
Harvard Business School

Paper #4: Giving Up Too Soon: Capability Traps and the Failure of Win‐Win Investments in Process Improvement and Industry Self‐Regulation [PDF]
• John Sterman, Sloan School of Management, MIT
• John Lyneis, Sloan School of Management, MIT and PA Consulting

Paper #6: Pay for Environmental Performance: The Effect of Incentive Provision on Carbon Emissions [PDF]
• Ioannis Ioannou, London Business School
• George Serafeim, Harvard Business School
• Robert Eccles, Harvard Business School
• Shelley Xin Li, Harvard Business School


Paper Session 3: Stakeholder Relationships
Session Chair: Tom Lyon, Michigan

Paper #7: New Dimensions to Firm-Stakeholder Relationships through Social Media: An Examination of U.S. Electric Power Companies’ Twitter Accounts [PDF]
• Eun-Hee Kim, George Washington University
• Yoona Youm George Washington University

Paper #9: First Impressions: Stakeholder Networks, Proactive Engagement and Stakeholder Opinions of Corporations [PDF]
• Sinziana Dorobantu, Stern School of Business, New York University
• Lite Nartey, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
• Witold Henisz, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 1

Paper Session 4: Voluntary Disclosures
Session Chair: David Levine
UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business

Paper #10: Voluntary Environmental Disclosures in 10-Ks and Environmental Reports: Determinants and Relationship to Firm Risk Premium [PDF]
• Elizabeth Connors, Michigan State University
• Holly Johnston, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Paper #11: State or Market: Institutional Complexity and Voluntary CSR Reporting of Chinese Firms [PDF]
• Xiaowei Rose Luo, INSEAD
• Danqing Wang, INSEAD
• Jianjun Zhang, Peking University

Paper #12: Measurement and Improvement of Social and Environmental Performance under Voluntary versus Mandatory Disclosure [PDF]
• Erjie Ang, Stanford Graduate School of Business
• Basak Kalkanci (MIT – Engineering Systems Division)
• Erica Plambeck, Stanford Graduate School of Business


Paper Session 5: Sustainable Operations
Session Chair: Omar Romero-Hernandez
UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business

Paper #13: Got Local Food? Understanding the Fresh Produce Supply Chain [PDF]
• Mustafa Tongarlak, Bogazici University
• Baris Ata, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
• Deishin Lee, Harvard Business School

Paper #14: Time of Day Pricing and the Levelized Cost of Intermittent Power Generation [PDF]
• Stefan Reichelstein, Stanford Graduate School of Business
• Ansu Sahoo, Stanford University

Paper #15: Who Defines Local?: Multiple Standards and Local Labeling Schemes [PDF]
• Sara Jane McCaffrey, Franklin & Marshall College
• Nancy Kurland, Franklin & Marshall College


Paper Session 6: Sustainable Finance and Working Lunch
Session Chair: Lloyd Kurtz
UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business

Paper #16: Does Corporate Social Responsibility Lead to Superior Financial Performance? A Regression Discontinuity Approach
• Carolyn Flammer, Sloan School of Management, MIT

Paper #17: Smart Beta Strategies: the Socially Responsible Investment Case [PDF]
• Vincent Lapointe, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University
• Philippe Bertrand, IAE Aix Graduate School of Management, Aix-Marseille University and Euromed Management

Paper #18: Strategic Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in International Expansion of Emerging Market Multinationals [PDF]
• Olga Hawn, Duke University


Participant List [PDF]


Questions? Please contact ARCS Managing Director Erika Herz at


Apr 29, 2013
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