I joined the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University in July 2020. I have earned my PhD at University of Alberta in Strategic Management & Organization and a Master of Environmental Management degree at Yale University.
Prior to my academic career, I worked with The Forest Trust, American Friends Service Committee, Heinrich Böll Foundation, and Global Environmental Institute in a number of managerial and consultancy roles. I have lived and worked in Cambodia, Canada, China, Laos, and the United States.
I conduct research on corporate sustainability, with a focus on sustainability certifications. My research engages with various important matters such as forest, gender, and the future of business. My broader research and teaching interests include: How do organizations work? How can businesses contribute to societal welfare? How can management scholarship help build a better society?
I regard research as a privilege as well as a responsibility and endeavor to conduct impactful research that contributes to both theory and practice. Here are my best-known works (* denotes equal authorship).
Cao, K., Gehman, J., & Grimes, M*. 2018. Standing out and fitting in: Charting the emergence of Certified B Corporations by industry and region. In Andrew C. Corbett & Jerome A. Katz (Eds.), Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth: Vol. 19. Hybrid ventures (1-38)
Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
Alberta School of Business
I have reviewed manuscripts for the Academy of Management Discoveries, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Organization & Environment, and Review of Managerial Science. Additionally, I have been reviewing for Academy of Management Annual Meetings every year since 2016.
I have been a member of the following academic communities:
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Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese
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