Kate Odziemkowska

Journal Publications

[1]  Odziemkowska, K. 2021 “Frenemies: When Firms and Activists Collaborate” Accepted for publication in Administrative Science QuarterlySSRN

Synopsis: Concerns about audience approval impede cross-sector collaborations forming between firms and social movement organizations (SMOs) despite their potential societal benefits. Firms wanting to signal their genuine efforts in support of a movement’s cause are eager to form collaborations with SMOs. However, when SMOs’ supporters or peers define their identity in opposition to firms—what I call oppositional audiences—collaborations do not form. Moreover, firms’ inclination to collaborate after being contentiously targeted by a movement to repair reputations with their own audiences, exacerbate the challenge of partnering with the enemies of your friends.

  • Best Conference Paper Honorable Mention, Strategic Management Society, 2018
  • Winner of OMT Responsible Research Award, Academy of Management, 2020 (interview)
  • Runner-up for Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2020
  • Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management OMT Division, 2020

[2]  McDonnell, M.-H., Odziemkowska, K., and Pontikes, E. 2021. “Bad Company: Shifts in Social Activists' Tactics and Resources after Industry Crises” Organization Science, 32(4): 1033-1055. Journal websiteSSRN

Synopsis: Industry scandals differentially affect contentious and collaborative social movement organizations: those that collaborate with firms later implicated in an industry scandal experience a sharp drop in financial contributions after the scandal, and those that had contentiously interacted with firms in the industry enjoy increased contributions. Given these risks cannot be fully mitigated, we find industry scandals can result in a significant drop in cross-sector collaborations. 

[3]  Odziemkowska, K. and Dorobantu, S. 2021. “Contracting Beyond the Market” Organization Science, 32(3): 776-803. Journal websiteSSRN

Synopsis: Companies increasingly use formal contracts or collaborations to manage relationships with nonmarket stakeholders. We find companies are more likely to establish formal cooperative relationships with stakeholders that have use rights to the resource the company seeks, are subject to negative externalities from the company’s operations, and have a demonstrated an ability to collectively mobilize.

  • Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Strategic Management Division, 2019

[4]  Odziemkowska, K. and Henisz, W. 2021. “Webs of Influence: Secondary Stakeholder Actions and Cross-National Corporate Social Performance” Organization Science, 32(1): 233-255. Journal websiteSSRN

Synopsis: NGOs, labor and community organizations, and governments, drive cross-country differences in companies’ social and environmental performance (CSP) by influencing the degree to which managers prioritize the issues for which they advocate. Companies’ CSP is higher in countries where these stakeholders interact frequently with important socio-political actors, where there a broad-base of support for CSP issues, and where they directly target firms (e.g., protests, boycotts), especially if these actions are taken by densely connected groups of stakeholders.

  • Winner of the Best Conference PhD Paper Prize, Strategic Management Society, 2016
  • Finalist for the Temple/Academy of International Business Best Paper Award, 2016

[5]  Dorobantu, S., and Odziemkowska, K. 2017. “Valuing Stakeholder Governance: Property Rights, Community Mobilization and Firm Value” Strategic Management Journal, 38(13): 2682-2703. Journal websiteSSRNvideo abstract

Synopsis:  Shareholders value formal contracts with stakeholders who can disrupt firms’ access to valuable resources, particularly those with strong property rights or experienced in protest.  

  • Winner of Outstanding Paper Award, Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, 2017

Other Publications

[6]  Odziemkowska, K. 2021 . "Firm-NGO Collaborations for Sustainability: A Comparative Research Agenda" Forthcoming in The Business of Sustainability: The Organization, Implementation, and Practice of Sustainable Growth. Eds. George, G., Joshi, H., Haas, M., McGahan, A. and Tracy, P. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Synopsis:  I develop a comparative framework and agenda for research on firm-NGO collaborations that aims to shift academic focus from descriptive analyses of processes within collaborations to interrogating the comparative effectiveness of different forms of collaborations, different partners, and alternative forms of cooperation and conflict, between firms and NGOs in advancing business sustainability.

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