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Jill A. Brown

Jill A. Brown, Ph.D., holds an Axelrod Family Endowed Fellowship.

Department of Management:  Assistant Professor

  • Lehigh University, B.A.
  • Augusta State University, M.B.A.
  • University of Georgia, Ph.D.

Jill A. (Griesing) Brown's research interests include strategic leadership, corporate governance, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. She has published papers on these topics in the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, the Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, and Corporate Governance: An International Review, to name a few. She has many conference proceedings and several published case studies and book chapters in the strategic management, social issues, and organization theory disciplines. Her current research focuses in on the changing role of corporate boards in response to governance reforms.

Professor Brown joined the Lehigh faculty in 2007 after graduating from The University of Georgia with a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in strategic management and a minor in organizational behavior. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., she worked in the banking industry at Mellon, Fidelity, Connecticut National, and Michigan National Banks.

Research Interests
  • Corporate Governance
  • Institutional Changes
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Boards of Directors
  • Competitive Dynamics
Selected Publications and Working Papers

Selected Publications
  • Brown, J., Buchholtz, A., Stewart, M. and Dennis, B. (2012). Board diversity as a camouflage signal. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Boston, MA, August.
  • Brown, J. and Forster, W. (2012 forthcoming). CSR and stakeholder theory: A tale of Adam Smith. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Gianiodis, P. and Brown, J. (2012 forthcoming). The protection and deployment of financial innovation. International Journal of Innovation Management.
  • Brown, Jill A. (2010). Board and Top Management Changes over the Decades: Responses to Governance and CSR Issues. History of Corporate Responsibility Project Working Paper No. #4. Minneapolis, MN: Center for Ethical Business Cultures, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas. Available at:
  • Ward, A., Brown, J. & Rodriguez, D. (2009) . Governance Bundles, Firm Performance and The Substitutability and Complementarity of Governance Mechanisms. Corporate Governance: An International Review, (17) 525-661. *Voted Best Published Paper by CGIR Editorial Board.
  • Ward, A., Brown, J. & Graffin, S. (2009). Under the Spotlight: Institutional Investors and Firm Responses to the Council of Institutional Investors’ Annual Focus List. Strategic Organization, 7: 107-135.
  • Brown, J. & Buchholtz, A.  (2009).  Dark Territory:  The Graniteville Chlorine Spill.  In Raufflet, E., Mills, A. (Eds) The Dark Side:  Critical Cases on the Darkside of Business. Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Buchholtz, A. , Brown, J. & Anderson, A. (2009).  The Shareholder Democracy Paradox:  An Empirical Examination.  Best Paper Proceedings of the 2009 Academy of Management Conference.
  • Rutherford, M., Buchholtz, A. & Brown, J. (2007). Examining relationships between monitoring and incentives in corporate governance. Journal of Management Studies, 44(3): 414-430.
  • Buchholtz, A.K., Brown, J.A., & Shabana, K.M. (2008). Corporate social responsibility and corporate governance. In A. Crane, A. McWilliams, D. Matten, J. Moon & D. Siegel (Eds), Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Brown, J., & Ward A., (December 2007). Corporate Governance in the USA. In Kostyuk, A.N., Braendle, U.C., & Apreda, R., (eds) Corporate Governance, Ukraine: Virtus Interpress.
Office Information
Office: RBC 324
Phone: 610-758-3419
Fax: 610-758-6941
Courses Taught
  • MGT 301
  • MGT 406
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