This mini-conference on States, Firms, and Sustainability brings together scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to explore how the state interacts with firms to improve sustainability. It analyses novel ways in which the government and firms collaborate to address sustainability challenges, directly through state-owned entities like state-owned firms and sovereign wealth funds, and indirectly through regulations, subsidies, and taxes.

Brandeis University, the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern University, Loughborough University London, and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies kindly sponsor the conference.

We dedicate the conference to Ivan Montiel, who was a passionate sustainability scholar.


Matthew Allen, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jonathan Doh, Villanova University
Cesar Garcia-Brena, Deloitte's Sustainability and Risk Advisory Services
Jean-Pascal Gond, City University
Pursey Heugens, RSM Erasmus University
Gregory Jackson, Freie University
Robert Kaplan, Harvard University
Andrew King, Boston University
Jette Knudsen, Tufts University
Sergio Lazzarini, Western University
Jane Lu, City University of Hong Kong
Anita McGahan, University of Toronto
Malika Takhtayeva, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Geoffrey Wood, Western University


Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University,
Anna Grosman, Loughborough University London,
Aldo Musacchio, Brandeis University,
Ilya Okhmatovskiy, Nova School of Business and Economics,
Gerhard Schnyder, Loughborough University London,


08:30-09:00 Registration and light breakfast
09:00-09:10 Welcome (Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Anna Grosman, Aldo Musacchio, Ilya Okhmatovskiy, and Gerhard Schnyder)
09:10 – 10:00 Panel 1: States, Energy Firms, and Sustainability (Matthew Allen and Jonathan Doh; Ilya Okhmatovskiy)
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 11:00 Panel 2: Sustainability Measurement (Robert Kaplan and Andrew King; Aldo Musacchio)
11:00 – 11:50 Panel 3: Cross-sectoral Collaborations and Sustainability (Sergio Lazzarini and Anita McGahan; Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra)
11:50 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 13:50 Panel 4: Regulation for Sustainability (Jean-Pascal Gond, Gregory Jackson, and Jette Knudsen; Gerhard Schnyder)
13:50 – 14:40 Panel 5: Political Influence and Sustainability (Pursey Heugens and Jean Lu; Anna Grosman)
14:40 – 14:50 Break
14:50 – 15:40 Practitioner Panel (Cesar Garcia-Brena and Malika Takhtayeva; Anna Grosman and Aldo Musacchio)
15:40 – 16:30 Discovery Round Tables
16:30 – 17:00 Concluding Panel (Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Anna Grosman, Aldo Musacchio, Ilya Okhmatovskiy, and Gerhard Schnyder)