Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis

Assistant Professor,
Management, Department of
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Biography

Ben W. Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Strategy in the Department of Management at the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business. He currently teaches the Strategy and Economics course to undergraduates.

Ben’s research explores how firms strategically manage their reputation, particularly within the domains of corporate social and environmental responsibility. Recently, he has focused his efforts on understanding how corporations respond to ratings and rankings. His work has been published in leading management journals including Administrative Science Quarterly and the Strategic Management Journal. In 2017, he received the William H. Newman Award, a prestigious recognition from the Academy of Management for solo-authored work based on a dissertation.

Ben received his PhD in Management from the Johnson College of Business at Cornell University in 2013, and a MAcc and BS in Accounting and Economics from Brigham Young University in 2008. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he was involved in international development work in Kenya and Mozambique. Many of his research interests have been shaped by these experiences and drive his efforts to understand how business can be used as a force for good in society.

Education

  • PhD, Management, Cornell University, 2013
  • BS, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 2008
  • BS, Economics, Brigham Young University, 2008
  • MAcc, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 2008

Selected Publications

Awards

  • William H. Newman Award for Best Paper Based on a Dissertation , Academy of Management , 2017
  • Outstanding Paper Award , Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability , 2016

Languages

  • Portuguese

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Colorado 2010

Presentations

  • The paradox of recognizing responsibility: Social ratings, philanthropy, and the market for virtue - Academy of Management - AOM Annual Conference - 2017
  • The Social and Financial Consequences of CSR Recognition: A Regression Discontinuity Approach - Strategic Management Society - SMS Annual Conference - 2017
  • When do third-party rankings and ratings influence subsequent corporate social & environmental performance? - International Association for Business & Society - IABS 2017 Annual Conference - 2017
  • Strategic silence: The non-disclosure of certification status as a hypocrisy avoidance tactic - Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability - ARCS Annual Conference - 2016
  • The environmental consequences of voluntary disclosure. - Strategic Management Society - SMS Annual Conference - 2016
  • The paradox of recognizing responsibility: Why positive social ratings can lead to reductions in corporate social performance - International Association for Business and Society - IABS Annual Conference - 2016
  • Substantive implementation with symbolic silence: The strategic publication of certification status - University of Colorado - Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference - 2015
  • Do organizations light a candle and hide it under a bushel? The strategic publication of certification status - Strategic Management Society - SMS Annual Conference - 2014