Panwar, Rajat

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Associate Professor and Director of the SNR Certificate
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

132 Richardson Hall

DBA (Sustainability and Strategy): Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
PhD (Forest Products Business Management): Oregon State University, USA
MBA (Strategy): University of Lucknow, India
Research Interests: 
  • Business and Biodiversity
  • Responsible Business Practices
  • Sustainable Business Management
  • Sustainable Development Goals


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
  • WSE 453 /553
    Forest Products Business
    in the College of Forestry
  • BA 347
    International Business, Honors section
    in the College of Business
Selected Publications: 
  1. Panwar, R., Pandey, V., Suddaby, R., & Vidal, N. In Press. Did India’s CSR mandate enhance or diminish firm value? Business & Society.
  2. Panwar, R., Ober, H., & Pinkse, J. Accepted. The uncomfortable relationship between business and biodiversity: Advancing research on business strategies for biodiversity protection. Business Strategy and the Environment.
  3. Panwar, R., & Niesten, E. In press. Jump‐starting, diffusing, and sustaining the circular economy [editorial]. Business Strategy and the Environment.
  4. Panwar, R. In press. Optimism amid despair: How to avoid a net-zero debacle? Business & Society.
  5. Panwar, R. 2022. Why getting someone's name right matters? Harvard Business Review.
  6. Panwar, R., Pinkse, J., & De Marchi, V. 2022. The future of global supply chains in a post-COVID-19 world. California Management Review, 64(2): 5-23.
  7. Barnett, M., Cashore, B., Henriques, I., Husted, B, Panwar, R., & Pinkse, J. 2021. Reorient the business case for corporate sustainability. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Summer issue. 35-39. [equal authorship; names in alphabetical order]
  8. Deboer, J., Panwar, R., Kozak, R., & Cashore, B. 2020. Squaring the circle: Refining the competitiveness logic for the circular bioeconomy. Forest Policy & Economics, 110: 101858.
  9. DeBoer, J., Panwar, R., & Rivera, J. 2017. Toward a place-based understanding of business sustainability: Effects of green competitors and green locales on firm’s voluntary environmental engagement. Business Strategy & the Environment, 26: 940-955.
  10. Panwar, R., Nybakk, E., Hansen, E., & Pinkse, J. 2017. Does the business case matter? The effect of a perceived business case on small firms’ social engagement. Journal of Business Ethics, 144(3): 597-608
  11. Panwar, R., Nybakk, E., Pinkse, J., & Hansen, E. 2015. Being good when not doing well: Examining the effect of the economic downturn on small manufacturing firms’ ongoing sustainability-oriented initiatives. Organization & Environment, 28(2): 204-222.
  12. Panwar, R., Paul, K., Nybakk, E., Hansen, E., & Thompson D. 2014. The legitimacy of CSR actions of publicly-traded companies versus privately-held companies. Journal of Business Ethics, 125(3): 481-496.
  13. Panwar, R., Hansen, E., & Kozak, R. 2014. Evaluating social and environmental issues by integrating the legitimacy gap with expectational gaps: An empirical assessment of the forest industry. Business & Society, 53(6): 853-875.