Panwar, Rajat

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

132 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-7332
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
I am a multidisciplinary scholar with expertise at the intersection of forests, business, and society. A key focus of my ongoing research is on the role of business in conserving biodiversity and combating deforestation. Broadly, my research is about analyzing and catalyzing business-led efforts to social and environmental problems.


Graduate Major Advisor
Graduate Students: 
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., Pinkse, J., Cashore, B., & Husted, B. (In press). Why corporate sustainability initiatives fail to reduce deforestation and what to do about it. Business Strategy & the Environment.
  2. Panwar, R. (In press). Business and biodiversity: Achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity conservation through transformative changes in business practices. Biodiversity & Conservation.
  3. Panwar, R., Ober, H., & Pinkse, J. (In press). The uncomfortable relationship between business and biodiversity: Advancing research on business strategies for biodiversity protection. Business Strategy and the Environment.
  4. Panwar, R., Pandey, V., Suddaby, R., & Vidal, N. (2023). Did India’s CSR mandate enhance or diminish firm value? Business & Society. 62(2): 401-433.
  5. Panwar, R. (2023). Optimism amid despair: How to avoid a net-zero debacle? Business & Society, 62(1):9-13.
  6. Suddaby, R. & Panwar, R. (2022). On the complexity of managing transparency. California Management Review, 65(1): 5-18.
  7. 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.
  8. 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]
  9. Murcia, M, Panwar, R., & Tarzijan, J. 2021. Socially responsible firms outsource less. Business & Society, 60(6), 1507-1545.
  10. Vabi, V., Kozak, R., & Panwar, R. 2020. Voices unheard: Barriers to and opportunities for small farmers' participation in oil palm contract farming. Journal of Cleaner Production, 275:129955.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Siegner, M., Panwar, R. & Kozak, R. 2017. Making the Bio-economy inclusive: The role of community and agro-forestry. Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics, 26: 229-238.
  15. Panwar, R., Kozak, R., & Hansen, E. 2016. Forests, business, and sustainability. Abingdon, UK: Routledge publishers. 228 pp.
  16. 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. [This paper was runner-up for the Schinder Electric Sustainability International Award for outstanding article for relevance to management practice.]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Hansen, E., Panwar, R., & Vlosky, R. 2014. The global forest sector: Changes, practices, and prospects. Boca Raton: CRC press. 471 pp.
  20. Panwar, R., Rinne, T., Hansen, E., & Juslin, H. 2006. Corporate responsibility: Balancing economic, environmental and social issues in the forest products industry. Forest Products Journal, 56(2): 4-12.