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Professor Howard-Grenville's work has been published in Administrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management Journal, Academy of Management ReviewOrganization Science, Academy of Management AnnalsOrganization StudiesResearch PolicyJournal of Industrial Ecology and several other journals. She is the author of Corporate Culture and Environmental Practice (Edward Elgar, 2007), which documents her nine-month ethnography of environmental practice change at the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, and co-author or editor of three other books.

Professor Howard-Grenville teaches on the topics of organisational change, environmental sustainability, and organisational culture to executive audiences, as well on MBA, EMBA, and undergraduate courses. As Director of the Judge Business School’s PhD Programme, she also mentors and teaches PhD and Research MPhil students.

Professor Howard-Grenville currently serves as Deputy Editor for one the management field’s top journals (Academy of Management Journal), where she previously served as Associate Editor (2013-2016). She serves as an Editorial Review Board member of the Academy of Management Journal (since 2010), Administrative Science Quarterly (since 2018), Organization Science (2009-2013), and Organization & Environment (since 2011).


Organisational and social change processes; organisational culture, identity and routines; business strategies for environmental sustainability; industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis and circular economy; qualitative research methodology.

Jennifer Howard-Grenville contributes to organisation theory through in-depth studies of how people work from within to change organisations, communities, and occupations. By focusing on the processes through which people seek change, her scholarship advances theoretical understanding of organisational routines, culture, identity, and identification. She is engaged empirically in understanding organisational transitions towards environmental sustainability. 

Professor Howard-Grenville is recognised as a leading qualitative researcher with a focus on process theorising, and frequently presents on these topics at business schools, conferences and junior scholar academies. Through her research, teaching, and editorial work, she supports the development of management scholarship that considers societal grand challenges. 


Key publications: 

Cornwell, T.B., Howard-Grenville, J. and Hampel, C. (2018) "The company you keep: how an organization's horizontal partnerships affect employee organizational identification." Academy of Management Review, 43(4): 772–791 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2016.0209)

Howard-Grenville, J., Nelson, A.J., Earle, A.G., Haack, J.A. and Young, D.M. (2017) "'If chemists don't do it, who is going to?' Peer-driven occupational change and the emergence of green chemistry." Administrative Science Quarterly, 62(3): 524–560 (DOI: 10.1177/0001839217690530)

Bertels, S., Howard-Grenville, J. and Pek, S. (2016) "Cultural molding, shielding, and shoring at Oilco: the role of culture in the integration of routines." Organization Science, 27(3): 573-593 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2016.1052)

Howard-Grenville, J., Metzger, M.L. and Meyer, A.D. (2013) "Rekindling the flame: processes of identity resurrection." Academy of Management Journal, 56(1): 113-136 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.0778)

Howard-Grenville, J., Golden-Biddle, K., Irwin, J. and Mao, J. (2011) "Liminality as cultural process for cultural change." Organization Science, 22(2): 522-539 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1100.0554)

Howard-Grenville, J.A. (2007) "Developing issue-selling effectiveness over time: issue selling as resourcing." Organization Science, 18(4): 560-577 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1070.0266)

Director of the Doctoral Programme

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Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street
+44 (0)1223 765363


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industrial ecology