Sandra Rothenberg, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, Saunders College Institute for Business Ethics, Zutes Fellow

Office Location: LOW-3313

Office Phone: 585-475-6032

Fax: 585-475-5989

Email:
srothenberg@saunders.rit.edu

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Meet Sandra

Sandra Rothenberg is a Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology's Philip E. Saunders College of Business in the Department of Management, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Public Policy, and Director of the Institute for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, MS in Technology and Policy from MIT, and BS in Bioengineering from Syracuse University. Professor Rothenberg teaches in the areas of Organizational Behavior, Business and Society, and Sustainable Management. Her research focuses on business ethics, sustainable business, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and business and public policy; the research has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business and Society. Prior to joining RIT, she also worked as a research associate for the Harvard Global Environmental Assessment Program, U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, and MIT Technology, Business and Environment program.


Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information


Staff Assistant: Karen St. George
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6042
Education
  • Ph.D. in Organization Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
  • M.S. in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992
  • B.S. in Bioengineering from Syracuse University, 1990
Expertise [expertise maps]
  • Business and government relations
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Ethics: business and society
  • Organizational theory
  • Qualitative methods
Memberships
  • Academy of Management
  • International Association for Business and Society
Awards
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2011
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2010
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2008
  • Zutes Fellowship, Saunders College of Business - - 2008
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2007
  • Highly Commended Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2007 for knowledge transfer and the knowledge disconnect, Emerald Literati Network - - 2007
  • Nominated for 2006-2007 Distance Learning Exemplary Teaching Award sponsored by Online Learning, RIT, 2007, RIT - - 2007
  • Recognition from Disability Services Office, RIT - - 2006
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2006
  • Nominated for 2005-2006 Distance Learning Exemplary Teaching Award sponsored by Online Learning, RIT - - 2006
  • Chosen as All Academy Symposium: Talkin' 'bout a Revolution: Activism and Management in the 21st Century, Academy of Management - - 2005
  • Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship, Sloan Foundation - - 2005
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2005
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2004
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2003
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2002
  • Finalist, Eisenhart Teaching Award, Rochester Institute of Technology - - 2002
  • MCB University Press Award for Excellence, Outstanding Paper in the 2000 volume, MCB University - - 2000
  • Chosen as Showcase Symposium: Environmental Innovation Across Firm Boundaries: Supply Chain Dynamics and Environmental Performance. Organizer and Chair., Academy of Management Conference, Toronto, Cananda - - 2000
  • Organizational and Management Theory Jr. Faculty Consortium Participant, Academy of Management - - 2000
  • Harvard Global Environmental Assessment Post Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard University - - 1998
  • Social Issues in Management Doctoral Consortium Participant, Academy of Management - - 1997
  • ONE Interest Group Service Award, Academy of Management - - 1997
  • Organizational and Management Theory Doctoral Consortium Participant, Academy of Management - - 1996
  • Alumni Award for Excellence and Leadership in Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - - 1992
  • Bernard Rabinowitz Fellowship for Leadership and Service, MIT - - 1991
  • Syracuse Scholar, 12 chosen out of entire graduating class at Syracuse University, Syracuse University - - 1986
Research

Journal Articles

  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (2012). Corporate Perceptions of Climate Science: The Role of Corporate Environmental Scientists. Business and Society, 51 (1), 31-61.
  • Rothenberg, S., Bousquin, J., Gambeta, E., & Esterman, M. (2012). Life Cycle Assessment in the Print Industry: A Critical Review. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16 (1), S195S205.
  • Tang, Z., Hull, C., & Rothenberg, S. (2012). How Corporate Social Responsibility Engagement Strategy Moderates the CSRFinancial Performance Relationship. Journal of Management Studies, 49 (7), 1274-1303.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Ettlie, J. (2011). Strategies to Cope with Regulatory Uncertainty in the Auto Industry: Platform and Functional Integration. California Management Review, 54 (1).
  • Tang, Z., & Rothenberg, S. (2009). Does perceptual acuity matter? An investigation of entrepreneurial orientation, perceptual acuity, and firm performance. Journal of Enterprising Culture, 17 (1), 79-102.
  • Rothenberg, S., Winebrake, J., Luo, J., & Green, E. (2008). Automotive Transportation in China: Technology, Policy, Market Dynamics and Sustainability. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 2 (4), 213-233.
  • Rothenberg, S., Zygliodopoulos, S., & Fleming, P. (2008). Rationalization, Overcompensation and the Escalation of Corruption in Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics, (84), 65-73.
  • Rothenberg, S., Hira, R., & Tang, Z. (2008). Printing Industry Offshoring: Perspectives from U.S. Based Printers. Outsourcing: An International Journal, 1 (1).
  • Rothenberg, S., & Hull, C. (2008). Firm Performance: The interactions of corporate social performance with innovation and industry differentiation. Strategic Management Journal, 29 (), 781-789.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2007). Environmental Managers as Institutional Entrepreneurs: The Influence of Institutional and Technical Pressures on Waste Management. Journal of Business Research, 60 (), 749-757.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Zygliodopoulos, S. (2006). Determinants of environmental innovation adoption in the printing industry: the importance of task environment. Business, Strategy and the Environment, 16 (1), 39 - 49.
  • Rothenberg, S., Foos, T., & Schum, G. (2006). Tacit knowledge transfer and the knowledge disconnect. Journal of Knowledge Management, 10 (1).
  • Rothenberg, S., Schenck, B., & Maxwell, J. (2005). Lessons From Benchmarking Environmental Performance at Automobile Assembly Plants. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 12 (1).
  • Rothenberg, S., & Becker, M. (2004). Technical Assistance Programs and The Diffusion of Environmental Technologies in the Printing Industry: The Case of SMEs. Business and Society, 43 (4), 366-397.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2003). Knowledge Content and Worker Participation in Environmental Management at NUMMI. Journal of Management Studies, 40 (7).
  • Rothenberg, S., & Pil, F. (2003). Environmental Performance as a Driver of Superior Organizational Performance. Journal of Operations and Production Management, 12 (3), 1-12.
  • Rothenberg, S., Barragan, S., Cappellino, C., & Dempsey, N. (2003). A Framework for Sourcing Product Development Services. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 8 (3).
  • Rothenberg, S., Pil, F., & Maxwell, J. (2001). Lean, Green and the Quest for Superior Performance. Journal of Production and Operations Management, 10 (3).
  • Rothenberg, S., & Geffen, C. (2000). Suppliers and Environmental Innovations. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, ().
  • Rothenberg, S., Maxwell, J., Forrest, B., & Marcus, A. (1997). Green Schemes: Comparing environmental strategies and their implementation. California Management Review, ().
  • Rothenberg, S., & Maxwell, J. (1997). Industry Response to the Banning of CFCs: Mapping the Paths of Technological Change. Technology Studies, 4 (2).
  • Rothenberg, S., Maxwell, J., & Marcus, A. (1993). Issues in the Implementation of Proactive Environmental Strategies. Business, Strategy and the Environment, 1 (4), 1.

Proceedings

  • Rothenberg, S., Atahlye, S., Govindarajan, S., Lopez, C., & Esterman, M. (2009). Challenges In Incorporating Sustainability into Product Development: An Exploratory Study. Proceedings of 2009 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences. San Diego,CA.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Becker, M. (2003). The Evolution of Experimental Environmental Programs in the Printing Industry. International Association for Business and Society.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Scully, M. (2002). Identity Formation in the Mobilization of the Wealthy in the Firght for Income Equity. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Association for Business and Society, 57-61..
  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (2001). Corporate Responses to Climate Change: The Role of Internal Scientists as Institutional Entrepreneurs. Conference Proceedings for the IABS Conference, 2001: Sustainable Scholarship, Sedona, AZ.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Zygliodopoulos, S. (2001). The Move to Environmental Services: Understanding Environmental Strategy through the Lens of Cognitive Dissonance. Proceedings for IABS Conference, 2001: Sustainable Scholarship, Sedona, AZ, 148.

Magazine Articles

  • Rothenberg, S., & Cost, F. (2008). Lean Manufacturing in Small and Medium Sized Printers. Georgia Printer, 38-41.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Mross, D. (2007). Formulation and Implementation of Environmental Strategies: A Comparison of U.S. and German Printing Firms. Environmental Quality Management, 55-68.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2007). Sustainability Through Servicizing. Sloan Management Review.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Scully, M. (2007). Rolls-Royce Radicals. Stanford Social Innovation Review.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Becker, M. (2003). Pictorial Offset Corporation: Simultaneous ISO 9002 and 14001 Registration. International Journal of Corporate Sustainability.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Maxwell, J. (1995). Extending the Umbrella of Social Concern: Volvo’s Strategic Approach to Environmental Management. Corporate Environmental Strategy.

Book Chapters

  • Rothenberg, R., & Stanley, M. (2004). Public Environmental Accountability: From Information to Action. In Robert W. Rutledge and Khondkar E. Karim (editors), Environmental Disclosure Practices and Financial Performance. Greenwood Publishing Group Inc. 2004 (pp. ). Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (2002). Heterogeneity and Change in Environmental Strategy: Technological and political responses to climate change in the global auto industry. In Andrew J. Hoffman and Marc J. Ventresca (editors), Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives, Stanford University Press, 2002 (pp. ). Stanford University Press.
  • Rothenberg, S. (1998). The Saturn Experience: Developing Habitual Routines in Manufacturing Teams. Managing Green Teams: Environmental Change in Organisations and Networks (pp. ). Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Rothenberg, S., Lenox, M., Jordan, B., & Field, F. (1998). Alpha Motors, LTD.: Integrating Life Cycle Concerns into Product Design (Case with Teaching Note). World Resources Institute (1998) (pp. ). .

Presentations

  • Rothenberg, S. (2013). New Directions in Sustainability Research. Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Zyglidopolous, S. (2013). Learning to Bribe - A Behavioral Approach. International Association for Business and Society.
  • Zyglidopolous, S., & Rothenberg, S. (2012). Corporate Bribing: A Behavioral Theory Approach. Niagara University - International Conference Promoting Business Ethics.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Zyglidopolous, S. (2010). Cognitive Dissonance as a Driver of Corporate Social Responsibility. Academy of Management.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2008). Interviews and Industry Studies. Sloan Industry Center Conference, Sloan Foundation.
  • Rothenberg, S., Scully, M., & Tang, Z. (2007). Mobilizing the Wealthy to Contest Income Inequality. MIT Sloan School Organization Studies Paper Seminar, Sloan School of Managent.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Zyglidopolous, S. (2007). Cognitive Dissonance as a Driver of Corporate Social Performance: A Meso-Theoretical Model. International Association for Business and Society 2007, International Association for Business and Society.
  • Rothenberg, S., Winebrake, J., & Luo, J. (2006). Sustainability and Transportation in China: A Research Agenda for IMVP. International Motor Vehicle Researchers Meeting.
  • Rothenberg, S., Hira, R., & Tang, Z. (2006). Printing Industry Offshoring: Perspectives from U.S. Based Printers. RIT Printing Industry Center Sponsors Meeting.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Zyglidopolous, S. (2006). Rationalization, Overcompensation and the Escalation of Corruption in Organizations. 13th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics.
  • Rothenberg, S., Khazanchi, S., & Slay, H. (2006). Creativity in the Printing Industry. RIT Printing Industry Center Sponsors Meeting.
  • Rothenberg, S., Hira, R., & Tang, Z. (2006). Offshore Opportunities & Competition: Results of a Survey of PIA/GATF Members. China Print, PIA/GATF.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Hull, C. (2006). The Interactions of Corporate Social Performance with Innovation and Industrial Differentiation. Academy of Management.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Hull, C. (2005). FIRM PERFORMANCE:THE INTERACTION OF ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITY AND CORPORATE SOCIAL PERFORMANCE. EDGE 2005, Singapore Management University.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Slay, H. (2005). Negotiation of the Activist Identity in the Workplace. Academy of Management.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2005). Selling Small and Smart: A New Vision of the Sustainable Enterprise in the 21st Century. Academy of Management.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2005). Thoughts on Qualitative Research in ONE. Academy of Management.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2005). Selling Small and Smart: A New Vision of the Sustainable Enterprise in the 21st Century. Sloan Industry Studies Workshop, Sloan Foundation.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2005). Current and Proposed Sustainability Research at RIT. International Motor Vehicle Program Researchers Meeting.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Becker, M. (2004). Technical Assistance and The Diffusion of Environmental Technologies in the Printing Industry: The case of SMEs. Academy of Management.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Winebrake, J. (2004). IMVP and Sustainability: Exploring a Research Agenda. Inernational Motor Vehicle Program Annual Researchers Meeting.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Zyglidopolous, S. (2004). Environmental Innovation Adoption in the Printing Industry: The Role of Task Environment. Academy of Management.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2004). Environmental Performance and Management in Lean Manufacturing: A Summary of Research Findings in the Automotive Industry. Society of Automotive Engineers 2004 World Congress.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Scully, M. (2003). Mobilization of the Wealthy to Contest Income Inequality. Cornell Organizational Behavior Seminar, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Becker, M. (2003). The Evolution of Experimental Environmental Programs in the Printing Industry. International Association for Business and Society.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Pil, F. (2003). LEAN, GREEN, AND THE QUEST FOR SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE. International Motor Vehicle Program Annual Researcher's Conference.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2002). Lean, Green and the Quest for Superior Environmental Performance. RIT College of Business Workshop Series on Quality.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Scully, M. (2002). Mobilization of the Wealthy to Contest Income Inequality. Conference on Social Movements and Organizations, University of Michigan.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Scully, M. (2002). The Embarrassment of Riches: Identity Formation in the Mobilization of the Wealthy in the Fight Against Income Inequality. Academy of Management.
  • Rothenberg, S., Barragan, S., Cappellino, C., & Dempsey, N. (2001). Strategic Sourcing of Product Development Services: Development of a Decision Making Framework. Product and Process Leadership Conference.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2001). Corporate Responses to Environmental Challenges: The Case of Climate Science and the Automobile Industry. University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics Science and Technology Seminar.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Geffen, C. (2000). Supplier Involvement in Environmental Innovation: The Automotive Paint Process. Academy of Management Conference.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2000). Knowledge content and Worker Participation in Environmental Management: A Case Study of NUMMI. Academy of Management Conference.
  • Rothenberg, S. (2000). Environmental Innovation Across Firm Boundaries: Supply Chain Dynamics and Environmental Performance. 2000 Academy of Management Conference.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (2000). An Institutional Approach to Strategic Heterogeneity: The Automobile Industry’s Response to Climate Change in the US and Europe. Organizations, Policy, and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (2000). Strategic Responses to Climate Change in the Automobile Industry: An International Comparison. Year 2000 Conference-Kyoto Compliance Review, 11th Global Warming International Conference and Expo.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (1999). The Response of the Automobile Industry to Climate Science. Global Environmental Assessment Research Workshop, Harvard University.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (1999). Corporate Strategic Reactions to Climate Change Science. The Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community.
  • Rothenberg, S. (1999). Different Smokes for Different Folks: A Comparative Study of Paint Shop Waste Management. Academy of Management Conference.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (1999). Corporate Responses to the Emerging Climate Change Regime: Institutional Dynamics and National Differences. International Institutions: Global Processes, Domestic Processes, Duke University.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Levy, D. (1999). Corporate Responses to the Emerging Climate Change Regime: Institutional and Economic Determinants of Strategy in the Automobile Industry. Academy of Management Conference.
  • Rothenberg, S., & Randis, G. (1998). Is Having ’More' What Matters Most? A Group Exploration of the Implications of a Simpler Lifestyle. Academy of Management: What Matters Most.
  • Rothenberg, S. (1997). Is Lean Green? A Review of Initial Research Findings. MIT Technology, Business and Environment Program Research Seminar.
  • Rothenberg, S. (1997). Sustainable Development Across Firm Boundaries: The Critical Role of Suppliers in Environmental Innovations. Developing Sustainability: New Dialogue, New Approaches, 6th International Greening of Industry Network.
  • Rothenberg, S. (1997). Too Much on Your Mind? Exploring the Use of Attention Theory in Organizational Analysis. Academy of Management: Current Issues that Call for Action.
  • Rothenberg, S. (1997). Bringing Women Back (?) In: The Influence of Feminist Perspectives on Environmental Analysis. Academy of Management: Current Issues that Call for Action.
  • Rothenberg, S., Isaacs, J., Maxwell, J., & Oye, K. (1996). Environmental Performance of Automotive Assembly Plants: An Interim Report. IMVP Researchers' Meeting.
  • Rothenberg, S. (1996). The Relationahip Between Participative Human Resource Practices and Environmental Performance. International Motor Vehicle Program Annual Meeting.
  • Rothenberg, S. (1995). Exploring the Relationship Between Human Resource Practices and Environmental Management: An Attention Based Perspective. Research and Practice: Learning to Build Sustainable Industries for Sustainable Societies, 4th International Greening of Industry Network.

Research Grant


  • 2013: Rothenberg, S., Joan Rothenberg Family Foundation.

  • 2006: Rothenberg, S., Winebrake, J., & Hawker, S., Collaborative Research: Implications of Automotive Greenhouse Gas Policies on Material Flows - A Life Cycle Approach Integrating Engineering, Public Policy, and Market Behavior. $715,363.00 awarded

  • 2006: Rothenberg, S., & Winebrake, J., Implications of Automotive Greenhouse Gas Policies on Material Flows. $10,000.00 awarded

  • 2005: Hull, C., & Rothenberg, S., The Impact of HRM on Social Performance. $22,300.00 awarded

  • 2005: Rothenberg, S., & Winebrake, J., The Automobile Industry and Climate Change in China. $22,000.00 awarded

  • 2004: Rothenberg, S., Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship. $40,000.00 awarded

  • 2001: Rothenberg, S., & Pil, P., Environmental Performance and Quality in Automobile Manufacturing Plants. $10,000.00 awarded

Working Paper


  • 2013: Tang, Z., & Rothenberg, S., Community Irresponsibility: Is It the Opposite of Community Responsibility?.

  • 2013: Rothenberg, S., Hull, C., & Tang, Z., THE IMPACT OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ON CORPORATE SOCIAL PERFORMANCE STRENGTHS AND CONCERNS.

  • 2008: Rothenberg, S., Scully, M., & Tang, Z., Mobilizing the Wealthy To Contest Economic Inequality.