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Professor, Department of Management

Academic Co-Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab

University of Massachusetts, Boston





1991-Present   Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston, College of Management

                        Courses taught: Organization Theory, Strategy, Business and Society, Multinationals and Globalization, Business and Climate Change


2013- 2015     Associate Dean Graduate Programs and Research, College of Management

2010- present  Founder and Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness, UMass Boston


1998-1999       Harvard University, J. F. Kennedy School of Government

                        Faculty Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs




1987-1992       Harvard Business School, Boston, Mass.

                        Doctor of Business Administration

                        Thesis Title: The Costs of Coordinating International Production


1980-1982:      Recanati Business School, Tel Aviv University, Israel.



1976-1979:      University of Manchester (UMIST), England.

                        B.Sc. Management Science, 1st Class Honours Degree.




2017    Journal of Management Studies Best Paper award for Levy, D., Reinecke, J. and Manning (2016). The Political Dynamics of Sustainable Coffee: Contested Value Regimes and the Transformation of Sustainability.


2016     Strategic Organization 2016 SO! WHAT award winner for the best essay published in the journal five years earlier. Knox-Hayes, Janelle, and David Levy (2011). The politics of carbon disclosure as climate governance. Strategic Organization 9(1):1-9



2016  Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research, UMass Boston


2011 Aspen Institute, Business and Society Program, Faculty Pioneer Award





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Wissman-Weber, N. and D. L. Levy (2018, forthcoming). Climate Adaptation in the Anthropocene: Constructing and Contesting Urban Risk Regimes. Organization.


Munir, K., Tanoli, A., Levy, D., and Willmott, H. (2018). The Role of Intermediaries in Governance of Global Production Networks: Restructuring Work Relations in Pakistan’s Apparel Industry. Human Relations, 71(4): 560-583

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Carberry, E., Bharati, P., Levy, D., and Chaudhury, A. (2017, Forthcoming). Social Movements as Catalysts for Corporate Social Innovation: Environmental Activism and the Adoption of Green Information Systems. Business and Society. 

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Levy, D., Reinecke, J. and Manning (2016). The Political Dynamics of Sustainable Coffee: Contested Value Regimes and the Transformation of Sustainability. Journal of Management Studies, 53(3):364-401. Download


Levy, David L. and Andre Spicer (2013). Contested Imaginaries and the Cultural Political Economy of Climate Change. Organization, 20(5): 659–678 Download


Wittneben, B. B. F., Okereke, C., Banerjee, S. B., & Levy, D. L. (2012). Climate Change and the Emergence of New Organizational Landscapes. Organization Studies, 33(11): 1431-1450 Download


Bulkeley, H., Andonova, L., Bäckstrand, K., Betsill, M., Compagnon, D., Duffy, R., Kolk, A., Hoffmann, M., Levy, D., & Newell, P. (2012). Governing climate change transnationally: assessing the evidence from a database of sixty initiatives. Environment and Planning C, 30(4): 591.


Rothenberg, Sandra, and David L. Levy (2012) Corporate Perceptions of Climate Science: The Role of Corporate Environmental Scientists. Business and Society, 51(1): 31-61. Download


Levy, David L. (2011). Private Sector Governance for a Sustainable Economy: A Strategic Approach, Review of Policy Research   28(5): 487-493 Download.


Knox-Hayes, Janelle, and David Levy (2011). “The politics of carbon disclosure as climate governance.” Strategic Organization 9(1):1-9  Download.


Levy, David L., Halina S. Brown, and Martin De Jong (2010). The Contested Politics of Corporate Governance:  The Case of the Global Reporting Initiative. Business and Society Vol. 49. No. 1: 88-115. Download.


Brown, H., De Jong, M., and Levy, D. (2009). “Building Institutions Based on Information Disclosure: Lessons from GRI’s Sustainability Reporting.”  Journal of Cleaner Production 17(6): 571-580.


Kolk, Ans, David L. Levy, and Jonatan Pinkse (2008) “Corporate responses in an emerging climate regime: The institutionalization and commensuration of carbon disclosure” European Accounting Review, Vol.17, No. 4, pp. 719-745. Download.


Levy, David L. (2008) “Political Contestation in Global Production Networks”, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 33, No. 4.  Download.


Jones, Charles A. and David L. Levy (2007) “North American Business Strategies Towards Climate Change”, European Management Journal, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 428-440. Download.


Levy, David L. and Maureen Scully (2007) “The Institutional Entrepreneur as Modern Prince: The Strategic Face of Power in Contested Fields”, Organization Studies, Vol. 28, No. 7, pp. 971-991. Download. 


Levy, David L. and David Terkla (2007) “Clean Energy in Massachusetts”, Benchmarks, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 13-18.  Download. 


Levy, David L. (2005) “Offshoring in the New Global Political Economy”, Journal of Management Studies Vol. 42, No. 3. Download.


Levy, David L. and Aseem Prakesh (2003) “Bargains Old and New: Multinationals in International Governance”, Business and Politics Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 131-151. Download.

(reprinted in Thomas Clarke and Marie Dela Rama, eds., 2006, Corporate Governance and Globalization. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage)

(reprinted in Peter M. Haas, ed., 2008, International Environmental Governance. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing)


Levy, David L. and Daniel Egan (2003) “A Neo-Gramscian Approach to Corporate Political Strategy: Conflict and Accommodation in the Climate Change Negotiations”, Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 803-30. Download.


Levy, David L. and Peter Newell (2002)  Business Strategy and International Environmental Governance: Toward a Neo-Gramscian Synthesis” Global Environmental Politics. Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 84-101.  Downloadspacer.


Levy, David L. and Ans Kolk (2002) “Strategic Responses to Global Climate Change: Conflicting Pressures on Multinationals in the Oil Industry” Business and Politics. Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 275-300. Download.

(reprinted in Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten, eds., 2007, Corporate Social Responsibility, Vol. 3. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage)


Kolk, Ans and David L. Levy (October 2001) “Winds of Change: Corporate Strategy, Climate Change and Oil Multinationals, European Management Journal, Vol. 19, No. 5, pp. 501-509. Download.


Levy, David L. and Peter Newell (2000) “Oceans apart? Business responses to the environment in Europe and North America”, Environment, Vol. 42, No. 9 (November) pp. 8-20. Download.


Levy, David L. and Daniel Egan (1998). "Capital Contests: National and Transnational Channels of Corporate Influence on the Climate Change Negotiations", Politics and Society, Vol. 26, No. 3 (September), pp. 335-359.  Download.


Levy, David L. (1997). "Environmental Management as Political Sustainability", Organization and Environment, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 126-147. Download pdf file.


Levy, David L. (1997). "Business and International Environmental Treaties". California Management Review, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Spring), pp. 54-71. Download.


Levy, David  L. (1997). "Lean Production in an International Supply Chain", Sloan Management Review, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Winter), pp. 94-102   Download.

Reprinted in: Smart Globalization: Designing Global Strategies, Creating Global Networks." Editors: Anil K. Gupta and Eleanor Westney. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, Feb 2003)


Levy, David L. (1995) "The Environmental Practices and Performance of TNCs", Transnational Corporations, Vol. 4, No. 1 (April), pp. 44-68  Download.


Levy, David L. (1995) "International Sourcing and Supply Chain Stability", Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 343-360  Download.

Reprinted in Global Supply Chain Management, Vol. 2, Masaaki Kotabe and Michael J. Mol (eds.), Edward Elgar (2006).


Levy, David L. (1994), "Chaos Theory and Strategy: Theory, Application, and Managerial Implications", Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 15 (Summer), pp. 167-178.  Download.

Reprinted in Complexity and Organization (2006). Edited by Robert MacIntosh, Donald Maclean, Ralph Stacey and Douglas Griffin. London: Routledge.


Levy, David L. with John D. Dunning (1993), "International Production and Sourcing: Trends and Issues", Science, Technology, and Industry Review, No. 13 (December), pp. 14-59  Download.

Reprinted in Global Supply Chain Management, Vol. 1, M. Kotabe and M. J. Mol (eds.), Edward Elgar (2006).




Levy, David L. and Peter J. Newell, Editors, (2005) Business in International Environmental Governance: A Political Economy Approach. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Download Introduction as pdf file.


Begg, Kathryn, Frans van der Woerd, and David L. Levy, Editors, (forthcoming, 2004) Corporate Responses to Climate Change. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing





Levy, David L. and Palpacuer, Florence (2017). Global Production Networks and the Changing Corporation. In: The Corporation: A Critical, Interdisciplinary Handbook. Edited by Andre Spicer and Grietje Baars. Cambridge University Press. Download


Levy, David L. (2015). Strategy, Power and Practice, in  Raza Mir, Hugh Willmott, Michelle Greenwood, Editors, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies. (Routledge: New York) Download


Knox-Hayes, Janelle and David Levy (2014) The Political Economy of Governance by Disclosure: Carbon Disclosure and Nonfinancial reporting as Contested Fields of Governance. In Aarti Gupta and Michael Mason (eds.) Transparency in Global Environmental Governance (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press). Pp. 204-224


Levy, David L. and Sandra Rothenberg (2014) The Role of Corporate Scientists and Institutional Context: Corporate Responses to Climate Change in the Automobile Industry. In Neil Harrison and John Mikler (eds.) Climate Innovation: Liberal Capitalism and Climate Change (Palgrave Macmillan) Ch. 5.


Levy, David L. (2012) Private actors and strategies in global environmental governance: The role of information disclosure. In Peter Dauvergne, ed., Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (2nd edition). London: Edward Elgar. pp.308-318


Levy, David L. and Halina Brown (2012) The Global Reporting Initiative: The Promise and Limitations of Non-Financial Reporting for Corporate Governance. In Peter Utting, Darryl Reed, and Ananya Mukherjee-Reed (eds). Business Regulation and Non-State Actors. London: Routledge. pp. 109-122


Levy, David L. and Benyamin Lichtenstein (2012) Approaching Business and the Environment with Complexity Theory. In Bansal, P . and Hoffman, A. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 591-610  Download


Levy, David L. and Halina Brown. (2011) The Global Reporting Initiative: Collaboration and conflict in the development of non-financial reporting. In Subhash Jain and Ben Kedia (eds.), Enhancing Global Competitiveness through Sustainable Environmental Stewardship. London: Edward Elgar


Levy, David L. (2011) “Environmentalism” In: Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies. Edited by Mark Tadajewski, Pauline Maclaran, Elizabeth Parsons and Martin Parker. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. pp. 108-114 Download


Charles A. Jones and David L. Levy (2009. “Business Strategies and Climate Change”. In Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer (eds.), Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking and Multilevel Governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press Download.


Levy, David L. and Rami Kaplan (2008) "Corporate Social Responsibility and Theories of Global Governance: Strategic Contestation in Global Issue Arenas". In A. Crane, A. McWilliams, D. Matten, J. Moon, and D. Siegel (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  Download.


Levy, David L. and Peter J. Newell (2006) “Multinationals in Global Governance”, in Sushil Vachani, ed., Transformations in Global Governance: Implications for Multinationals and Other Stakeholders (London: Edward Elgar). Download.


Newell, Peter J. and David L. Levy (2006) “The Political Economy of the Firm in Global Environmental Governance” in May, Chris (Ed.) Global Corporate Power (IPE Yearbook, Vol. 15). (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner) Download.


Kolk, Ans and David L. Levy (2004) “Multinationals and Global Climate Change: Issues for the Automotive and Oil Industries” in Sarianna Lundan (ed.), Multinationals, environment and global competition, Research in Global Strategic Management, Vol. 9, Oxford, UK. JAI an imprint of Elsevier Science.


Levy, David L., Mats Alvesson and Hugh Willmott, (2003) “Critical approaches to strategic management.” in Mats Alvesson and Hugh Willmott (eds.) Studying Management Critically  (Newbury Park, Cal.: Sage)



Levy, David L. and Sandra Rothenberg (2002) “Heterogeneity and change in environmental strategy: technological and political responses to climate change in the automobile industry. In Andrew Hoffman and Marc Ventresca, eds., Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives, pp. 173-193 (Stanford: Stanford University Press).  Download.


Egan, Daniel and Levy, David L. (2000) “International Environmental Politics and the Internationalization of the State: The Cases of MAI and Climate Change”, in Dimitris Stevis and Valerie Ansetto, eds., The International Political Economy of the Environment. Vol. 12 of the International Political Economy Yearbook (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers)


Levy, David L. (2000) "Applications and Limitations of Complexity Theory in Organization Theory and Strategy", in Jack Rabin, Gerald J. Miller, and W. Bartley Hildreth (editors), Handbook of Strategic Management, Second Edition (New York: Marcel Dekker)  Download.


Levy, David L. and Egan, Daniel (2000) "Corporate Political Action in the Global Polity: National and Transnational Strategies in the Climate Change Negotiations" in Richard Higgott, Geoffrey Underhill, and Andreas Beiler (editors) Globalisation and Non-state Actors (London: Routledge) Download.


Non-Refereed Articles, Reports, Book Reviews, and Working Papers


Levy, David L./Sustainable Solutions Lab (2018) Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks. Download


Levy, David L. (2012)  Book review of Climate Capitalism by Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson for Ephemera, 12:1/2 (253-258)


Levy, David L. (2011) Private Sector Governance for a Sustainable Economy: A Strategic Approach. Boston University, Pardee Center Task Force Report: Beyond Rio + 20: Governance for a Green Economy. March 2011.


Levy, David L. (2011) Climate change, corporate change: shifting business models towards the climate agenda. Transparency International


Levy, David L. (2011)  Book review of Challenged by Carbon, Cambridge University Press, by Bryan Lovell, for International Affairs, 87: 2: 13-14


Levy, David L. (2011) “Business and Climate Change beyond Copenhagen”,

Newsletter of AoM Organizations and Natural Environment Division, Feb. 2010


Levy, David L. and Charles A. Jones (2006) U.S. Business Strategies and Climate Change”, in Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer (eds.) Climate Change Politics in North America: The State of Play (pp. 73-84). Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Canada Institute, Occasional Papers Series, No. 2.

Reprinted in The Encyclopedia of Earth:


Levy, David L. (2005) “The Passion, Prescience, and Politics of The End of Nature.Organization and Environment, Vol. 18, No. 2 pp. 177-182. Download.


Levy, David L. and David Terkla (2005) Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Jobs in Massachusetts. Report Commissioned by the Mass. Renewable Energy Trust.






2016    Collaborator on City of Boston-Barr Foundation grants through Sustainable Solutions Lab. $330,000. Climate Ready Boston Phase 2: Finance and Governance - Evaluation and Recommendations. Leader of Finance sub-group. Grant is supporting 2 PhD students, Nichole Weber and Steve Loren. On steering committee for SSL Harbor Protection study, $300,000 City of Boston/Barr Foundation project.


2016   Co-PI. Agency: NOAA COCA: Ecosystem Services for a Resilient Coast in a Changing Climate. Award NA16OAR4310154. Title: Improving the environment while protecting our coasts: A holistic accounting of ecosystem services of “Green Infrastructure and Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF)” in an urbanized coastal environment. PI: Ellen Douglas. Total Budget: $279,000. Duration Aug 2016 to Jul 2018


2013    Co-PI on $3.1 million NSF Division of Graduate Ed. IGERT Grant: Coasts and Communities: Natural and Human Systems in Urbanizing Environments. PI: Robyn Hannigan, School for Environment. NSF EDGE: 1249946. Duration: 09/01/13 to 08/31/18. College of Management and SERC are partners, and funded PhD students will integrate business, science, and policy in research on complex environmental policy.


2005   Awarded grant from NESCAUM (North East States for Coordinated Air Use Management) to study business and economic impact of regional carbon trading system.


2001   Awarded grant from Mass. Technology Collaborative/Renewable Energy Trust Fund, through campus STEP program, to research public role in stimulating region’s renewable energy industry. $200,000


1998: One-year Research Fellowship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


1999: Summer. Visiting Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


1998: Awarded $30,000 from the Consortium on Environmental Challenges, MIT, to research corporate strategic responses to the emerging greenhouse gas regime




Membership of Professional Governance Bodies, Editorial and Advisory Boards


Associate Editor Business and Society. Member of editorial boards of Organization, Organization and Environment, and Critical Perspectives on International Business.


September 2002 till present: Member, International Advisory Board of the New Zealand Centre for Business and Sustainable Development


Guest editor of Organization and Environment, 2005, Vol. 18, No. 2, special issue on 15th anniversary of publication of Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature.


Occasional reviewer for National Science Foundation, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Human Relations, Organization, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, California Management Review, Global Environmental Politics, Business and Politics, Review of International Political Economy, Transnational Corporations, International Business Review, Regulation and Governance, Social Forces, Business and Society.