Lundquist's Howard-Grenville named 2013 Stewart Professor

Jennifer Howard-Grenville
Jennifer Howard-Grenville

The Lundquist College of Business has honored associate professor of management Jennifer Howard-Grenville as the 2013 Thomas C. Stewart Distinguished Professor.

The endowment, created by Tom Stewart, ’72, rewards faculty whose accomplishments lead to distinction at a world-class level.

A two-time winner of the James R. Reinmuth MBA Teaching Excellence Award, Howard-Grenville is also a prolific author and coauthor, having published seven articles in refereed journals since 2010 and three books since 2000.

Her research areas include microprocesses of organizational and institutional change; business and the natural environment; and technology and organizational change. She is particularly interested in how people change their organizations in response to environmental and social demands.

Each year, students in Howard-Grenville’s industrial ecology course provide consulting services to local and regional nonprofits, including a 2010 project in Salem, Oregon, that was part of the University of Oregon's nationally recognized Sustainable Cities Initiative.

Her nomination – from fellow management faculty Alan Meyer and Michael Russo, as well as department head James Terborg – sums up Howard-Grenville’s approach: "Jen’s engine (a hybrid, of course) is hitting on all cylinders now, and her record clearly meets the lofty goals of the Stewart Award."

She continues to drive new ideas and knowledge. Currently on Howard-Grenville's desk are two collaborative research projects examining the ways in which companies and other organizations are adopting more sustainable practices.

“My work is about how people make change,” Howard-Grenville said. “Within organizations, occupations, and communities, usually around something they care deeply about, like the environment.”

Howard-Grenville received her doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her master's degree at Oxford University and her bachelor's degree at Queen’s University, Canada.

- from UO's Lundquist College of Business