Mike Lenox__F3B3144My research is in the domain of technology strategy and policy with a particular interest in the dynamics of competition. I study the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in economic growth and firm competitive success with a particular interest in sustainability. My book, “Can Business Save the Earth? Innovating Our Way to Sustainability” from Stanford University Press, nicely captures the intesection of my interests in business strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, and policy and sustsinability.

In general, my research evolves around two related streams.

The first stream is in the domain of technology strategy and explores the business strategy and public policy drivers of the direction of innovative activity. This stream of work has three main elements: I study mechanisms that facilitate absorption of extramural knowledge such as R&D alliances, technological licensing, and new venture investment; I also examine internal structures and strategies that affect the transfer of extramural knowledge within the firm. I have also explored the effect of interdependencies on innovation and entrepreneurship at the industry level.

My second stream is at the interface between business strategy and public policy as it relates to the natural environment. This work draws upon emerging scholarship on the institutional, or non-market, strategies of firms and explores the prospects for industry self-regulation especially in the environmental realm. My institutional strategy research stream has two major elements: I examine the conditions under which firms have incentives to self-regulate; I also study private institutions that firms create to facilitate self-regulation in the face of collective action difficulties and information asymmetry problems. My most recent work marries my two streams of research and explores firm strategies and non-traditional public policies that have the potential to drive “green” innovation and entrepreneurship.

Please use the links below to see a list of my papers on each of these topics.

Technology Strategy

Greentech Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Interdependency and Industry Evolution

New Ventures as a Source of Extramural Knowledge

Internal Transfer of Extramural Knowledge

Prospects for Industry Self-Regulation

Activists and Environmental Self-Regulation

Collective Attempts at Environmental Self-Regulation

Private Incentives to Environmental Self-Regulation

Incorporating Environmental Concerns into Product Design

  • Lenox, Michael, Andrew King, & John Ehrenfeld. 2000. “An Assessment of Design-for-Environment Practices in Leading U.S. Electronics Firms.Interfaces. 30(3): 83-94.
  • Lenox, Michael & John Ehrenfeld. 1997. “Organizing for Effective Environmental Design.” Business Strategy & Environment. 6(4): 187-196.
  • Lenox, Michael & John Ehrenfeld. 1997. “The Development & Implementation of DfE Programs.” Journal of Sustainable Product Design. 1(1): 17-27.
  • Lenox, Michael & John Ehrenfeld. 1995. “Design for Environment: A New Framework for Strategic Decisions.” Environmental Quality Management. 4(4): 37-52.
  • Lenox, Michael, Ben Jordan, & John Ehrenfeld. 1996. “Design for Environment: A Survey of Current Practice.” Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Electronics & Environment. Dallas, TX. May, 1996.

Assessment of Firm Environmental Risks and Performance

  • Lenox, Michael & Yacov Haimes. 1996. “The Constrained Extremal Distribution Selection Method (A Method for Assessing the Risk of Hazardous Material Accidents at U.S. Facilities).” Risk Analysis. 16(2): 161-176.