Assistant Professor, Department of Business, Government and Society | The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX, US
Political economy, non-market strategy, business and politics, and corporate social responsibility
Areas of Expertise (5)
Industry Expertise (4)
- Financial Services
- International Trade and Development
- Public Policy
- Political Organization
Brian Richter is an Assistant Professor in the Business, Government and Society Department at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
He is an interdisciplinary scholar primarily interested in improving the collective understanding of firms' interactions with governments and other non-market (societal and legal) actors and institutions. His academic research publications appear in leading journals in the management discipline (e.g. the Strategic Management Journal), the political science discipline (e.g. the American Journal of Political Science), and the economics discipline (e.g. the American Economic Journal; Applied Economics). He has also made his work accessible through pieces in highly regarded academic-practioner journals (e.g. the Harvard Business Review and the California Management Review).
Before joining the faculty at UT-Austin, he was an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics, and Public Policy faculty at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Outside academia, he has worked in both the public and private sectors, in the U.S. and abroad, including time with the Federal Reserve (in Washington and San Francisco), the Central Intelligence Agency (in Langley), Nomura Securities (in New York), and Sanwa Bank (in Tokyo).
David Wenger , Director of Communications | McCombs School of Business
Brian has unique insight into the intersection of politics and business. He provides interesting commentary on matters that aren't always obvious or commonly known.
University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management: Ph.D., Global Economics and Management 2010
Dissertation: "Essays in Political Economy and Finance".
University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management: C.Phil., Management 2009
University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management: M.A., Economics 2007
University of California San Diego: M.P.I.A., Asian Markets and Economies 2004
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management: S.B., Management Science 2002
Media Appearances (3)
Case Study: Do Business and Politics Mix?
Harvard Business Review online
As soon as Harold Leeson, the CEO of Natural Foods, pulled into the parking lot of his company’s headquarters, his phone rang. It was Kenneth King, one of his board members. Harold braced himself before answering. “This is a total mess,” Ken said immediately. “I know,” Harold replied, exhaustion creeping into his voice. “But our publicity team is telling me it’s going to calm down soon — people will forget about it.”...
Obama uses fuzzy math to blame Bush for GM losses
Washington Times online
But Brian Richter, an economist at the University of Texas, said such studies miss the key question of whether a company would have performed better ultimately without the government handout. He studied the impact on Chrysler and said the automaker would have been better off without the federal intervention, primarily because consumers are wary of buying from a company receiving a bailout.
Chrysler Might Have Done Better Without Bailout, Study Says
The study by economist Brian Kelleher Richter and colleagues Adam Fremeth and Guy L.F. Holburn is hardly likely to settle the debate over whether the Obama administration should have poured billions of dollars into the auto industry, which just happens to be concentrated in the key presidential election states of Michigan and Ohio.
Event Appearances (5)
Midwest Political Science Association Conference
Panel Presenter; Panel Chair Chicago, IL
Strategic Management Society Annual Conference
Panel Presenter Madrid, Spain
American Political Science Association Conference
Panel Presenter Washington, DC
Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Panel Presenter Philadelphia, PA
International Society of New Institutional Economics Conference
Panel Presenter Duke University Law School, Durham, NC
Research Focus (2)
Rethinking Political Activity at Target
With Anisha George
The focus of the case is on understanding firms’ campaign contributions and lobbying strategies — and their limits.
El Coyote Mexican Cafe in the Wake of Proposition 8
with Anisha George
The restaurant faced criticism from pro-gay rights activists after the manager (the daughter of the owner) made a personal donation to support California Ballot Proposition 8, which activists associated with the restaurant rather than the individual. The case transpires over an eight-day period from November 4, 2008, which was the election day when the ballot proposition passed, to November 12, 2008, which was when the manager held an open breakfast at El Coyote to publicly discuss the issue.
Strategic Management Journal (Conditionally Accepted)
Strategic Management Society 2014 Best Conference Paper Prize, Honorable Mention.
We introduce item response theory (IRT) to management and strategy research. IRT explicitly models firms’ and individuals’ observable actions in order to measure unobserved, latent characteristics.
Annual Review of Political Science
This review identifies empirical facts about lobbying that are generally agreed upon in the literature. It then discusses challenges to empirical research in lobbying and provides examples of empirical methods that can be employed to overcome these challenges—with an emphasis on statistical measurement, identification, and casual inference.
American Economics Journal: Applied Economics
Individuals dominate money in politics, accounting for over 90 percent of campaign contributions, yet studies of drivers of individuals' giving are scarce. We analyze data on all contributions made between 1991 and 2008 by all 1,556 people who became S&P 500 CEOs during that interval. We exploit variation in leadership status over these individuals' careers to identify that being an S&P 500 CEO causes a $4,029 or 137 percent jump per election cycle in personal giving.
California Management Review
We offer two integrated strategies managers can use in the face of regulatory uncertainty vis-à-vis the natural environment. As integrated strategies, they both recognize non-market forces while taking into account market realities. Advocating for Pragmatic, Progressive Policy enables firms to shape future policy around existing environmental strengths; this strategy tips the scale towards a winning position by raising competitors’ costs when competitors have yet to develop identical competencies...
Listing of top scholarly work by Brian Richter.