Secondary Titles (1)
- W. George Pinnell Professor
Professor Maxwell is W. George Pinnell Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. His primary areas of research interest concerns the interface between industry, government, non-governmental organizations and our natural environment. He has published numerous scholarly and practitioner articles and edited volumes in this area including a collection of his work, entitled Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2004. Professor Maxwell has been a visiting scholar at University College, London, Bonn University and Peking University. Professor Maxwell has taught courses on the Global Environment of Business, Corporate Non-market Strategy, Managerial Economics, and Regulation & Public Policy to undergraduate, MBA and PhD students.
Industry Expertise (5)
Writing and Editing
Areas of Expertise (5)
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Pressure
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (professional)
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Research Fellow
Research Fellow - CCISSR (The China Center for Insurance and Social Security Research) Peking University (Beijing University) (professional)
Research Fellow CCISSR (The China Center for Insurance and Social Security Research) Peking University (Beijing University)
Senior Fellow, ZEI, University of Bonn, Germany (professional)
Senior Fellow, ZEI, University of Bonn, Germany
Queen's University: Ph.D., Economics 1993
Queen's University: M.A., Economics 1987
Acadia University: B.S.cS, Mathematics 1986
Media Appearances (1)
Reframing Corporate Sustainability
Huffington Post online
Blog posting on Huffington Post explaining a new perspective on corporate sustainability.
Greenwash: Environmental Disclosure Under Threat of AuditJournal of Economics and Management Strategy
2011 This article explores the development of an economic model of “greenwash,” in which a firm strategically discloses environmental information and an activist may audit and penalize the firm for disclosing positive but not negative aspects of its environmental profile.
Label Confusion: The Groucho Effect of Uncertain StandardsLabel Confusion: The Groucho Effect of Uncertain Standards
2011 This article demonstrates how even small amounts of uncertainty can create consumer confusion that reduces or eliminates the value to firms of adopting voluntary labels.
On Conflict over Natural ResourcesEcological Economics
2011 This paper considers a game theoretic framework of repeated conflict over natural resource extraction, in which the victory in each engagement is probabilistic and the winner takes all the extracted resource. Every period, each contesting group allocates its capabilities, or power, between resource extraction and fighting over the extracted amount.
Corporate social responsibility and the environment: A theoretical perspectiveReview of environmental economics and policy
2008 This article surveys the growing theoretical literature on the motives for and welfare effects of environmental corporate social responsibility (CSR). We show how both market and nonmarket forces are making environmental CSR profitable, and also discuss altruistic CSR.
Environmental public voluntary programs reconsideredPolicy Studies Journal
2007 This article examines environmental “public voluntary programs” (PVPs) involving government offers of positive publicity and technical assistance to firms that reach certain environmental goals. A growing body of empirical work suggests these programs generally have little impact on the behavior of their participants.