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Timothy Werner is an assistant professor of Business, Government & Society at the McCombs School of Business. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Government, School of Law, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Werner's research interests include corporate political activity, non-market strategy, campaign finance, and private politics. In addition to a book published by Cambridge University Press, his work has appeared in leading journals in economics, management, and political science. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on corporate political strategy.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Ph.D., Political Science 2009
University of Wisconsin-Madison: M.A., Political Science 2004
Rice University: B.A., Political Science 2001
Media Appearances (9)
Five Ways Boycotts Have Been Transformed In The Trump Era
Fast Company online
"What we're seeing now is politicians calling for boycotts, which we have not historically seen outside of perhaps the Civil Rights movement," says University of Texas at Austin professor Tim Werner, who specializes in corporate social responsibility and government policy.
Anti-LBGT Laws Push Corporations to the Forefront of Equality
CBC News online
Regarding the anti-LGBT laws in states, including North Carolina, it's difficult to quantify the total cost to the state of such actions, but simply put, the law is bad for business because "the reputational damage can be very real," says Timothy Werner, an assistant professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
How North Carolina’s Anti-discrimination Law Is Redefining Corporate Activism
Wharton School of Business online
Timothy Werner, professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin says the North Carolina issue over LGBT protection against discrimination is “straightforward” and not nearly as controversial as same-sex marriage as a public issue
Citizens United Protects Executives at the Expense of Shareholders
Texas Enterprise | Big Ideas in Business online
In its controversial Citizens United decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that companies can spend unlimited funds to influence elections. Werner's research shows that past spending of this type resulted in laws that entrenched and enriched managers — at the expense of shareholders and the public.
Corporate Managers Protect Themselves at Shareholders' Expense With Campaign Spending to Encourage States to Pass Antitakeover Legislation
The London School of Economics and Political Science online
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which allowed corporations to make campaign contributions, Werner argues that corporate managers will use the influence of their new spending ability to push for corporate governance laws that will protect their positions from competition.
Bragging Rights: ATA's Highest Honor, CPA Outstanding Accounting Educator, Best Paper
McCombs Today online
Tim Werner's paper, which he co-authored with Mary-Hunter McDonell, a professor at Georgetown University, titled, "Blacklisted Benefactors: The Political Contestation of Non-Market Strategy," was chosen as best conference paper from over 700 papers presented at the Strategic Management Society's annual meeting from Sept. 20-23 in Madrid, Spain...
Risky Business? The Campaign Contributions Politicians Won't Touch
Texas Enterprise | Big Ideas in Business online
Werner and co-author McDonnell examine how a company’s reputation affects its political strategy, specifically, how contentious activists — or those who organized boycotts — disrupt a company’s ability to support politicians.
How Big Business Got Behind Gay Rights
Washington Post online
Q&A with Werner on how and why companies expanded their non-discrimination policies to gays and lesbians despite little federal regulation that required it and despite public policy-making that was overtly hostile. He finds that the progressive stance of business on gay rights has affected politics and helped reshape debates regarding gay rights.
Think before you boycott: There are consequences
Boston Globe online
High-impact boycotts don’t generally work by causing a direct financial impact through lost sales, said Timothy Werner, associate professor at the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas in Austin. Instead, the most effective campaigns raise a ruckus that companies are eager to tamp down.
Listing of top scholarly works by Timothy Werner
Werner's findings support the existence of a sociopolitical dimension to firms' reputations that affects how public policy makers evaluate firms, demonstrating that corporate social responsibility pays political benefits.
Werner tests the agency theory of corporate political activity by examining the association between the legality of independent expenditures and antitakeover lawmaking in the US states.
Werner studies the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision on firms' stock prices and finds no support for the the argument that public policy will be unduly influenced by corporate cash.
Werner investigates the characteristics of white Southern constituencies that reelected racial liberals to the U.S. House in the period between the 1948 Democratic Convention and the passage of the Voting Rights Act. His research reveals that racial liberals from the Peripheral South and the cities of the Deep South were able to establish bonds between themselves and their constituents that were sufficient to win reelection.
This research addresses the impact of public funding on competition and campaign decision-making.