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Vontrese Renee Deeds Pamphile Faculty Member

Dr. Pamphile’s research contributes an organizational perspective about the role of businesses in addressing societal issues. To advance research in this area, I study how organizational actors engage social impact inside organizations the subsequent consequences. One stream of my research seeks to understand how organizational members work through business-society tensions that arise when firms engage social impact. This work deepens our understanding of how organizational members manage competing demands in everyday work, develop expertise, and navigate changing legitimacy. A second stream of my research seeks to understand the consequences of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), with an emphasis on employee effects (e.g., retention and productivity). This work helps provide a more complete picture of the consequences of firm engagement in social issues by focusing on when CSR yields employee benefits rather than whether CSR yields benefits. In her work, Dr. Pamphile takes a multi-method and multi-level approach to analyze these phenomena, using in-depth qualitative interviews, archival data sets, and experimental designs. Her work has been published in top academic outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science. Her research has also received practical impact awards. Dr. Pamphile teaches courses on business ethics and strategic negotiations and ethics, for which she has received top evaluations from undergraduate and MBA students. She earned a dual-Ph.D. in Management and Sociology from Kellogg School of Management. Her doctoral work was supported by a dissertation improvement grant from the National Science Foundation. Prior to graduate school, she directed the education nonprofit the I Have a Dream Foundation, in Newark, NJ and was an AmeriCorps member. She received her B.A. in Sociology and American Culture from the University of Michigan.

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